Parental Leave Pay
A payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your new child.
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To get this you must:
- be the primary carer of a newborn or newly adopted child
- have individually earned less than $150,000 in the last financial year
- not be working during your Paid Parental Leave period
- have met the work test in the 13 months before the child’s birth or entry into care.
Read the full conditions under who can get it
Watch our video about Parental Leave Pay.
You must also claim Parental Leave Pay within the claiming timeframes.
If you're an employer, read more about the Paid Parental Leave scheme for employers and how to help your employees.
Parental Leave Pay is based on the weekly rate of the national minimum wage. You can get it for up to 18 weeks, which is 90 payable days.
Complete the following steps to claim Parental Leave Pay. Before you start, check if you can get it.
Page last updated: 28 September 2020
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