Changes to Parental Leave Pay from 1 July 2020

16 June 2020

This change will affect people with a child born or adopted on or after this date.

As an employer, you’ll still need to provide Parental Leave Pay to eligible employees on behalf of the Australian Government.

Your employees may still get up to 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. However, from 1 July 2020, Parental Leave Pay will be available as:

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

Your employee can choose how and when they would like to get Parental Leave Pay. They’ll be able to do this from 14 September 2020.

They can connect up to 30 of their Flexible Paid Parental Leave days to their 12 week Paid Parental Leave period. This will extend their continuous period to a maximum of 18 weeks.

You’ll only need to provide the Paid Parental Leave period and any connected Flexible Paid Parental Leave days. We’ll provide any other Flexible Paid Parental Leave days.

If you need to provide Parental Leave Pay to an eligible employee, we’ll continue to provide the funds to you. This is just like we do now. We’ll also tell you how long you need to pay them. You won’t need to make any special changes to the way you currently provide the funds.

Next steps

Read more about Paid Parental Leave scheme for employers.

There’s more information for employees about changes if they get family payments.

Page last updated: 16 June 2020