Who can get it
You need to meet certain criteria to get Dad and Partner Pay.
To get Dad and Partner Pay you must be any of the following:
- child’s biological father
- partner of the birth mother
- adoptive parent
- partner of an adoptive parent
- person caring for a child born of a surrogacy arrangement.
In some circumstances, you may also be eligible if you’re either the:
- partner of the biological father
- partner of a new carer where care arrangements have changed, other than a foster care or permanent care arrangement.
For information about who we consider partnered, read more about relationship types.
You also need to meet all of the following conditions:
- a work test
- not be working for the same period you get Dad and Partner Pay except for allowable reasons
- not taking paid leave for the same period you get Dad and Partner Pay
be caring for the child on each day of the period you get Dad and Partner Pay
- meet resident rules and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- an income test.
You couldn’t get income from JobKeeper Payment at the same time as Dad and Partner Pay. You can get Dad and Partner Pay after your income from JobKeeper Payment ended.
You can’t get COVID-19 Disaster Payment for the same period you get Dad and Partner Pay. You can only get Dad and Partner Pay after the COVID-19 Disaster Payment ends.
In cases of a stillbirth or infant death, you may be able to get one or both of these payments:
- Dad and Partner Pay
- Stillborn Baby Payment.
You need to have earned an individual adjusted taxable income of either:
- $150,000 or less in the 2019-20 financial year
- $151,350 or less in the 2020-21 financial year.
This is for the financial year before your nominated start date, or date you submit your claim, whichever is earlier.
You can’t get Dad and Partner Pay if you’re the birth mother of the child. Instead, you may be able to get either:
- Parental Leave Pay
- Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement paid with Family Tax Benefit Part A.
If you’re a member of a couple, it can affect what payments you can get and your payment rate.
Dad and Partner Pay doesn't change your workplace leave entitlements.
We use your adjusted taxable income to work out your eligibility for some payments or services.
What you claim determines how we work out your adjusted taxable income.
Dad and Partner Pay is currently $772.55 per week before tax. It’s based on the weekly rate of the national minimum wage. You can receive it for up to 2 weeks.
Page last updated: 12 October 2021
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