Parental Leave Pay

A payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your new child.

You can now include periods you got COVID-19 Disaster Payment in the work test for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay. Read more about COVID-19 payments and the work test.

To get this you must:

  • be the primary carer of a newborn or newly adopted child
  • have met the income test
  • not be working during your Paid Parental Leave period except for allowable reasons
  • have met the work test
  • have registered or applied to register your child’s birth with your state or territory birth registry, if they’re a newborn.

Read the full conditions under who can get it

Watch our video about Parental Leave Pay.

You must also claim Parental Leave Pay within the claiming timeframes.

You can manage your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days online.

If you're an employer, read more about the Paid Parental Leave scheme for employers and how to help your employees.

Page last updated: 1 July 2021