Parental Leave Pay

How transferring works

You may be able to transfer some or all of your Parental Leave Pay to another eligible person.

Eligibility

If you’re the birth mother or adoptive parent, you may be able to transfer some or all of your Parental Leave Pay to another eligible person. This could be because you:

  • return to work, or
  • are no longer the primary carer for your child

You can transfer your Parental Leave Pay to:

  • your partner
  • the other legal parent of your child, or
  • the partner of your child’s other legal parent

To transfer your payment, you and the person you're transferring to must first claim, and be eligible for, Parental Leave Pay.

You can tell us you want to transfer your Parental Leave Pay in your claim. If you’ve already submitted your claim, you should call the Families line.

Transferring part of your Parental Leave Pay

You can receive some Parental Leave Pay as the initial primary carer, and then transfer the balance to another eligible person.

You and the second carer can only get Parental Leave Pay for a continuous period of up to 18 weeks. This means:

  • when the first carer’s Paid Parental Leave period ends, the second carer’s Paid Parental Leave period begins immediately
  • there can’t be a gap between the 2 Paid Parental Leave periods, and
  • the second carer’s Paid Parental Leave period will end, at the latest, 18 weeks after the first carer’s Paid Parental Leave period began
  • the second carer would take over primary care of the child on the day their Paid Parental Leave period would begin
  • the second carer cannot work during their Paid Parental Leave period.

If you’re the birth mother or adoptive parent of the child, you can tell us that you are going to transfer part of your Parental Leave Pay in your claim. You can also tell us by contacting us after you have claimed.

The second carer can claim up to the 52 weeks from the child’s date or birth or adoption and be paid back for their Paid Parental Leave period in the past.

Transferring all of your Parental Leave Pay

If you’re the birth mother or adoptive parent of a child, you can transfer all your Parental Leave Pay to another eligible person.

To transfer all of your Parental Leave Pay:

  • the first carer must claim and meet the work test, income test, and residency tests
  • the second carer must claim and meet all eligibility requirements
  • the first carer and the second carer need to lodge separate claims around the same time as each other
  • the first carer will nominate a Paid Parental Leave period start date for the second carer
  • if the first carer claims or provides the child’s proof of birth or adoption more than 28 days after the child’s birth or adoption, the first carer can only nominate a Paid Parental Leave period start date on or after the date they claim
  • if the Paid Parental Leave period begins after the child’s date of birth or adoption, the first carer must not work while they have primary care of the child.
  • the second carer must not work from the day they receive primary care of the child from the first carer until the end of the Paid Parental Leave period.

Examples of transferring Parental Leave Pay

Transferring part of Parental Leave Pay

Zia’s Paid Parental Leave period starts from her child’s date of birth on 4 May 2017. Zia returns to work on 15 June 2017, when her child is 6 weeks old. Her partner, Ravi, takes leave from work and has primary care of their child from 15 June 2017.

To transfer the remaining 12 weeks Parental Leave Pay to Ravi, Zia must tell us that she has returned to work and that she would like to transfer her remaining payment to Ravi. This can be done using the Centrelink online account through myGov.

Ravi submits a claim and is eligible for Parental Leave Pay. Ravi will get Parental Leave Pay for 12 weeks, from 15 June 2017 to 6 September 2017.

Transferring all Parental Leave Pay

Example 1

Karen gives birth to her daughter, Alexandra, on 12 August 2017. Her partner, Lionel, has primary care of their child from birth. Karen claims Parental Leave Pay on 20 August 2017 and meets the work and income tests and residency requirements. She elects to transfer her full payment to Lionel and nominates that the Paid Parental Leave period should start on 1 October 2017.

Lionel also claims Parental Leave Pay on 20 August 2017. He meets the work and income tests and residency requirements. He indicates that he has had primary care of Alexandra from her birth. Lionel stopped working before Alexandra was born and plans to return to work on 1 January 2018. Lionel is found eligible and his Paid Parental Leave period is from 1 October to 31 December 2017.

Lionel receives less than the maximum 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. If Karen had chosen an earlier Paid Parental Leave period start date, Lionel may have been eligible to receive the maximum 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay.

Example 2

Kym had a child, Tyler, on 4 July 2015. Kym submits a claim for Parental Leave Pay on 30 July 2015 and indicates she would like to transfer all of her Parental Leave Pay to her partner, Keith. Kym had primary care of Tyler from birth, until she returned to work on 20 July 2015. On 19 July 2015, Keith stopped work and took over primary care of Tyler. In Kym’s claim, she indicated that she would like the Paid Parental Leave period to start on 20 July 2015 for Keith.

Kym met the work and income tests and residency requirements. She was also eligible for Parental Leave Pay for each day she had primary care of Tyler.

Keith submits a claim and is found eligible from 20 July 2015. He meets the work and income tests and residency requirements. He also meets the eligibility criteria for each day from when he gains primary care of Tyler, until the end of the Paid Parental Leave period. Keith receives the full 18 weeks of payment.

Page last updated: 25 September 2018