Dad and Partner Pay

Who can get it

You need to meet certain criteria to get Dad and Partner Pay.

Who can get it

You need to be either the:

  • child's biological father
  • partner of the birth mother
  • adoptive parent
  • partner of an adoptive parent
  • person caring for a child born of a surrogacy arrangement.

In some circumstances, you may also be eligible if you're either the:

  • partner of the biological father
  • partner of a new carer where care arrangements have changed, other than a foster care or permanent care arrangement.

For information about who we consider partnered, read more about relationship types.

You also need to meet all of the following conditions:

  • meet a work test
  • not be working for the same period you get Dad and Partner Pay
  • not taking paid leave for the same period you get Dad and Partner Pay
  • be caring for the child on each day of the period you get Dad and Partner Pay
  • meet resident rules and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • meet an income test.

Income test

You need to have earned an individual adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less. This is for the financial year before your nominated start date, or date you lodge your claim, whichever is earlier. In cases of a stillbirth or infant death, you may be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay or Stillborn Baby Payment.

Who can’t get it

You can’t get Dad and Partner Pay if you’re the birth mother of the child. Instead, you may be able to get either:

This information was printed Monday 27 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/dad-and-partner-pay/eligibility/who-can-get-it It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 23 May 2019