Dad and Partner Pay
Provides up to 2 weeks government funded pay to dads or partners caring for a newborn or recently adopted child.
- provide care for a newborn or recently adopted child
- meet a work and income test
- be on unpaid leave or not working while getting the payment
Eligibility & payment rates
To be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay, you need to meet certain criteria.
Dad and Partner Pay is currently $657 per week before tax, for a maximum period of 2 weeks. This is the weekly rate of the national minimum wage.
We'll pay you after your child is born or adopted and your claim is finalised. If you choose to take your Dad and Partner Pay period at a later date, we'll pay you at that time.
We pay Dad and Partner Pay into your nominated bank account in 1 instalment.
Dad and Partner Pay is taxable income and may affect other family assistance payments.
Your family can still receive Family Tax Benefit during your Dad and Partner Pay period, but you need to include Dad and Partner Pay in your estimate of adjusted taxable income for family assistance.
If eligible, your family can get Parental Leave Pay or the Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement for the same child that you get your Dad and Partner Pay. The father or partner doesn't need to be getting Parental Leave Pay to get their Dad and Partner Pay.
As an individual, you may be able to get Dad and Partner Pay and Parental Leave Pay, but not at the same time. You can get a maximum of 18 weeks pay under the Paid Parental Leave scheme as an individual.
To be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay, you need to meet the work test or receive an exemption.
Dad and Partner Pay doesn't change your workplace leave entitlements.
If you have worked continuously for your employer for 12 months or more, you may be entitled to unpaid parental leave under the National Employment Standards in the Fair Work Act 2009.
Read more about leave on the Fair Work Ombudsman website and talk to your employer about taking unpaid parental leave. If you've worked for your employer for less than 12 months, consider speaking with them to negotiate unpaid leave.
Your adjusted taxable income will be used to assess entitlement for some payments, support and benefits.
To be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay you must satisfy residence requirements.
When your child is born or comes into your care, you must be living in Australia and:
- have Australian citizenship
- hold a permanent visa
- hold a special category visa, or
- hold a temporary visa; for example a partner provisional, interdependency or temporary protection visa
You must continue to meet the residence requirements for as long as you get this payment.
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- find out what you need before you start your claim
- choose your claiming option
- submit your claim
- provide proof of birth or adoption
- we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome
Managing your payment
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
You need to tell us if your circumstances change while receiving Dad and Partner Pay.
For example, if:
- you don't have care of your child during your Dad and Partner Pay period
- you work or take paid leave during your Dad and Partner Pay period
- you leave Australia, even for a short time, or
- you change your address
You must tell us as soon as possible about changes to your circumstances that may affect your Dad and Partner Pay entitlement.
If you're self employed, you can keep an eye on your business without losing your Dad and Partner Pay. This means you can oversee your business operations and perform occasional administrative tasks.
There are rules about whether your Dad and Partner Pay can be paid when you travel outside Australia.
There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.
If you're the parent of a newborn, you also need to register or apply to register the birth.
Find out how to register the birth on the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry in your state or territory on the Australian Government website.
Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a suggested list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.
Select your state and topics of interest to find links to government and community organisation support.