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Statement From NSW Education Department

Statement From NSW Education Department

NSW Education Department spokesperson statement:

Mr Long was granted surrogacy leave on half pay between March 2020 and April 2021.

He signed a statutory declaration in May 2020 saying he would apply for a parentage order in the Supreme Court under the Surrogacy Act 2010 and provide a copy of the application and the order to the Department when received, as required by the leave determination.

That has not occurred. Mr Long has received the leave.

The Department has not asked for any money back but is waiting on Mr Long to fulfil his legal obligations in this matter and provide the documents he said he would.

These requirements are applicable for all employees with surrogate children. We implore Mr Long to obtain his order from the Supreme Court or work with us to understand and resolve the issue.