Transferring Parental Leave Pay

You may be able to transfer some or all of your Parental Leave Pay to another eligible person.

Eligibility for transfer

To transfer your payment, you and the person you want to transfer your payment to must first claim, and be eligible for, Parental Leave Pay. You should both submit a claim at the same time and before you return to work.

An eligible person for the purposes of transferring Parental Leave Pay can be:

  • your partner
  • the other legal parent of your child, or
  • the partner of your child’s other legal parent

You can advise us of the intention to transfer Parental Leave Pay in your claim. If you have already submitted your claim, you should call the Families line.

Transferring part of your Parental Leave Pay

You can get some Parental Leave Pay as the initial primary carer, and then transfer the balance to another eligible person who takes over primary care of your child.

You must be eligible from the day the child is born or adopted until the day you transfer primary care of your child to the second carer. The second carer must be eligible for each day after the primary care is transferred until the end of their Paid Parental Leave period.

You and the second carer can only get Parental Leave Pay for a continuous period of up to 18 weeks. This means that:

  • when the first carer’s Paid Parental Leave period ends, the second carer’s Paid Parental Leave period begins immediately
  • there can’t be a gap between the 2 Paid Parental Leave periods, and
  • the second carer’s Paid Parental Leave period would end, at the latest, 18 weeks after the first carer’s Paid Parental Leave period began

Transferring all of your Parental Leave Pay

You can also transfer your full Parental Leave Pay to another eligible person.

To do this, you must first claim and be eligible for Parental Leave Pay and request to transfer the payment to the second carer. You must also nominate the Paid Parental Leave period start date. The second carer must also claim and be eligible for Parental Leave Pay.

If the second carer has primary care of the child from the day they are born or adopted, they must be eligible for Parental Leave Pay from that day until the end of the Paid Parental Leave period. It is recommended that you both submit your claims at the same time, and before you return to work.

If you have primary care for 1 or more days before the second carer takes over primary care, you must be eligible for each day you have primary care. After primary care is transferred to the second carer, they must be eligible for each day until the end of the Paid Parental Leave period.

Examples of transferring Parental Leave Pay

Transferring part of Parental Leave Pay

Angela uses her annual leave for the 6 weeks before the birth of her child and takes 6 weeks unpaid leave after the birth. Angela gets Parental Leave Pay from her child’s date of birth on the 4 May 2015. Angela returns to work on 15 June 2015, when her child is 6 weeks old. Her partner, Robert, takes leave from work and has primary care of their child from 15 June 2015.

To transfer the remaining 12 weeks Parental Leave Pay to Robert, Angela must advise that she has returned to work and that she would like to transfer her remaining payment to her partner.

Robert submits a claim and is eligible for Parental Leave Pay. Robert will get Parental Leave Pay for 12 weeks, beginning on 15 June 2015 and ending on 6 September 2015.

Transferring all Parental Leave Pay

Example 1

Karen gives birth to her daughter, Alexandra, on 12 August 2015. Her partner, Lionel, has primary care of their child from birth. Karen claims Parental Leave Pay and meets the work and income tests and residency requirements. She elects to transfer her full payment to Lionel and nominates that the Paid Parental Leave period should start on 1 October 2015.

Lionel claims Parental Leave Pay. He meets the work and income tests and residency requirements. He indicates that he has had primary care of Alexandra from her birth. Lionel plans to return to work on 1 January 2016. Lionel is found eligible and his Paid Parental Leave period is from 1 October to 31 December 2015.

Lionel receives less than the maximum 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. If Karen had chosen an earlier Paid Parental Leave period start date, Lionel may have been eligible to receive the maximum 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay.

Example 2

Kym had a child, Tyler, on 4 July 2015. Kym submits a claim for Parental Leave Pay on 30 July 2015 and indicates she would like to transfer all of her Parental Leave Pay to her partner, Keith. Kym had primary care of Tyler from birth, until she returned to work on 20 July 2015. On 19 July 2015, Keith stopped work and took over primary care of Tyler. In Kym’s claim, she indicated that she would like the Paid Parental Leave period to start on 20 July 2015 for Keith.

Kym met the work and income tests and residency requirements. She was also eligible for Parental Leave Pay for each day she had primary care of Tyler.

Keith submits a claim and is found eligible from 20 July 2015. He meets the work and income tests and residency requirements. He also meets the eligibility criteria for each day from when he gains primary care of Tyler, until the end of the Paid Parental Leave period. Keith receives the full 18 weeks of payment.

Page last updated: 7 November 2016

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