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  2. How to claim

Claiming timeframes for Parental Leave Pay

It’s best to claim Parental Leave Pay before your child's birth or adoption. You need to claim within 1 year of their birth or adoption.

  1. Top payments
  2. Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement

How much Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement you can get

The amount you get depends on your family’s income and how many children you have.

  1. Parental Leave Pay
  2. Who can get it

Meeting the Parental Leave Pay income test

To get Parental Leave Pay, you must meet an income test.

  1. Parental Leave Pay
  2. How your payments are impacted

Keeping in touch with your workplace if you get Parental Leave Pay

If you and your employer agree, you can keep in touch with your workplace without losing your Parental Leave Pay.

  1. Top payments
  2. Parental Leave Pay

How to claim Parental Leave Pay

Complete the following steps to claim Parental Leave Pay. Before you start, check if you can get it.

  1. Top payments
  2. Parental Leave Pay

How much Parental Leave Pay you can get

Parental Leave Pay is based on the weekly rate of the national minimum wage. You can get it for up to 18 weeks, which is 90 payable days.

  1. Raising kids
  2. Having a baby

Before the birth of your baby

Having a baby is an exciting time. There’s a lot of information about payments and services that can help with the cost of raising a child.

  1. Effects on your existing payments and entitlements
  2. Income

Paid Parental Leave counted as income

We now treat Paid Parental Leave as income. This means Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay count in your income test for payments from us.

  1. Parental Leave Pay
  2. How much you can get

How long the Paid Parental Leave period is

Your Paid Parental Leave period can be up to 12 weeks.

  1. Parental Leave Pay
  2. How much you can get

Flexible Paid Parental Leave days

Up to 30 Flexible Paid Parental Leave days are available as part of the maximum 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay.

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Page last updated: 10 December 2021