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:

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.

In cases of a stillbirth or infant death, you may be able to get 1 or both of these payments:

Income test

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.

Not eligible

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:

Next: How much you can get

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: 1 July 2021