How to manage your Dad and Partner Pay during coronavirus (COVID-19)

7 December 2020

There are changes that could affect your payment.

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If you’ve claimed Dad and Partner Pay, make sure you still meet eligibility rules.

JobKeeper payment

You can’t get JobKeeper payment at the same time as Dad and Partner Pay. You can choose a payment start date to get Dad and Partner Pay after getting JobKeeper payment.

The work test

To be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay you need to meet the work test.

If COVID-19 affected your work, you may be able to use an extended work test when you claim. You can access 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.

Read more about meeting the work test.

Periods of JobKeeper payment also count towards meeting the work test.

Working or getting paid leave

Usually, to get Dad and Partner Pay, you must not be working and not be taking paid leave. However, you may still get Dad and Partner Pay if you work for allowable reasons. One reason is if you're a health professional, emergency services worker or other essential worker, responding to a state, territory or national emergency.

You’re an essential worker if you either:

  • have specific skills essential in responding to an emergency
  • are involved in the production of goods or the delivery of services essential in responding to an emergency.

If you’re planning to work for these reasons, you’ll need to keep us up to date online.

Next steps

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Page last updated: 7 December 2020