Dad and Partner Pay
Supporting dads or partners caring for a newborn or recently adopted child with up to 2 weeks government funded pay.
- 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
- make a claim within 52 weeks of the child’s birth or adoption
Eligibility & payment rates
If you are an eligible working dad or partner, you can get up to 2 weeks of government funded pay based on the rate of the national minimum wage when you are on unpaid leave from work or are not working.
Dad and Partner Pay is up to 2 weeks of government funded pay based on the rate of the national minimum wage when you are on unpaid leave from work or are not working.
We will 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 will pay you at that time.
We pay the money into your bank account in 1 instalment.
Dad and Partner Pay is taxable income and may affect other family assistance payments.
Your family can still be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B, but you need to include Dad and Partner Pay in your family assistance income estimate.
We do not treat Dad and Partner Pay as income for Parenting Payment or other income support payments, such as Disability Support Pension or Newstart Allowance.
If eligible, your family can receive Parental Leave Pay or the Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement for the same child for whom you receive Dad and Partner Pay.
As an individual, you may be able to receive both Dad and Partner Pay and Parental Leave Pay, but not at the same time. You can receive 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 does not 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 taking unpaid parental leave on the Fair Work Ombudsman website and talk to your employer. If you have 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 your entitlement for some payments, supplements, 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 primary care, you must be living in Australia and:
- have Australian citizenship
- hold a permanent visa
- hold a special category visa, or
- hold a certain temporary visa type, for example a Partner Provisional 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:
- read the conditions for claiming
- start your claim online as early as 3 months before your child's expected due date of birth or adoption
- submit any supporting documents online
- finish and submit your claim
- provide proof of birth or adoption
- we 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.
For example, if:
- you do not have care of the child during your Dad and Partner Pay period
- you work or take paid leave during your Dad and Partner Pay period
- you no longer meet residence requirements
- you change your address, or
- your income changes
You must tell us as soon as possible about changes to your circumstances that may affect your Dad and Partner Pay entitlement.
If you are 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 the occasional administrative task.
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 the person who claims Dad and Partner Pay is a parent of a newborn, they 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.