Parental Leave Pay

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

To get this you must:

  • be the primary carer of a newborn or newly adopted child
  • have individually earned less than $150,000 in the last financial year
  • not be working during your Paid Parental Leave period
  • have met the work test in the 13 months before the child’s birth or entry into care.

Read the full conditions under who can get it.

Parental Leave Pay is changing from 1 July 2020. You need to know about the changes if your child’s birth or adoption is on or after then. Read more about the changes to Parental Leave Pay.

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

Page last updated: 16 June 2020