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Who is eligible for Parental Leave Pay?

To be eligible for Parental Leave Pay you must:

- be the primary carer of a newborn or recently adopted child
- have worked 10 of the 13 months before the birth or adoption of your child, and
330 hours in that 10 month period (just more than one day a week) with no more than an 8-week gap between two consecutive working days. You may be eligible if you work full-time, part-time, casually, seasonally, as a contractor or for yourself.
- meet the Paid Parental Leave income test – have received an individual adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less in the financial year either before the date of birth or adoption, or the date you claim, whichever is earlier.
- be on leave or not working from the time you become your child’s primary carer until the end of your Paid Parental Leave period

How much money will you receive in Parental Leave Pay?

Parental Leave Pay is currently $672.60 per week before tax for a maximum of 18 weeks (amount correct as of September 2016).

It is a taxable payment – which means it may affect your existing family assistance entitlements, child support arrangements and tax obligations.

How is the Parental Leave Pay paid to you?

Parental Leave Pay can be paid to you by your employer or directly from the government.

Usually your employer will receive the amount from the government and then pay it to you in your usual pay cycle. This allows them to withhold your usual amount of tax and allow for any other payments or contributions that you regularly make (super, salary sacrifice etc).

You can opt to have the payment paid directly to you from the government. This might be a better option if you’ve decided not to return to your employer, if they are not based in Australia or you haven’t worked for them for long.

You should begin talking to your employer about Parental Leave Pay at least 10 weeks before the date you intend to start your leave.

How much leave are you entitled to?

The scheme provides you with 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay but does not give you an entitlement to leave. You need to work out your maternity leave entitlements with your employer as it is based on how long you’ve worked for them and any company policies they have. Make sure you have this conversation with at least 10 weeks’ notice.

Can you do any work while you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay?

If you return to work before the end of your Parental Leave Pay period you are no longer eligible to receive the payment.

However, there is a provision in the scheme that allows you to keep in touch with your employer and ease your transition back into the workplace. The Keeping In Touch provision allows you to access 10 ‘keeping in touch’ days while you are receiving Parental Leave Pay. A paid work activity of ONE hour or more on a day counts as ONE Keeping in Touch day, and counts towards the 10-day limit.

Your employer is required to pay you for your time. But a Keeping in Touch day won’t affect your Parental Leave Pay payments and won’t extend your leave. It should be to:

- refresh your skills
- transition back to the workplace
- become familiar with new or updated processes, or
- be involved in planning discussions or meetings that may affect your role

What about if you don’t work – is there a payment for non-working mums?

The Baby Bonus was scrapped in 2014 but you may be eligible for the Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.

This payment is available to parents who are eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A.

The Newborn Upfront Payment is a lump sum of $532. The Newborn Supplement amount depends on your income and how many children you have. The maximum amount is a maximum of $1,595.23 for your first child or a maximum of $532.35 for subsequent children (amounts correct as of September 2016). This amount is added to your Family Tax Benefit Part A as a supplement so you’ll receive fortnightly if that’s how you’ve chosen to receive Family Tax A.

Can your partner access the Dad and Partner Pay?

Eligible dads or partners can access two weeks of government-funded pay after the birth of a baby or adoption of a child.

To be eligible the dad or partner must:

- provide care for a newborn or recently adopted child
- meet an income test
- have worked at least 10 of the 13 months before the date their Dad and Partner Pay period starts, and 330 hours in that 10 month period (just more than a day a week) with no more than an 8 week gap between two consecutive working days
- be on unpaid leave or not working while getting the payment
- make a claim within 52 weeks of the child’s birth or adoption
- Dad and Partner Pay is $672.60 per week before tax (correct as of September 2016). The government pays the money into a nominated bank account after the child is born and the claim finalised.

Thank you for this.

Could you clarify (and I apologise for this) but the "Parental Leave Pay is currently $672.60 per week before tax" provided by the gvt, will my employer will pay the difference and add the gvt parental leave so there is no current salary loss or minimal during the maternity leave ?or does it mean this would be the new salary paid during maternity leave ?

Thank you
Hi Nzivf41,
As I understand it (and I could be wrong), you get Paid Parental Leave from the government and you can receive x weeks pay from your employer, depending on company policy. For example, my company policy states that my employer will pay for 6 weeks maternity leave only.
Just wondering when we can apply for paid parental leave? I'm not due for a little while but just want to get all the paper work out of the way early
You can do the application up to 3 months ahead of your due date. You'll still need to submit a form though after the birth of you baby as proof of the birth.
Thank you for this.

Could you clarify (and I apologise for this) but the "Parental Leave Pay is currently $672.60 per week before tax" provided by the gvt, will my employer will pay the difference and add the gvt parental leave so there is no current salary loss or minimal during the maternity leave ?or does it mean this would be the new salary paid during maternity leave ?

Thank you
thank you for this


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