How to claim

Complete the following steps to claim Dad and Partner Pay. Before you start, check if you can get it.

You can apply for the maximum 2 weeks of Dad and Partner Pay. You need to apply no more than 50 weeks after the birth or adoption of your child.

The best time to apply is before the birth or adoption of your child. Read more about when to claim.

We can’t pay you before the birth or adoption of your child. Before your payments can start, you need to do both of the following:

Steps to claim Dad and Partner Pay


    1. Talk to your employer

    Talk to your employer at least 10 weeks before your child's expected date of birth or adoption. Tell them if you want to claim Dad and Partner Pay and negotiate your unpaid leave.

  2. Visiting a service centre

    2. Get ready to claim

    The easiest way to claim is online. To claim online, you need a myGov account linked to Centrelink. If you don’t have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you’ll need to set them up.

    You may need to prove your identity with us before you start your claim.

    If you can’t claim online, either:

  3. Gather Documents

    3. Get your documents ready

    You’ll need to get some supporting documents ready to help answer some of the questions in the claim.


    4. Make your claim

    1. Sign in to myGov and go to Centrelink.
    2. Select Payments and Claims from the menu, then under Claims, select Make a claim.
    3. Under Families, select Get started.
    4. Select Apply for Family Assistance (including Paid Parental Leave).
    5. Answer all the questions. Each screen has information to help you complete the claim. This includes how to submit your supporting documents.
    6. Submit your claim.

    When you're ready:

    Sign in to myGov


    5. Track your claim

    After you submit your claim online, you’ll get a receipt telling you all of the following:

    • the ID number of your claim
    • the date we estimate your claim will be complete
    • a link to track its progress.

    You can track the progress of your claim online. Sign in to myGov and go to Centrelink, or use the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

    We’ll let you know the result of your application. We’ll send a message to your myGov Inbox.

    If you don't get electronic letters, we'll send you a letter in the mail.

    If we need more details we’ll ask you for them.

    If you think we’ve made a mistake you can ask us to review our decision.

Page last updated: 17 November 2022