Check if you're eligible before you start your claim. There are 6 steps to claim Parental Leave Pay. Before you start, check you can receive it and when to claim.
- find out what you need before you start your claim
- choose your claiming option
- submit your claim
- provide proof of birth or adoption
- we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome
The earlier you submit your documents the faster we can assess your claim. The best time to apply is before your new child is born or adopted.
You can apply from 3 months before the date of birth or adoption. You need to apply before your baby turns 1.
To receive the maximum 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay, you need to apply within 34 weeks of your child’s birth or adoption.
You can’t be paid before your child is born. Payment will start after you apply and provide all documents, including your baby’s proof of birth.
If your employer will provide your Parental Leave Pay, payment will start after we’ve provided funds to them.
It’s easiest to apply online. If you can’t, complete the Claim for Paid Parental Leave and Family Assistance form.
Steps to claim Parental Leave Pay
1. Talk to your employer
We recommend you talk to your employer at least 10 weeks before your child's due date or date of adoption. You should arrange your leave and discuss your intention to claim Parental Leave Pay.
Your employer needs to register with us and read the Parental Leave Pay information for employers.
Read more about when to claim Parental Leave Pay.
2. Create accounts and link them
You'll need to link this account to your myGov account.
If you already have a Centrelink online account linked to myGov, you can start your claim.
3. Prepare your claim
You’ll need some information to prove you should receive Parental Leave Pay. Read more about the information you’ll need to provide to claim Parental Leave Pay.
4. Submit your claim
Sign into myGov and go to your Centrelink online account to start your claim. Once you are signed in, select:
- Make a claim on your Centrelink online account homepage.
- Get started from the Families category.
- Apply for Family Assistance (including Paid Parental Leave).
5. Give us your supporting documents
We’ll tell you what supporting documents you need to provide to complete your claim.
If you claimed before your child’s birth or adoption, you’ll need to submit proof of birth or adoption once your child comes into your care.
If you claimed after your child’s born or adopted, you can submit proof of birth or adoption as part of your claim.
Read more about when to claim.
6. Check your myGov Inbox
We’ll let you know the result of your claim through your myGov Inbox.
Remember, if you claimed before your child was born or adopted, you need to submit proof of birth before we can finalise your claim.
Your claim could take longer to process if:
- your employer takes longer to register with us, or
- there’s information missing from your claim
Checking on your claim
The best way is to check your myGov Inbox for updates. We’ll contact you here if we need more details for your claim.
If you think we’ve made a mistake you can ask us to review our decision.
In this section
When to claim
It’s best to claim Parental Leave Pay before your baby is born or adopted. You need to claim before your baby turns 1.
Information you need to give us
You’ll need to provide certain documents before and after your baby is born.
Confirm your identity
You may need to confirm your identity when you claim a payment or service.
Proof of birth or adoption
You need to give us proof of your child’s birth or adoption before we can finalise your claim for Parental Leave Pay, Family Tax Benefit or Dad and Partner Pay.
Reviews and appeals
If you disagree with a decision we've made, you have the right to ask us to review our decision.
When will it start
Your start date is the start of your Parental Leave Pay entitlement period. It’s not the date you’ll receive your first payment.