You can choose the date your Parental Leave Pay will start.
If you submit your claim within 28 days of your child’s birth or adoption, you may request that your Paid Parental Leave period starts from your child’s date of birth or adoption.
If you submit your claim more than 28 days after your child’s date of birth or adoption, you can’t receive Parental Leave Pay for a period before your claim was submitted.
To ensure you are paid from the date you choose, you need to claim and provide the proof of birth or adoption within 28 days of the child coming into your care.
Your start date isn’t the date your first payment will be received - it’s the start of your entitlement period. When your Parental Leave Pay is assessed, your first payment will include any arrears you may be entitled to.
Karli gave birth on 2 November 2017 and submitted her claim and proof of birth on 10 November 2017. Karli requests her start date as her child’s date of birth, 2 November 2017. When Karli’s claim was granted, her first payment was paid into her bank account on 19 November 2017. However, arrears were paid and the payment was backdated to 2 November 2017.