Transferring your payment

You may transfer some or all of your Parental Leave Pay to another eligible person.

Eligibility

You can transfer some or all of your Paid Parental Leave period to a second carer if you’re either the:

  • birth mother
  • adoptive parent.

This could be because you either:

You can also give permission for them to claim some or all of your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days. This is if your child is born or adopted on or after 1 July 2020.

You will need to tell us which parts they can claim.

To do this, you and the second carer must first claim and be eligible for Parental Leave Pay.

You can transfer your Parental Leave Pay to either:

  • your partner
  • the other legal parent of your child
  • the partner of your child’s other legal parent.

If you transfer, the second carer may get Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay for the same child. They must take their Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay periods at different times. We can't pay them at the same time. They can only receive a maximum of 18 weeks combined payment.

What you need to do

You can tell us you want to give some or all of your Parental Leave Pay to another person either:

  • when you claim
  • at a later time.

You will need to tell us:

  • what payments you want to give to a second carer
  • the date that the second carer will become the primary carer, if you are transferring some or all of your Paid Parental Leave period
  • the number of Flexible Paid Parental Leave days you want to give permission for the second carer to claim.

The second carer will need to claim Parental Leave Pay. You should tell them which parts of Parental Leave Pay you want to give to them.

If you’ve already submitted your claim, you should either:

If your family is getting Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay

As a family, you can get a total of 20 weeks Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined.

Individually, you can get a total of 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined.

Example of getting 20 weeks total as a family

Sarah has a child, Tom, on 4 October 2020. Sarah’s Paid Parental Leave period starts from Tom’s date of birth. Sarah returns to work on 13 December 2020.This is 10 weeks into her Paid Parental Leave period. Her partner, John, takes leave from work and will become primary carer from 13 December 2020. Sarah transfers the remaining 2 weeks of her Paid Parental Leave Period to John. To do this, Sarah uses her Centrelink online account through myGov to tell us:

  • the date she’ll return to work
  • she wants to transfer her remaining payment to John.

It’s important that Sarah does this before she returns to work.

John claims and is eligible for Parental Leave Pay. John gets the remaining 2 weeks of the Paid Parental Leave Period, from 13 December 2020 to 26 December 2020.

John’s Parental Leave Pay ends on 26 December 2020. John claims and is eligible for the full 2 weeks of Dad and Partner Pay. He gets this for Tom from 27 December 2020 to 9 January 2021.

Sarah still has 30 Flexible Paid Parental Leave days she can take before Tom turns 2. She takes leave from work in January 2021. She chooses to take her remaining 30 days in a 6-week block. She gets her remaining Parental Leave Pay from 11 January to 19 February 2021.

This means as a family they get 20 weeks of combined Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay.

Example of getting a total of 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay as an individual

Kate had a child, Louise, on 1 August 2019. Kate submitted a claim for Parental Leave Pay on 15 August 2019. She asked to transfer all her Parental Leave Pay to her partner, Daniel. Kate had primary care of Louise from birth and met the eligibility criteria. She was eligible for Parental Leave Pay for each day she had primary care, but didn’t take any. She went back to work on 25 September 2019.

Daniel claimed and was eligible for the full 2 weeks of Dad and Partner Pay. He got this from 1 to 14 August 2019. On 15 August 2019, Daniel went back to work until 25 September 2019. He then took over primary care of Louise until 15 January 2020.

Daniel submitted a claim for Parental Leave Pay and was eligible from 25 September 2019. Because Daniel already got Dad and Partner Pay, he couldn’t get the full 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. This is because individually, he can’t get more than 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined. Daniel was eligible for 16 weeks Parental Leave Pay for Louise. Daniel’s Parental Leave Pay ended on 15 January 2020.

If you want to transfer some of your Paid Parental Leave period

To transfer some of your Paid Parental Leave period to a second carer you and the second carer must both:

The second carer can claim up to 52 weeks after the child’s date of birth or adoption.

You and the second carer must get the Paid Parental Leave period in a continuous block. There can’t be a gap between the 2 Paid Parental Leave periods. This means:

  • when your Paid Parental Leave period ends, the second carer’s Paid Parental Leave period starts straightaway
  • the second carer must take primary care of the child on the day their Paid Parental Leave period begins.

Read more about when Parental Leave Pay will start.

Example of transferring some of your Paid Parental Leave period

Zia has a child, Max, on 4 May 2021. Her Paid Parental Leave period starts from Max’s date of birth. Zia returns to work on 15 June 2021, when Max is 6 weeks old. Her partner, Ravi, takes leave from work and has primary care of Max from 15 June 2021.

To transfer the remaining 6 weeks of the Paid Parental Leave period to Ravi, Zia tells us online. She selected Parental Leave Pay Circumstances in her Centrelink online account through myGov and tells us:

  • the date she'll return to work
  • she'd like to transfer 6 weeks to Ravi.

Ravi submits a claim and is eligible for Parental Leave Pay. Ravi gets the Paid Parental Leave period for 6 weeks, from 15 June 2021 to 26 July 2021.

Transfer all of your Paid Parental Leave period

To transfer all of the Paid Parental Leave period to a second eligible carer, all of the following must apply:

  • you and the second carer must claim and meet all eligibility criteria
  • you must both submit your claims around the same time as each other
  • you must both submit your claims within 52 weeks of your child’s date of birth or adoption

  • you must nominate a Paid Parental Leave period start date for the second carer.

To start your Parental Leave Pay from the child’s date of birth or entry into your care:

  • the first carer must claim and give proof of birth within 28 days of the child’s birth or adoption
  • the second carer must claim and be eligible
  • the second carer must be the primary carer of the child.

If you don’t give us proof within 28 days

If you don’t give us proof by then, you can’t have a start date before the date you submit your claim. This means you can ask your start date to be on or after the date of your claim.

Example of transferring the full 18 weeks

Kym has a child, Tyler, on 3 July 2020. Kym submits a claim for Parental Leave Pay on 30 July 2020. She asks to transfer all of her 12 week Paid Parental Leave period to her partner, Keith. She decides to keep her 30 Flexible Paid Parental Leave days to claim later.

Kym has primary care of Tyler from birth, until she goes back to work on 20 July 2020. For this reason, she’s eligible for the Paid Parental Leave period and can transfer it to Keith. On 19 July 2020, Keith stops work and takes primary care of Tyler. In Kym’s claim, she nominates 20 July 2020 as the start date.

Keith submits a claim and is eligible from 20 July 2020, the day he became Tyler’s primary carer. He’s eligible until the end of his 12 week Paid Parental Leave period. Keith also claims and is eligible for, Dad and Partner Pay for a 2 week period.

Later, Kym decides to give Keith some of her Flexible Paid Parental Leave days. He can only get a total of 18 weeks. This means he can’t use more than 20 Flexible Paid Parental Leave days. That’s because individually, he can’t get more than 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined.

Example of transferring the full 18 weeks when returning to work before your Paid Parental Leave period ends

Karen had a child, Alex, on 12 August 2018. Her partner, Lionel, had primary care of Alex from birth. Karen claimed Parental Leave Pay on 20 August 2018 and met the eligibility criteria. She chose to transfer her full payment to Lionel. She nominated the Paid Parental Leave period to start on 1 October 2018.

Lionel also claimed Parental Leave Pay on 20 August 2018. He met the eligibility criteria. He told us he had primary care of Alex from birth. Lionel stopped working before Alex’s birth and planned to go back to work on 1 January 2019. Lionel was eligible and had a Paid Parental Leave period from 1 October 2018 to 31 December 2018.

Lionel got less than the maximum 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. This is because Karen nominated the payment to start on 1 October 2018. If Karen chose an earlier start date, Lionel may have gotten the maximum 18 weeks before returning to work.

Example of transferring the full 18 weeks where the second carer has already got Dad and Partner Pay

Julie had a child, Leo on 14 September 2018. Julie submitted a claim for Parental Leave Pay on 30 September 2018. In her claim she said she’d like to transfer all of her Parental Leave Pay to her partner, Peter. Julie had primary care of Leo from birth and met the eligibility criteria. She was also eligible for Parental Leave Pay for each day she had primary care of Leo. This applied up until she returned to work on 15 October 2018.

Peter claimed and was eligible for the full 2 weeks of Dad and Partner Pay. He got this from 14 to 27 September 2018. On 28 September 2018, Peter returned to work until 15 October 2018. He then took primary care of Leo until 4 February 2019.

Peter submitted a claim for Parental Leave Pay and was eligible from 15 October 2018. Because Peter already got Dad and Partner Pay he couldn’t get the full 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. This is because he couldn’t get more than 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined. Peter was eligible for 16 weeks of Parental Leave Pay for Leo. Peter’s Parental Leave Pay ended on 4 February 2019.

Page last updated: 13 October 2020