Choose how to take your payment

Understand the rules to help you decide how to use your Parental Leave Pay for a child born or adopted from 1 July 2023.

Parental Leave Pay is paid for up to 100 days, or 20 weeks based on a 5 day work week. You can choose to share this Parental Leave Pay.

If you’re sharing your Parental Leave Pay days with someone else, you can take up to 10 days at the same time.

To get this payment you’ll need to tell us when you want to access your days.

What days you can take

You can get Parental Leave Pay as any of the following:

  • a single block
  • multiple smaller blocks
  • single days
  • smaller blocks combined with single days.

You can take your Parental Leave Pay before or after you return to work. You can take it on any days both of the following apply:

  • you’re caring for the child
  • you’re not working, unless it’s for an allowable reason.

This can include weekdays, weekends, holidays or any time you’re on leave from work. You can also take it before, during or after any paid or unpaid employer funded leave. This includes all of the following:

  • maternity or parental leave
  • annual leave
  • long service leave.

You can take the amount of leave that works for you.

There are special rules if you’re giving your child up for adoption or as part of a surrogacy arrangement. Parental Leave Pay is only available to you within the first 20 weeks after the birth of the child. All of your Parental Leave Pay days must be in those first 20 weeks. You can’t share your Parental Leave Pay.

When you claim this payment

When you claim Parental Leave Pay you can tell us any of the following:

  • when you want to take a block of payment
  • when you want to take a single day
  • a combination of these.

You must tell us at least one day in your claim, but you can’t include any days before your child’s birth or adoption.

If you’re sharing Parental Leave Pay days with another parent, you can take up to 10 days on the same day as the other parent.

If you don’t know when you want to use your remaining days we’ll hold them in a balance. You can use them later or share them with another parent. You must use them within 2 years of your child’s birth or adoption. We’ll remind you if you still have days to use before this date.

If you’re giving your child up for adoption or as part of a surrogacy arrangement, you must take all your days within 20 weeks of the birth. You also can’t share your payment.

After you claim

After you claim, you can manage your days online. You can do all of the following:

  • claim or change Parental Leave Pay days
  • give or remove permission for someone else to claim days
  • view details about your Parental Leave Pay.

You can manage your days online by doing the following:

  1. Log into your Centrelink online account through your myGov account.
  2. From the menu select My Family.
  3. Select Parental Leave Pay circumstances.

Examples of taking different days

You can take your Parental Leave Pay days in a range of ways.

These examples don’t cover every situation.

Taking a smaller block of payment

Kym’s child is born on 8 August 2023. Kym works full time Monday to Friday and plans to go back to work after 6 weeks. She chooses to take 30 days or 6 weeks worth of Parental Leave Pay in a block. Kym keeps the remaining days in her balance.

Kym shares 10 days of Parental Leave Pay with her partner Louise. Louise decides to take the 10 days in the first 2 weeks following the child’s birth.

After 12 weeks back at work, Kym decides to get the remaining 60 days on the weekends. She won’t be working and has care of her child.

Taking single days and a block of payment

Peter and his partner Alicia adopt a child, Tom.

Peter takes time off work to care for Tom. His employer provides paid leave. He decides to use one day of Parental Leave Pay and keep the rest in his balance. He returns to work after 3 months of paid leave from his employer.

Alicia takes 12 weeks off work to care for Tom. Peter shares 60 days or 12 weeks of his Parental Leave Pay with Alicia.

Peter keeps the rest of the Parental Leave Pay in his balance. He then uses the days when he takes leave from work.

Sharing days with another parent

Nadia and Alan are expecting their third baby. Alan will stop work to care for the baby. Nadia plans to take 6 weeks leave before returning to work.

Nadia shares 10 days with Alan and they each decide to take Parental Leave Pay for the first 2 weeks. Nadia chooses to take another 20 days or 4 weeks. After that, Nadia shares the remaining 60 days with Alan for him to take later.

Taking a single block of payment

Zia has a child on 2 July 2023. Zia is single and decides to get her Parental Leave Pay in a single block from the child’s date of birth. She gets it for Monday to Friday and is paid in her usual pay cycle from her employer. She gets all 100 days over 20 weeks, until 18 November 2023.

Page last updated: 28 September 2023.
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