Changes if you get family payments

There are some changes that may affect you if you get family payments.

Paid Parental Leave scheme changes

The Paid Parental Leave scheme has changed.

If your child’s birth or adoption was from 1 July 2023

On 1 July 2023, Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined into one payment. It increased to 100 days or 20 weeks, based on a 5 day work week. We also changed the income test, work requirements and who can get it.

Claims for Dad and Partner Pay closed on 30 June 2024. If you need support to take time off work for a recently born or adopted child, you should claim Parental Leave Pay.

These changes also help give families more flexibility to manage their work and care arrangements and encourage both parents to access the payment.

Single parents can get the full amount of Parental Leave Pay.

If you have a partner, 10 Parental Leave Pay days will be reserved for them to use. The birth mother, or first adoptive parent to claim, must give approval to share any Parental Leave Pay days with the other parent. They’ll still need to lodge a claim to get any Parental Leave Pay days you want to share with them.

If you’re sharing your Parental Leave Pay days with someone else, you can take up to 10 days at the same time. There are exemptions to the limit of taking 10 days at the same time. They’ll still need to lodge a claim to get any Parental Leave Pay days you want to share with them.

If your child’s birth or adoption is from 1 July 2024

On 1 July 2024 the total Parental Leave Pay available to families increased to 22 weeks or 110 days, based on a 5 day work week.

How many Parental Leave Pay days your family will get depends on your child’s date of birth or adoption. You can read about how much Parental Leave Pay you can get for a child born or adopted from 1 July 2023.

Page last updated: 8 July 2024.
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