Extended work test for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay

7 December 2020

If coronavirus (COVID-19) affected your work, you may be able to use the extended work test.

If you think you’re eligible for either of these payments using the extended work test, you can claim online.

We’ll extend your work test period from 13 months to 20 months. By extending your work test period, you can use work you did before COVID-19 affected your employment.

You can use the extended work test when both the following apply:

  • you don’t meet the standard work test because your employment hours reduced, or you stopped work, due to COVID-19
  • your child’s birth or adoption is between 22 March 2020 and 31 March 2021.

Your extended work test will start 20 months before either:

You still need to meet the other work test requirements within the extended 20 month period. These include all the following:

  • worked at least 10 months in your work test period
  • worked at least 330 hours in that 10 month period
  • had no more than a 12 week break between each work day in that 10 month period.

We may have rejected your earlier claim if you didn’t meet the standard work test. You will need to claim again if you think you’ll be eligible using the extended work test.

Next steps

Read more about the work test for Parental Leave Pay and the work test for Dad and Partner Pay.

Find out how to claim Parental Leave Pay and how to claim Dad and Partner Pay.

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Page last updated: 7 December 2020