Work test changes for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay

16 November 2020

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

If you think you’ll be eligible under the extended work test, you can claim online from 7 December 2020.

You can access the extended work test period 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.

If you’re eligible, we’ll extend your work test period from 13 months to 20 months. For Parental Leave Pay, you’ll use the 20 months before the birth or adoption of your child. For Dad and Partner Pay, you’ll use the 20 months before the start of your Dad and Partner Pay period.

By extending your work test period, you’ll be able to use work you did before COVID-19 affected your employment.

You’ll 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 any work day in that 10 month period.

We’ll contact you about this change if we rejected your claim because you didn’t meet the work test.

Next steps

Read more about changes to family payments.

Find out more about Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay.

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Page last updated: 16 November 2020