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 during yourfor the same period you get Dad and Partner Pay period
  • 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:

Page last updated: 10 October 2018