Due to have or adopt a baby in the new year?

6 November 2019

The work test for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay is changing. These changes may affect you.

The changes only affect you if your child’s birth or adoption date is on or after 1 January 2020.

The gap allowed between each work day in the work test period will increase from 8 to 12 weeks.

There will also be a new Dangerous Jobs provision for Parental Leave Pay.

It will only relate to you if all of the following apply:

  • you’re pregnant or the birth mother of a newborn child
  • your child's date of birth is on or after 1 January 2020
  • you stopped work because a workplace hazard was a risk to your pregnancy
  • you won't meet the work requirements in the 13 month work test period ending the day before your child’s birth.

If you meet the provision, we’ll move your work test period. It will no longer be the 13 month period ending the day before your child’s birth. Instead, your 13 month work test period will end the day you stopped work. You’ll still need to meet the work test in this new period to get Parental Leave Pay.

When you claim, you’ll need to give us proof of your circumstances.

Next steps

It’s best to apply for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay before your child’s birth or adoption. Find out more about claiming Parental Leave Pay and claiming Dad and Partner Pay.

Check out some examples to help you apply the work test.

Read more news for families.

Page last updated: 6 November 2019