Parental Leave Pay

Financial support for up to 18 weeks to help working parents care for a newborn or recently adopted child.

Eligibility basics

  • be the primary carer of a newborn or recently adopted child
  • meet a work and income test
  • 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

The Government has proposed changes to Parental Leave Pay. This legislation hasn’t passed.

If you’ve submitted a claim for a child expected to be born on or after 1 January 2017, you don’t need to do anything. We’ll let you know if the changes go ahead.

Page last updated: 1 November 2016