Dad and Partner Pay

How it affects your existing payments and entitlements

Dad and Partner Pay is a taxable payment. It may affect your tax obligations and other payments.

It may affect your tax obligations, including:

  • child support
  • HECS liabilities
  • Medicare Levy Surcharge
  • public housing rent
  • low income or other health care cards, or other associated concessions
  • pensioner and beneficiary tax offsets

Dad and Partner Pay also affects the following payments and services.

Family assistance payments

Your family can still receive Family Tax Benefit during your Dad and Partner Pay period. You’ll need to include Dad and Partner Pay in your family income estimate.

Parental Leave Pay

As a family

For the same child you get Dad and Partner Pay for, your family may also be able to receive:

As an individual

You may be able to get Dad and Partner Pay and Parental Leave Pay for the same child. This can happen if the other parent transfers their Parental Leave Pay to you.

You can’t be paid both at the same time. If you receive both payments, you can’t get more than 18 weeks pay in total.

Income support payments

We count Dad and Partner Pay as income when we consider your eligibility for income support payments. This means you could get a reduced rate of income support while you’re receiving Dad and Partner Pay. In some cases, you may no longer be eligible for an income support payment.

Read more about how Paid Parental Leave scheme payments are counted as income.

Child support payments

Dad and Partner Pay counts as income for child support purposes.

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Page last updated: 20 June 2018