Getting Parental Leave Pay if your child’s birth was premature

13 May 2021

Your plans could have changed, but you may still get Parental Leave Pay.

Meeting the work test for Parental Leave Pay

If your child was born early, you may not meet the regular work test for Parental Leave Pay. However, there are some exceptions to the work test if you have a premature birth. We can include the work you would have performed up until your child's expected date of birth.

If you don’t meet the work test because of the premature birth, you may need to provide the following:

  • proof your child’s expected date of birth, from a doctor or hospital
  • the dates you had planned to work during your work test period, from your employer.

Returning to work

If your child needs to stay in hospital straight after birth, you may return to work. You’ll still get Parental Leave Pay as long as both of the following apply:

  • you return to work 14 days or more after your child’s birth
  • you stop working on or before the day your child’s discharged from hospital.

If you keep working after your child is discharged from hospital, your Parental Leave Pay will stop.

Completing your claim for Parental Leave Pay

You should try to complete your claim online within 4 weeks of your child's birth. If you did a pre-birth claim, you'll need to submit their proof of birth.

You can nominate your child's date of birth as the start date. To do this, you need to do both of the following within 4 weeks of the birth:

  • submit your claim
  • provide proof of birth.

Getting extra help

If you need some extra help when dealing with us you can have an authorised representative to deal with us on your behalf. You can authorise them to enquire, act or get payments for you.

You might be able to get payments to help with the cost of having a baby and raising children. Parenting Payment is the main income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer. You can also read more about how we can help when you’re having a baby.

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Page last updated: 13 May 2021