Parental Leave Pay for a child born or adopted before 1 July 2023

A payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for a child born or adopted before 1 July 2023.

To get this payment all of the following must apply. You must:

  • be the primary carer for a child who was born or adopted before 1 July 2023
  • have met the income test
  • not be working during your Paid Parental Leave period except for allowable reasons
  • have met the work test
  • have registered or applied to register your child’s birth with your state or territory birth registry, if they’re a newborn.

If you’re the child’s biological father or other parent, you’ll need to claim Dad and Partner Pay.

Watch our video about Parental Leave Pay.

Read the full conditions under who can get it.

You must also claim Parental Leave Pay within the claiming timeframes.

You can manage your Flexible Paid Parental Leave days online.

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

Page last updated: 19 March 2024.
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