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.

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.

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.

The number of Parental Leave Pay days you’ll get

Your child’s date of birth or adoption will determine how many days you can get. If you’re partnered, the date will also determine how many days they can get.

Child’s date of birth or adoption is fromYour family can get up to
1 July 2023100 days, or 20 weeks based on a 5 day work week
1 July 2024110 days, or 22 weeks based on a 5 day work week
1 July 2025120 days, or 24 weeks based on a 5 day work week
1 July 2026130 days, or 26 weeks based on a 5 day work week

If you’re a single parent, you’ll get all Parental Leave Pay days. However, 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 partner, some of your Parental Leave Pay will be reserved to share with them. You’ll need to decide together how to use the rest of the days. How many days you have reserved depends on your child’s date of birth or adoption.

Child’s date of birth or adoption is fromHow many days are reserved for your partner
1 July 202310 days
1 July 202410 days
1 July 202515 days
1 July 202620 days

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.

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

Page last updated: 29 April 2024.
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