Changes if you get family payments

There are some changes that may affect you if you get family payments.

What’s changing for the Paid Parental Leave scheme

To get Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay you need to meet a work test.

If coronavirus (COVID-19) affected your work, you may be able to use an extended work test period when you claim. You’ll be able to do this online from 7 December 2020.

You can access the extended work test period when both the following apply:

  • you don’t meet the standard work test because your employment hours reduced, or you stopped work, due to COVID-19
  • your child’s birth or adoption is between 22 March 2020 and 31 March 2021.

If you’re eligible, we’ll extend your work test period from 13 months to 20 months. For Parental Leave Pay, you’ll use the 20 months before the birth or adoption of your child. For Dad and Partner Pay, you’ll use the 20 months before the start of your Dad and Partner Pay period.

By extending your work test period, you’ll be able to use work you did before COVID-19 affected your employment.

You’ll still need to meet the other work test requirements within the extended 20 month period. These include all the following:

  • worked at least 10 months in your work test period
  • worked at least 330 hours in that 10 month period
  • had no more than a 12 week break between any work day in that 10 month period.

If you’re eligible, you can nominate a start date for your payment that’s in the past. It can be as early as your child’s date of birth or adoption.

However if you nominate a start date in the past, we may have paid you too much. This can happen if, in the same period, you or your partner got either:

If this happens you may owe us money which you’ll have to pay back.

If you or your partner get Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Subsidy you should update your family income estimate. It must include Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay.

Read more about the work test for Parental Leave Pay and the work test for Dad and Partner Pay.

What has changed for the Paid Parental Leave scheme

Flexible Paid Parental Leave days

Parental Leave Pay changed to give families more choice about how they can balance work and family commitments. This affects you if your child’s birth or adoption was on or after 1 July 2020.

If your child’s birth or adoption is on or after 1 July 2020, your payment will include both:

Income thresholds

There are no expected increases to either of the following until 1 July 2021:

  • the Parental Leave Pay income threshold of $150,000
  • the Dad and Partner Pay income threshold of $150,000.

Read more about who can get Parental Leave Pay and who can get Dad and Partner Pay.

Page last updated: 16 November 2020