Parental Leave Pay

A payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your new child.

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 except for certain reasons
  • 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

If coronavirus (COVID-19) affected your work, you may be able to use an extended work test when you claim. Read more about changes to the work test.

Watch our video about Parental Leave Pay.

You must also claim Parental Leave Pay within the claiming timeframes.

You can manage your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days online. Read more about Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

If you're an employer, read more about the Paid Parental Leave scheme for employers and how to help your employees.

Page last updated: 16 November 2020