Meeting the work test

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 need to have worked both:

  • 10 of the 13 months before the date your Dad and Partner Pay period starts
  • a minimum of 330 hours, around 1 day a week, in that 10 month period.

Keep in mind, we count 10 months as 295 days and 13 months as 392 days.

The gap you’re allowed between each work day in this period depends on your child’s date of birth or adoption.

If your child’s birth or adoption is:

  • before 1 January 2020, you can’t have more than an 8 week gap
  • on or after 1 January 2020, you can’t have more than a 12 week gap.

What counts as work

A working day is either:

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

We won’t count unpaid leave.

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 work hours even if it doesn’t make an income. You must be working for financial gain or benefit, even if you’re not getting 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 when 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
  • 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: 25 October 2019