Flexible Paid Parental Leave days

If your child’s birth or adoption is on or after 1 July 2020, you may get Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

We’ll check if you’re eligible for up to 30 Flexible Paid Parental Leave days when you claim Parental Leave Pay.

These days will give you more choice about how and when you can get your Parental Leave Pay.

Choosing how to get your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days

You must use your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days within 2 years of your child’s birth or adoption. You can tell us when you want to use your days either:

  • when you claim Parental Leave Pay
  • at a later time.

You can use Flexible Paid Parental Leave days in several ways. You can:

  • connect them to the end of your 12 week Paid Parental Leave period
  • access them later at a time that suits you
  • give them to another person such as your partner, to use on days they have primary care of the child.

Connecting your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days

You can choose to get your Parental Leave Pay as a single continuous 18-week block. This is 90 payable weekdays. This block connects your 12-week Paid Parental Leave period to your 30 Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

You may want to do this if either:

You can choose a shorter block of Parental Leave Pay of between 12 and 18 weeks. This means you connect only some of your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days. You can take your remaining days later, when it suits you.

Number of days connected to your 12 week Paid Parental Leave period Length of continuous block of Parental Leave Pay Number of Flexible Paid Parental Leave days left to use later
30 18 weeks 0
20 16 weeks 10
10 14 weeks 20
5 13 weeks 25

In most cases your employer will pay you for these days. Read more about getting your payment.

Using your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days later

You can choose to access your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days separately to your Paid Parental Leave period. You can access them either:

  • one day at a time, including weekends
  • in blocks you choose.

You may want to do this if either of the following apply:

  • you plan to return to work within 18 weeks of your Paid Parental Leave period start date
  • you aren’t eligible for a Paid Parental Leave period.

We’ll pay these Flexible Paid Parental Leave days directly to you, not your employer.

You must use your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days within 2 years of your child’s birth or adoption.

You can choose a day in the future as long as it’s before your child’s 2nd birthday.

You can choose a day in the past as long as it’s:

  • no more than 42 days ago
  • after your Paid Parental Leave period
  • after your child’s birth or adoption.

You can’t get them on any day that you or another person are also getting either of the following:

  • Parental Leave Pay for the same child
  • Dad and Partner Pay for the same child.

Managing your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days

You can manage your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days. You can do this using your Centrelink online account through myGov then selecting Parental Leave Pay Circumstances.

When you tell us your dates, you must confirm that all of the following apply on those dates:

  • you’re not working or you’re on leave from work
  • you’re caring for your child
  • you meet the residence rules.

If we haven't assessed your claim yet, call the Families line.

Giving your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days to another person

You can give permission for another person to claim some or all of your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days. But they must be caring for your child.

You may choose to do this because you either:

  • return to work
  • are no longer the primary carer for your child.

Both you and the second carer must claim and be eligible for Parental Leave Pay.

You’ll need to tell us the number of days you want to give permission for the other person to claim. You should also tell them this number so they can include it in their claim.

Once we’ve granted their claim, they’ll choose when they want to get your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

If they don’t use a day you can remove permission for them to use it. This allows you to use the day for yourself if you change your mind.

Read more about transferring your payment.

Page last updated: 14 September 2020