Going back to work before the end of your Parental Leave Pay period

To get Parental Leave Pay you must be on leave and not working from when you become your child's primary carer until your Parental Leave Pay period ends.

If you return to work before the end of your Paid Parental Leave period, your Parental Leave Pay will stop. If you decide to return to work early, the unused part of your Parental Leave Pay may be transferred to another person if they meet the eligibility criteria and make a claim for your unused Parental Leave Pay. Both claims must be submitted within 52 weeks from the date of birth or adoption.

Read more about transferring Parental Leave Pay.

In the case of stillbirth or infant death, you may return to work before the end of your Paid Parental Leave period and continue to receive Parental Leave Pay.

You must tell us if you decide to return to work before the end of your Paid Parental Leave period. You can tell us of your return to work up to 30 days before you recommence work using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

We’ll regard you as having returned to work if you:

  • participate in paid work, other than under the Keeping in Touch provisions, or
  • perform more than 10 Keeping in Touch days

If you have received advice from us that your claim has been assessed, or you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay, you may advise a return to work or a transfer of payment using your Centrelink online account through myGov. Select Paid Parental Leave Circumstances once you’ve logged on.

Page last updated: 9 October 2017