Dad and Partner Pay

A short term payment if you’re a dad or partner on leave from work to help care for your new child.

Eligibility basics

  • be caring for a newborn or newly adopted child
  • under the income test limit
  • on unpaid leave or not in a job
  • have done enough work in the 13 months before to meet the work test

Eligibility & payment rates


To be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay, you need to meet certain criteria.

Read more about eligibility for Dad and Partner Pay

Payment rates

Dad and Partner Pay is currently $695.00 per week before tax, for a maximum period of 2 weeks.

Read more about payment rates

Effect on existing payments and entitlements

Dad and Partner Pay is taxable income and may affect other family assistance payments.

Read more about the effect on other payments

Work test

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

Read more about the work test

Unpaid parental leave entitlements

Dad and Partner Pay doesn't change your workplace leave entitlements.

Read more about unpaid parental leave entitlements

Adjusted taxable income

We will use your adjusted taxable income to assess your eligibility for some payments, supplements, support and benefits.

Read more about adjusted taxable income

Residence rules

To get Dad and Partner Pay you must satisfy residence rules.

Read more about residence rules

Changes if you receive family payments

A number of changes affect you if you receive family payments.

Read more about changes to family payments


Check you're eligible before you start your claim.


  • find out what you need before you start your claim
  • choose your claiming option
  • submit your claim
  • provide proof of birth or adoption
  • we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome


Managing your payment

Try self service

Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.

Read more about using self service.

Change of circumstances

You need to tell us if your circumstances change while receiving Dad and Partner Pay.

Read more about reporting your change of circumstances

While travelling outside Australia

There are rules about whether your Dad and Partner Pay can be paid when you travel outside Australia.

Read more about Dad and Partner Pay while travelling outside Australia

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn


Information for employers

If you're an employer, read more about the Paid Parental Leave scheme for employers and how to assist your employees.

Payment and Service Finder

Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently receive from us.

Start using Payment and Service Finder

Manage your money


We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read about how to manage your money

Page last updated: 11 December 2017