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
  • 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.

The work test to get Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay has changed. Read more if you're welcoming a new child to your family.

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

Page last updated: 12 March 2020