Parental Leave Pay
A payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your new child.
There are some changes to the work test for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay. Read more about COVID-19 payments and special circumstances and how they affect the work test.
We have information in different languages about Parental Leave Pay
Support for new parents on leave from work
Having a baby audio
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To get this you must:
- be the primary carer of a newborn or newly adopted child
- have met the income test
- not be working during your Paid Parental Leave period except for allowable reasons
- have met the work test
- have registered or applied to register your child’s birth with your state or territory birth registry, if they’re a newborn.
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.
You can manage your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days online.
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: 1 July 2021
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