Dad and Partner Pay

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 receive 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, 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:

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

Unpaid leave isn’t included.

Apart from full time work, you could also:

  • 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, 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 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 - read more 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 Employment website
  • jury service
  • Defence Reservist work, or
  • periods of work or accident compensation or similar payment related to employment 

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, provided 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

What doesn't count as work

Work doesn't include:

  • 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, and
  • 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: 2 August 2018