How much you need to work

You need to meet a work test to be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay.

What are the work requirements

To get 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
  • 330 hours, around 1 day a week, in that 10 month period.

You can’t have more than an 8 week gap between each work day.

What counts as work

A working day is either:

  • a day when you have worked for at least 1 hour 
  • paid leave.

Unpaid leave isn’t included.

Apart from full time work, you could also do any of the following:

  • be a part time, casual, or seasonal worker
  • be a contractor or self employed
  • work in a family business - if you're earning income
  • have multiple employers
  • have recently changed jobs or left a job
  • have worked overseas.

If you work for a family business, you can include your hours of work even if the business doesn’t make an income. You must be working for financial gain or benefit, even if you’re not being paid.

The following also counts as work:

  • previous periods of Dad and Partner Pay or Parental Leave Pay - each weekday counts as 7.6 hours
  • employment at an Australian Disability Enterprise 
  • operating a business with support from the New Business Assistance with New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
  • jury service
  • Defence Reservist work
  • periods of work or accident compensation or similar payment related to employment.

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When you're self employed 

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

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

This includes any of the following:

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

What doesn't count as work

Work doesn't include any of the following:

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

What are the exceptions

If your child was born prematurely you may still meet the work test. You need to show that you would have met the work test had your child not been born prematurely.

Page last updated: 3 July 2019