Claiming timeframes

You need to claim within the timeframes to get Parental Leave Pay for a child born or adopted from 1 July 2023.

Your family can get up to 100 days of Parental Leave Pay, or 20 weeks based on a 5 day work week. If you have a partner, part of Parental Leave Pay will be reserved to share with them. Make sure your family gets all 100 days by claiming within the timeframes.

Getting Parental Leave Pay from your child’s date of birth or adoption

To get Parental Leave Pay from your child’s date of birth or adoption, you need to do both of the following within 14 weeks or 100 days of their birth or adoption:

  • submit your claim
  • provide proof of birth or adoption.

When you claim you’ll need to tell us when you want to get at least one day of Parental Leave Pay. If you aren’t sure when you want to take the rest, you can leave it in your balance. You can then choose to use it later, within 2 years of your child’s birth or adoption.

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.

Claiming before your child’s birth or adoption

If you’re the birth mother or first adoptive parent you can claim up to 3 months before the expected date of birth or adoption.

Other parents will need to wait until 1 July 2023 to claim.

By claiming early both of the following will apply:

  • you’ll be able to choose when your Parental Leave Pay starts after your child’s birth or adoption
  • you’ll have your claim assessed faster.

When your child comes into your care, you’ll need to give us both of the following within 56 days:

  • your child’s details, such as their full name and date of birth
  • proof of the birth or adoption.

Claiming after your child’s birth or adoption

To get Parental Leave Pay, at least one parent needs to claim within 52 weeks of the child’s birth or adoption. Other parents have 2 years to claim. You need to use all 100 days of Parental Leave Pay within 2 years of your child’s birth or adoption.

We can pay you up to 100 days in the past.

Getting Parental Leave Pay and employer funded leave

You can take Parental Leave Pay 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.
Page last updated: 1 July 2023.
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