When to claim for Parental Leave Pay

It’s best to claim Parental Leave Pay before your baby is born or adopted. You need to claim before your baby turns 1.

To receive the full 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay, you need to claim and nominate a start date no more than 34 weeks after the birth or adoption of a child.

Before your child is born or adopted

Up to 3 months before your baby’s due date

It’s best to put in a claim before your baby is born.

By claiming early you’ll:

  • be able to choose when your Paid Parental Leave period starts after your baby’s birth or adoption
  • be assessed faster
  • get back paid to your child’s date of birth or adoption, if you choose to do so

You’ll need to submit proof of your child’s birth or adoption within 4 weeks of the child coming into your care. If you don’t, you can’t be back paid to the date of birth or adoption.

After your child is born or adopted

Within 4 weeks of your baby’s birth

If you claim within 4 weeks of your baby’s birth, it might take a little longer for us to assess your claim.

You’ll still:

  • be able to choose when your Paid Parental Leave period will start
  • be back paid to your nominated Paid Parental Leave period start date
  • get back paid to your child’s date of birth or adoption, if you choose to do so

4 to 34 weeks after your baby’s birth

To receive the full 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay, you need to submit your claim within 34 weeks of your child’s birth date.

If you claim between 4 weeks and 34 weeks after your baby is born, you:

  • will be able to choose for your Paid Parental Leave period to start on or after the date you lodge your claim
  • will be back paid to your nominated Paid Parental Leave period start date
  • won’t be able to nominate the date of birth or adoption as your start date

34 to 52 weeks after your baby’s birth

You can only receive Parental Leave Pay within 1 year (52 weeks) of your baby’s birth.

If you submit a claim after 34 weeks, you:

  • will be able to choose for your Paid Parental Leave period to start on or after the date you lodge your claim
  • will be back paid to your nominated Paid Parental Leave period start date
  • won’t be able to nominate the date of birth or adoption as your start date
  • will not get the full 18 weeks of pay

For example, if you claim 35 weeks after your child is born, the most you can get is 17 weeks of pay. If you claim at 40 weeks, the most you can get is 12 weeks of pay.

Page last updated: 21 June 2018