Examples to help you apply the work test

You can meet the Dad and Partner Pay work test in a range of circumstances.

These examples don’t cover every situation. Read about the Dad and Partner Pay work test for more information.

When you take paid leave from work

Tom’s partner Alison had their baby on 18 August 2021. Tom claims Dad and Partner Pay for the 2 weeks after the baby’s birth. Tom’s work test period is from 23 July 2020 to 17 August 2021.

During that time Tom worked 38 hours per week, full time and took 13 weeks of paid leave. Tom’s paid leave counts as work, for the work test.

Tom worked for a 10 month period from 23 July 2020 to 12 May 2021. He worked more than 330 hours and didn’t have a gap of 12 weeks or more between work days.

Tom meets the work test.

When you have different employers

Jerry is the biological father of a child born on 3 July 2021. Jerry decides to claim Dad and Partner Pay for 2 weeks from 1 August to 14 August. His 13-month work test period is from 21 June 2020 to 31 July 2021.

Jerry worked for a 10-month period from 21 June 2020 to 13 March 2021. During that time, Jerry worked for 3 employers.

Jerry was working in an office for 6 hours every Monday. He did a total of 258 hours from the beginning of his work test period until 27 March 2021.

Jerry worked as a waiter with casual hours. He calculated that between 7 June and 27 March he worked a total of 70 hours.

Jerry also worked as a swimming instructor for 3 hours per week. He did this for 4 weeks in February 2021 for a total of 12 hours.

Jerry can include his work with each employer towards the work test.

Jerry has worked more than 330 hours in the work test period. There isn’t a gap of 12 weeks or more between 2 working days in the 10-month period.

Jerry meets the work test.

When your child’s birth is premature

Denise was working 8 hours per week since 5 September 2020.

Denise’s partner Jenna was having a baby due on 4 August 2021. But, Jenna had her baby prematurely on 22 May 2021. Denise claims Dad and Partner Pay for 2 weeks following the birth. Her 13-month work test period is from 26 April 2020 to 21 May 2021.

Denise calculated that she worked 296 hours from 5 September 2020 to 21 May 2021. This is less than 330 hours in the 10-month period.

Denise intended to work up to 25 June 2021, more than 6 weeks before Jenna’s due date. This would have resulted in her working additional hours and meant she worked over 330 hours.

Denise gave us evidence from Jenna’s doctor of their child’s expected due date. She also gave us evidence from her employer that she planned to continue working up to 25 June. The evidence included the number of hours Denise would have worked.

Denise meets the work test.

When you’re self employed

Levi runs a business from home, which he started in March 2020. Due to start up and running costs, Levi hasn’t made a profit from his business yet. He worked at least 4 days per week for 5 hours per day.

Levi’s partner Patricia had their first child on 30 April 2021. Levi took 2 weeks leave after the birth. His 13-month work test period is from 4 April 2020 to 29 April 2021.

Levi’s 10-month period is from 4 April 2020 to 23 January 2021. During this time he worked more than 330 hours without more than a 12 week gap.

Levi meets the work test.

When you got COVID-19 Disaster Payment

Michael’s partner Indira had their baby on 1 September 2021. Michael claims Dad and Partner Pay for 2 weeks following the birth. His 13-month work test period is from 5 August 2020 to 31 August 2021.

Michael was working in retail from 25 October 2020 to 25 June 2021 when the store where Michael worked closed down. Michael got COVID-19 Disaster Payment from 26 June 2021 to 31 August 2021.

Michael could count the COVID-19 Disaster Payment in his work test. Michael counted it as 7.6 hours for each weekday, which is Monday to Friday.

When Michael included the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, he met the work test because both the following applied:

  • Michael worked more than 330 hours in the 10 month period between 10 November 2020 and 31 August 2021
  • Michael didn’t have a gap more than 12 weeks between work days.
Page last updated: 2 August 2022.
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