Parental Leave Pay is changing from 1 July 2020

16 June 2020

The changes will give you more choice about how and when you take your Parental Leave Pay.

Currently, you can get Parental Leave Pay for a continuous block of up to 18 weeks. This is 90 payable days.

If your child’s birth or adoption is on or after 1 July 2020, you may still get up to 90 days. However, your payment will include both:

  • a continuous Paid Parental Leave period of up to 12 weeks which is 60 payable days
  • 30 Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

You can still get your Parental Leave Pay in a single continuous 18 week block. To do this, we’ll connect your 12 week Paid Parental Leave period to your 30 Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

Alternatively, you can choose a shorter block of between 12 and 18 weeks. You can then take your remaining Flexible Paid Parental Leave days at a later time, when it suits you. You must take the Flexible Paid Parental Leave days before your child turns 2.

What you need to do

For now there’s no change to what you need to do. The best time to claim is still before your child’s birth or adoption.

From 14 September we’ll use your child’s date of birth to work out if the changes will affect you. We’ll send you more information if both of the following apply:

  • the changes affect you
  • you claim Parental Leave Pay before 14 September.

This will tell you how you can manage your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

From 14 September, we’ll ask both of the following if you claim Parental Leave Pay:

  • how you want to get your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days
  • when you want to get your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

If your child’s birth or adoption is before 1 July 2020, this change doesn’t impact you.

Next steps

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Page last updated: 16 June 2020