Meeting the work test

You need to meet a work test to be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay.

What are the work requirements

To get Dad and Partner Pay you need to have worked both:

  • 10 of the 13 months before the date your Dad and Partner Pay period starts
  • 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.

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

There are some exceptions to the work test.

What counts as work

Work is either:

  • paid work on a day when you have worked for at least one hour
  • paid leave, such as sick leave or annual leave.

We won’t count unpaid leave.

Apart from full time work, you could also do any of the following:

  • be a part time, casual, or seasonal worker
  • be a contractor or self employed
  • work in a family business - if you’re earning income
  • have multiple employers
  • have recently changed jobs or left a job
  • have worked overseas.

If you work for a family business, you can include your work hours even if it doesn’t make an income. You must be working for financial gain or benefit, even if you’re not getting paid.

The following also counts as work:

  • previous periods of Dad and Partner Pay or Parental Leave Pay – each weekday counts as 7.6 hours
  • Supported Employment at an Australian Disability Enterprise
  • operating a business with support from the New Business Assistance with New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
  • jury service
  • Defence Reservist work
  • periods of work or accident compensation or similar payment related to employment
  • periods of JobKeeper Payment paid through your employer
  • periods where you got COVID-19 Disaster Payment paid by Services Australia.

JobKeeper Payment and COVID-19 Disaster Payment

For periods of JobKeeper Payment and COVID-19 Disaster Payment, you count whichever of the following is greater:

  • 7.6 hours for each weekday in the period, not including weekends
  • the number of hours actually worked each day, including weekends
  • the number of hours of paid leave each day.

When you claim online you will need to add up your hours of work and other activities that count as work. This will help us figure out if you meet the work test requirements. Make sure you include any periods of time that you got COVID-19 Disaster Payment when you do this.

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When you’re self employed

You may still meet the work test if you’re self employed.

You can include your hours of work, even if the business doesn’t generate any income. This is when you’re undertaking the work for financial reward or gain.

This includes any of the following:

  • providing goods and services for hire or reward
  • carrying on a business, including as a partnership or enterprise
  • working for a trust operating as a business.

What doesn’t count as work

Work doesn’t include any of the following:

  • unpaid work, including volunteer work
  • unpaid leave
  • income support programs that include a work component
  • study through a scholarship or other award of financial aid
  • paid out leave entitlements
  • state and territory COVID-19 payments
  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment paid by Services Australia.

Page last updated: 23 December 2021