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 and your partner’s eligibility for income support payments.

This means you and your partner 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 and your partner’s income support again.

How to minimise an overpayment

You and your partner may get an overpayment if both of the following apply:

  • you or your partner get an income support payment
  • you choose a start date for Dad and Partner Pay that’s in the past.

This is because we count Dad and Partner Pay as income.

If you get an overpayment, you’ll have to pay us back.

You can minimise this by choosing a start date in the future. Read more about nominating a start date for Dad and Partner Pay.

Child support payments

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

Page last updated: 28 March 2023.
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