Effect on your existing payments and entitlements

Dad and Partner Pay is part of your taxable income. It can affect your tax obligations and some payments and services.

It may affect your tax obligations, including all of the following:

  • child support
  • HECS liabilities
  • Medicare Levy Surcharge
  • public housing rent
  • low income or other health care cards, or other associated concessions
  • pensioner and beneficiary tax offsets.

Dad and Partner Pay also affects all of the following:

  • family assistance payments
  • Parental Leave Pay
  • income support payments
  • child support payments.

Family assistance payments

Your family may still get Family Tax Benefit during your Dad and Partner Pay period. You’ll need to include any Dad and Partner Pay you expect to get in your family income estimate for Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy.

Parental Leave Pay

As a family

For the same child you get Dad and Partner Pay for, your family may also be able to get either:

If your partner's eligible, they may get Parental Leave Pay for up to 18 weeks. This means your family can get a total of up to 20 weeks of Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay.

As an individual

You may be able to get Dad and Partner Pay and Parental Leave Pay for the same child. This can happen if the other parent transfers their Parental Leave Pay to you.

You can’t get both at the same time. The total you can get from both payments, can’t be more than 18 weeks.

Income support payments

We count Dad and Partner Pay as assessable income when we consider your eligibility for income support payments.

This means you may get a lower rate or no income support while you get Dad and Partner Pay. When your Dad and Partner Pay ends, we’ll adjust your income support again.

Child support payments

We treat Dad and Partner Pay as income for child support purposes.

Page last updated: 2 August 2022