How much you can get

Parental Leave Pay for a child born or adopted from 1 July 2023 is based on the national minimum wage. Your family can get up to 20 weeks, which is 100 payable days.

The current payment for Parental Leave Pay is $176.55 a day before tax, or $882.75 per 5 day week. This is based on the weekly rate of the national minimum wage.

The rate of Parental Leave Pay usually changes on 1 July. The rate you get depends on when in the financial year you take your leave. You’ll get the rate that applies for the financial year of the day or days you are claiming for. This may mean you get different rates. The rate isn’t based on when your child was born or adopted.

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. The most one parent in a couple can use is 90 days. To get the full 100 days, both parents need to claim and be eligible. If only one parent in the couple is eligible, the 90 day limit still applies.

If you’re a single parent, you can get the full 100 days of Parental Leave Pay. If you choose, you can give approval to share Parental Leave Pay with another parent.

Read more about sharing your payment.

If you have a multiple birth, for example twins or triplets, you can only get Parental Leave Pay for one child. Read more about having multiple children.

When your payment starts depends on when you claim. You’ll need to choose how to take your payment.

You can get 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.

Parental Leave Pay is a taxable payment. Read about paying tax on your payment.

Page last updated: 19 January 2024.
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