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

As the birth mother or adoptive parent, you may transfer some or all of your payment to a second carer. This could be because you either:

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

To do this, you and the second carer must first claim and be eligible for Parental Leave Pay.

You can transfer your Parental Leave Pay to either:

  • your partner
  • the other legal parent of your child
  • the partner of your child’s other legal parent.

If you transfer, the second carer may get Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay for the same child. They must take their Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay periods at different times. We cannot pay them at the same time.  

Maximum amounts

As a family, you can get a total of 20 weeks Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined. 

Individually, you can get a total of 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined. 

Example of getting a total of 20 weeks as a family

Sarah had a child, Tom, on 4 October 2018. Sarah’s Paid Parental Leave period starts from Tom’s date of birth. Sarah returns to work on 13 December 2018 when Tom is 10 weeks old. She used 10 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. Her partner, John, takes leave from work and has primary care of Tom from 13 December 2018. Sarah can transfer the remaining 8 weeks to John. To do this, Sarah uses her Centrelink online account through myGov and selects Parental Leave Pay Circumstances to tell us:

  • that she’s returned to work
  • she would like to transfer her remaining payment to John.

John submits a claim and is eligible for Parental Leave Pay. John will get Parental Leave Pay for 8 weeks, from 13 December 2018 to 7 February 2019.

John’s Parental Leave Pay ends on 7 February 2019. John claimed and was also eligible for the full 2 weeks of Dad and Partner Pay. He got this for Tom from 8 February 2019 to 22 February 2019. This means as a family they get 20 weeks of combined Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay.

Example of getting a total of 18 weeks as an individual

Kate had a child, Louise, on 1 August 2018. Kate submits a claim for Parental Leave Pay on 15 August 2018. She indicates she would like to transfer all of her Parental Leave Pay to her partner, Daniel. Kate had primary care of their child from birth and met the eligibility criteria. She was eligible for Parental Leave Pay for each day she had primary care their child, but didn’t take any. She returned to work on 25 September 2018.

Daniel claimed and was eligible for the full 2 weeks of Dad and Partner Pay. He got this for their child from 1 August to 14 August 2018. On 15 August 2018, Daniel returned to work until 25 September 2018. He then took over primary care of their child until 15 January 2019.

Daniel submitted a claim for Parental Leave Pay and was eligible from 25 September 2018. Because Daniel already got Dad and Partner Pay, he couldn’t get the full 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. This is because as an individual, he can’t get more than 18 weeks Paid Parental Leave. Daniel was eligible for 16 weeks Parental Leave Pay for Louise. Daniel’s Parental Leave Pay ended on 15 January 2019.

Payment transfer

Transfer some of your Parental Leave Pay

To transfer some of your Parental Leave Pay to a second carer:

The second carer must also submit a claim. They can do this up to 52 weeks from the child’s date or birth or adoption. We’ll then back pay them to their Paid Parental Leave period start date.

You can tell us you want to transfer your Parental Leave Pay in your claim. If you’ve already submitted your claim, you should either:

You and the second carer must use the Parental Leave Pay in a continuous block of up to 18 weeks. This means there can’t be a gap between the 2 Paid Parental Leave periods. Read more about Paid Parental Leave periods and when Parental Leave Pay will start.

It means:

  • when your Paid Parental Leave period ends, the second carer’s Paid Parental Leave period starts immediately
  • the second carer’s Paid Parental Leave period ends, at the latest, 18 weeks after yours started
  • the second carer must take over primary care of the child on the day their Paid Parental Leave period begins.

Example of transferring some of your Parental Leave Pay

Zia had a child, Max, on 4 May 2018. Her Paid Parental Leave period starts from Max’s date of birth. Zia returned to work on 15 June 2018, when Max was 6 weeks old. Her partner, Ravi, takes leave from work and has primary care of Max from 15 June 2018.

To transfer the remaining 12 weeks to Ravi, Zia had to tell us online that she wanted to do this. She selected Parental Leave Pay Circumstances in her Centrelink online account through myGov to tell us:

  • that she returned to work
  • she would like to transfer her remaining payment to Ravi.

Ravi submitted a claim and was eligible for Parental Leave Pay. Ravi got Parental Leave Pay for 12 weeks, from 15 June 2018 to 6 September 2018.

Transfer all of your Parental Leave Pay

To transfer all Parental Leave Pay to a second eligible carer, all of the following need to apply:

  • you and the second carer must claim and meet all eligibility criteria
  • you must both submit your claims around the same time as each other
  • you must nominate a Paid Parental Leave period start date for the second carer.

To start your Parental Leave Pay from the child’s date of birth or entry into your care, the:

  • first carer must claim and provide proof of birth within 28 days of the child’s date of birth or adoption
  • second carer must claim and we need to have assessed them as eligible
  • second carer must become the primary carer of the child.

If you don’t provide proof within 28 days

If you don’t provide proof by then, you can’t have a start date before the date you submit your claim. This means you can ask your start date to be on or after the date of your claim.

Example of transferring the full 18 weeks

Kym had a child, Tyler, on 4 July 2018. Kym submits a claim for Parental Leave Pay on 30 July 2018. She 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 2018. On 19 July 2018, Keith stopped work and took over primary care of Tyler. In Kym’s claim, she nominates the start date to be 20 July 2018 for Keith.

Kym met the eligibility criteria. She was also eligible for Parental Leave Pay for each day she had primary care of Tyler.

Keith submits a claim and is eligible from 20 July 2018, the day he became primary carer of Tyler. He meets the eligibility criteria up until the end of his Paid Parental Leave period. Keith gets the full 18 weeks of payment. As Keith got the full 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay he isn’t eligible to get Dad and Partner Pay. This is because individually, he can’t get more than 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined.

Example of transferring the full 18 weeks when returning to work before your Paid Parental Leave period ends

Karen had a child, Alex, on 12 August 2018. Her partner, Lionel, has primary care of Alex from birth. Karen claims Parental Leave Pay on 20 August 2018 and meets eligibility criteria. She elects to transfer her full payment to Lionel. She nominates that the Paid Parental Leave period should start on 1 October 2018.

Lionel also claims Parental Leave Pay on 20 August 2018. He meets the eligibility criteria. He indicates that he has had primary care of Alex from birth. Lionel stopped working before Alex’s birth and plans to return to work on 1 January 2019. Lionel is eligible and his Paid Parental Leave period is from 1 October to 31 December 2018.

Lionel gets less than the maximum 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. This is because Karen nominated the payment to start on 1 October 2018. If Karen chose an earlier start date, Lionel may have gotten the maximum 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay.

Example of transferring the full 18 weeks where the second carer has already got Dad and Partner Pay

Julie had a child, Louise, on 14 September 2018. Julie submits a claim for Parental Leave Pay on 30 September 2018. In her claim she indicates she would like to transfer all of her Parental Leave Pay to her partner, Peter. Julie had primary care of Louise from birth and met the eligibility criteria. She was also eligible for Parental Leave Pay for each day she had primary care of Louise. This applied up until she returned to work on 15 October 2018.

Peter claimed and was eligible for the full 2 weeks of Dad and Partner Pay. He got this for Louise from 14 September to 27 September 2018. On 28 September 2018, Peter returned to work until 15 October 2018. He then took over primary care of Louise until 4 February 2019.

Peter submits a claim for Parental Leave Pay and is eligible from 15 October 2018. As Peter already got Dad and Partner Pay he can’t get the full 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. This is because he can’t get more than 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined. Peter’s eligible for 16 weeks of Parental Leave Pay for Louise. Peter’s Parental Leave Pay ends on 4 February 2019.

Page last updated: 13 April 2019