Sharing your payment

You may share some or all of your Parental Leave Pay for a child born or adopted from 1 July 2023 with another parent.

Your family can get up to 100 days of Parental Leave Pay. You can choose to share either some or all of the Parental Leave Pay days. The most one parent in a couple can use is 90 days. Each parent can even take up to 10 days at the same time. There are some exemptions to these limits.

Information for birth mothers

If you’re the birth mother you can choose to share some or all of your Parental Leave Pay with the other parent.

If you have a partner, part of Parental Leave Pay will be reserved to share with them. To get the full 100 days, both parents need to claim and be eligible. The most one parent in a couple can use is 90 days. If only one parent in the couple is eligible, the 90 day limit still applies.

If you’re a single parent, you can still share your days with the other parent. If you choose not to, you can get the full 100 days of Parental Leave Pay.

Understand the rules

You can give approval to share some or all of the days with the other parent. If you choose to share your days, you must meet the work test for the other parent to be eligible, even if you don’t claim any days for yourself.

When the other parent claims Parental Leave Pay, we’ll send a task to your Centrelink online account through myGov. You’ll need to complete the task to confirm if you give approval to share Parental Leave Pay. The other parent can only claim the number of days you’ve approved to share with them.

When you claim, make sure to only include the number of days you’re claiming for yourself. If you’re sharing days with the other parent, this should not exceed the maximum number of days. For example, if you want to share 30 days with the other parent, you can’t claim more than 70 days for yourself.

Information for the first adoptive parent or first gaining parent in a surrogacy arrangement

If you’re the first adoptive parent, you can choose to share Parental Leave Pay with the other adoptive parent. First adoptive parent means you’re the first adoptive parent of the child to claim Parental Leave Pay.

If you’re the first parent gaining the child in a surrogacy arrangement to claim, you can choose to share Parental Leave Pay with the other gaining parent.

If you have a partner, part of Parental Leave Pay will be reserved to share with them. To get the full 100 days, both parents need to claim and be eligible. The most one parent in a couple can use is 90 days. If only one parent in the couple is eligible, the 90 day limit still applies.

If you’re a single parent, you can still share your days with the other parent. If you choose not to, you can get the full 100 days of Parental Leave Pay.

Understand the rules

You can give approval to share some or all of the days with the other parent.

To share Parental Leave Pay, if your partner isn’t listed on the adoption or surrogacy papers, then both you and they must meet the work test. This means if you don’t meet the work test, they won’t be eligible.

When the other parent claims Parental Leave Pay, we’ll send a task to your Centrelink online account through myGov. You’ll need to complete the task to confirm if you give approval to share Parental Leave Pay. They can only claim the number of days you’ve approved to share with them.

When you claim, make sure to only include the number of days you’re claiming for yourself. If you’re sharing days with the other parent, this should not exceed the maximum number of days. For example, if you want to share 30 days with the other parent, you can’t claim more than 70 days for yourself

Information for other parents

If you’re not the birth mother, first adoptive parent or first gaining parent in a surrogacy arrangement, to claim Parental Leave Pay you must be one of the following:

  • the partner of the birth mother
  • the child’s biological father
  • the partner of the child’s biological father
  • the partner of an adoptive parent
  • partner of the gaining parent in a surrogacy arrangement.

Both you and the birth mother must meet the work test if you’re any of the following:

  • the birth mother’s partner
  • the biological father
  • the biological father’s partner.

This means if you meet the work test but they don’t, you won’t be eligible.

Both you, and the first adoptive parent or first gaining parent in a surrogacy arrangement, must meet the work test. This is if you’re the partner of either the adoptive parent or the gaining parent but aren’t on the adoption or surrogacy papers. This means if you meet the work test but they don’t, you won’t be eligible.

If you have a partner, part of your Parental Leave Pay will be reserved to share with them. To get the full 100 days, both parents need to claim and be eligible. The most one parent can use is 90 days. If only one parent in the couple is eligible, the 90 day limit still applies.

If you’re single, the birth mother or first adoptive parent can choose to give you either:

  • some of their Parental Leave Pay days
  • all 100 Parental Leave Pay days.

The birth mother or first adoptive parent must first give approval to share any Parental Leave Pay days with you. You should discuss with them the number of days you’ll both take. When you claim Parental Leave Pay, we’ll send a task to the other parent’s Centrelink online account through myGov. They’ll need to complete the task to confirm if they give approval to share Parental Leave Pay. You can only claim the number of days they’ve approved to share with you.

Information if you’re caring for a child under exceptional circumstances

You may get Parental Leave Pay if you’re caring for a child under exceptional circumstances. If you’re the first person to claim for the child, you can choose to share Parental Leave Pay with your partner. If you choose not to, you can get the full 100 days of Parental Leave Pay.

Understand the rules

You can give approval to share Parental Leave Pay with your partner.

When your partner claims Parental Leave Pay, we’ll send a task to your Centrelink online account through myGov. You’ll need to complete the task to confirm if you give approval to share Parental Leave Pay. They can only claim the number of days you’ve approved to share with them.

When you claim, make sure to only include the number of days you’re claiming for yourself. If you’re sharing days with the other parent, this should not exceed the maximum number of days. For example, if you want to share 30 days with the other parent, you can’t claim more than 70 days for yourself.

Page last updated: 7 December 2023.
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