Changes if you get family payments

There are some changes that may affect you if you get family payments.

What’s changing for Parental Leave Pay

Parental Leave Pay is changing to give families more choice about how they can balance work and family commitments. You need to know about these changes if your child’s birth or adoption is on or after 1 July 2020.

Currently, you can only get Parental Leave Pay as a continuous block of payment up to 18 weeks. This is 90 payable days. You must get this block within 1 year of your child’s birth or adoption.

If your child’s birth or adoption is on or after 1 July 2020, you’ll still get up to 90 days. However, 30 of those days will be Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

Your payment will include both:

  • a continuous Paid Parental Leave period of up to 12 weeks, which is 60 payable days
  • 30 Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

You must get the Paid Parental Leave period as a continuous block of payment. We can only pay it before you return to work and within 1 year of your child’s birth or adoption.

You can claim Flexible Paid Parental Leave days in a couple of ways. You can connect them to your Paid Parental Leave period as a continuous block. Or, you can claim them at a later time when it suits you. This can include both of the following:

  • after you’ve returned to work
  • up to 2 years after your child’s birth or adoption.

From 14 September 2020, you’ll be able to tell us both of the following:

  • how you would like us to pay your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days
  • when you would like us to pay your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

Claims for Parental Leave Pay

For now there’s nothing you need to do. The best time to claim is still before your child’s birth or adoption.

From 14 September, we’ll use your child’s date of birth or adoption to work out if the changes affect you.

If their birth or adoption is on or after 1 July 2020, you’ll get Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

Claims for Parental Leave Pay made before 14 September

If you’re eligible for Flexible Paid Parental Leave days, from 14 September we’ll do both of the following:

  • change the last 30 days of your Paid Parental Leave period to Flexible Paid Parental Leave days
  • send you information about how to manage these Flexible Paid Parental Leave days if you want to get them later.

Claims for Parental Leave Pay made on or after 14 September

We’ll check your eligibility for Flexible Paid Parental Leave days when you claim. We’ll also ask you how and when you want to get them.

Parental Leave Pay stops before 14 September 2020

You may still be able to access Flexible Paid Parental Leave. This is if your Parental Leave Pay has stopped because of one of the following reasons:

  • you’ve returned to work
  • the primary care of the child has changed
  • you’ve travelled overseas or there has been a change to your Australian residency
  • you transferred your payment to another person.

From 14 September, we’ll send you information. This will explain how you can claim your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

If you’d like us to check whether you can claim before 14 September, please call the Families line.

What has changed for Paid Parental Leave scheme

Income thresholds

There are no expected increases to either of the following until 1 July 2021:

  • the Parental Leave Pay income threshold of $150,000
  • the Dad and Partner Pay income threshold of $150,000.

Read about who can get Parental Leave Pay and who can get Dad and Partner Pay.

Page last updated: 15 September 2020