Meeting residence rules

To get Parental Leave Pay you must meet residence rules.

When your child is born or adopted you must be living in Australia and have 1 of the following:

Newly arrived residents may have to wait 2 years before getting this payment, with some exemptions. The 2 years needs to be before your child’s birth or adoption. For example, if your child’s birth was on 1 April 2021, you need to have waited 2 years before this. This means you need to have been in Australia as a resident since 1 April 2019 to qualify.

You must continue to meet the residence rules for as long as you get this payment.

Page last updated: 3 March 2021