Travel outside Australia

There are rules about how long we can pay your Parental Leave Pay when you travel outside Australia.

What the rules are

If you leave Australia to live in another country, your payment will stop when you leave.

If you leave Australia on a temporary basis, you may continue to get your payment. You'll keep getting it if any of the following apply:

You must also remain qualified and your absence must not exceed 56 weeks.

Your payment will normally stop when you leave Australia if you hold 1 of the following visas:

  • a Partner Provisional visa subclass 309 or visa subclass 820
  • a Safe Haven Enterprise visa subclass 790
  • a Temporary Protection visa subclass 785 granted on or after 16 December 2014.

If you hold 1 of these visas, we may pay you overseas for up to 6 weeks. This is only if you’re overseas for 1 of the following approved reasons:

  • to attend an acute family crisis – for example to visit a family member who is critically ill
  • for humanitarian reasons – for example to adopt a child or attend custody proceedings
  • to get eligible medical treatment that is not available in Australia.

We can’t pay most temporary protection type visa holders Parental Leave Pay outside Australia for any reason.

If your Parental Leave Pay stops when you leave, we can’t restart your Paid Parental Leave period when you return. This is even if it stopped for 1 day. However, we may be able to pay any remaining Flexible Paid Parental Leave days. This is if you return to Australia and are eligible at a later time.

When to tell us about your travel

You should tell us if you’re leaving Australia and any of the following apply:

If none of these apply to you, you don’t need to tell us you’re leaving Australia. Australia's immigration department will advise us when you leave and when you return.

The easiest way to tell us about your travel plans is to use your Centrelink online account through myGov. You can get information on how your travel could affect your payments and concession cards. You may need to call us on the Families line to discuss your circumstances further.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

Page last updated: 10 December 2020