Work Requirements

To get Parental Leave Pay you need to meet a work test.

To get Parental Leave Pay you need to have worked for both:

  • 10 of the 13 months before the birth or adoption of your child
  • a minimum of 330 hours, around one day a week, in that 10 month period.

Keep in mind, we count 10 months as 295 days and 13 months as 392 days.

Periods of JobKeeper Payment and COVID-19 Disaster Payment also count as work.

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

If coronavirus (COVID-19) affected your work, you may be able to use an extended work test when you claim. If you’re eligible, you’ll be able to use work you did before COVID-19 affected your employment.

Some exceptions to the work test apply for pregnancy related illness, complications and premature birth. A Dangerous Jobs provision may also apply.

Read more about exceptions to the work test.

Page last updated: 3 March 2022