Eligibility for Dad and Partner Pay

To be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay, you need to meet certain criteria.

You need to be one of the following:

  • the biological father of the child
  • the partner of the birth mother
  • the adopting parent
  • the partner of the adopting parent
  • the parent in a surrogacy arrangement
  • the partner of a parent in a surrogacy arrangement, or
  • the same-sex partner of:
    • the birth mother
    • biological father, or
    • the adopting parent

You also need to:

  • provide care for a newborn or recently adopted child - you don't need to have a particular percentage of care or legal responsibility of the child; however, you must be caring for the child on each day during your Dad and Partner Pay period
  • meet the work test for Dad and Partner Pay
  • meet residency requirements
  • 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, and
  • be on unpaid leave or not working during your Dad and Partner Pay period

Your Dad and Partner Pay period is the time you take off work and receive Dad and Partner Pay. This can be up to 2 weeks or it could be a shorter period. Your Dad and Partner Pay period must be taken in 1 continuous block.

Your employer may choose to pay you a top-up payment to supplement your Dad and Partner Pay. For example, they may pay the difference between your Dad and Partner Pay and your normal wage. This won't affect your eligibility. A top-up payment is not considered paid leave for the purposes of Dad and Partner Pay eligibility.

For multiple births or adoption, such as twins, Dad and Partner Pay can only be paid once.

In the case of a stillbirth or infant death, you may still be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay or Stillborn Baby Payment. Read more about Bereavement Payment or call the Families line.

Page last updated: 24 May 2016

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