Work test for Dad and Partner Pay

To be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay, you need to meet the work test or receive an exemption.

Meeting the work test

To meet the work test for Dad and Partner Pay, you must have worked at least:

  • 10 of the 13 months before the date your Dad and Partner Pay period starts, and
  • 330 hours in that 10 month period - this is just over a day a week, with no more than an 8 week gap between 2 consecutive working days

There are some exceptions to the work test if your partner's pregnancy complications or a premature birth has prevented you from meeting the requirements. You'll need to show us that you would've met the work test if your partner hadn't had pregnancy complications or if the child hadn't been born prematurely.

Activities that count as work

A working day is a day when you have worked for at least 1 hour. You can count periods of paid leave toward the work test, but periods of unpaid leave don't count.

You can also count any Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay periods that fall in the 13 months before your child was born or came into your care as part of an adoption process. If you are including a previous period of Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay in the work test, each weekday counts as 7.6 hours.

You don't need to be working full time to be eligible for Parental Leave Pay. You may meet the work test even if you:

  • are a part time, casual, or seasonal worker
  • are a contractor or self employed
  • work in a family business
  • have multiple employers
  • have recently changed jobs
  • are no longer employed, or
  • have worked overseas

If you work for a family business, you can include your hours of work even if the business doesn't make any income, provided you are working for financial gain or benefit.

The following activities also count as work:

  • employment at an Australian Disability Enterprise - read about Australian Disability Enterprises on the Department of Social Services website
  • operating a business while receiving assistance under the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme - read about the scheme on the Department of Jobs and Small Business website
  • farm labour or operating a business while receiving an Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment - read about the relief payment on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website
  • jury service, and
  • Defence Reservist work

Periods of workers' or accident compensation or similar payments related to employment can also count as work.

Activities that don't count as work

Activities that don't count as work for the work test include:

  • periods of unpaid leave
  • income support programs that include a work component; for example, Work for the Dole or Green Army
  • volunteer work
  • study undertaken through a scholarship or other award of financial aid, and
  • payment of outstanding leave entitlements as part of a redundancy payment

Self employed parents

You may still meet the work test if you're self employed.

You can include your hours of work, even if your business doesn't generate any income, providing you're undertaking the work for financial reward or gain.

This includes:

  • providing goods and services for hire or reward
  • carrying on a business including as a partnership or enterprise, or
  • working for a trust operating as a business

If you employ staff, read more about the Paid Parental Leave scheme for employers.

Page last updated: 3 January 2018