Work Requirements

To get Parental Leave Pay you need to meet a work test.

To get Parental Leave Pay you need to have worked for both:

  • 10 of the 13 months before the birth or adoption of your child
  • a minimum of 330 hours, around 1 day a week, in that 10 month period.

Keep in mind, we count 10 months as 295 days and 13 months as 392 days.

Periods of JobKeeper Payment also count as work.

The gap you’re allowed between each work day in this period depends on your child’s date of birth or adoption.

If your child’s birth or adoption is:

  • before 1 January 2020, you can’t have more than an 8 week gap
  • on or after 1 January 2020, you can’t have more than a 12 week gap.

Some exceptions apply for pregnancy related illness, complications and premature birth.

A new Dangerous Jobs provision may apply if your baby’s birth is on or after 1 January 2020.

Read more about exceptions to the work test.

Page last updated: 3 July 2020