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.

You can’t have more than a 12 week gap between each work day in that 10 month period.

If coronavirus (COVID-19) affected your work, you may be able to use an extended work test when you claim. If you’re eligible, you’ll be able to use work you did before COVID-19 affected your employment.

Some exceptions to the work test apply for pregnancy related illness, complications and premature birth. A Dangerous Jobs provision may also apply.

Read more about exceptions to the work test.

Page last updated: 23 April 2021