A short term payment if you’re a dad or partner on leave from work to help care for your new child.
- 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.
Dad and Partner Pay is currently $695.00 per week before tax, for a maximum period of 2 weeks.
Effect on existing payments and entitlements
Dad and Partner Pay is taxable income and may affect other family assistance payments.
To be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay, you need to meet the work test or receive an exemption.
Unpaid parental leave entitlements
Dad and Partner Pay doesn't change your workplace leave entitlements.
Adjusted taxable income
We will use your adjusted taxable income to assess your eligibility for some payments, supplements, support and benefits.
To get Dad and Partner Pay you must satisfy residence rules.
Changes if you receive family payments
A number of changes affect you if you receive 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.
While travelling outside Australia
There are rules about whether your Dad and Partner Pay can be paid when you travel outside Australia.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank 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.
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