Parental Leave Pay

How you'll be paid

In most cases your payment will be made into your bank account by your employer. Otherwise we’ll pay you directly.

When your employer pays you

Your employer will make your payments into your bank account in your normal pay cycle.

You’ll be paid Parental Leave Pay by your employer if:

  • you have worked for them for at least 1 year before the birth or adoption of your child
  • you will stay with that employer until the end of your Paid Parental Leave period
  • you are working for an Australian based employer, and
  • you expect to get paid at least 8 weeks of Parental Leave Pay.

If you don’t meet these criteria, your employer won’t be required to provide your payment. However, they can still choose to provide it to you if you both agree. For this to happen, your employer will need to register with us and opt in to provide Parental Leave Pay before you submit your claim. Your employer:

  • will withhold Pay As You Go tax (PAYG) at the usual rate
  • will deduct child support from your payment, if required to do so, and
  • isn’t required to make additional superannuation contributions, but may do so if they wish.

You can arrange for any deductions to be made if needed.

You can salary package, also known as salary sacrifice, some or all of your payment. Read more about salary sacrificing on the Australian Taxation Office website.

When we pay you

We’ll pay you if:

  • you don’t have a job
  • your employer doesn’t pay your Parental Leave Pay
  • you’re self employed, or
  • you get an income support payment from us

We’ll make your payments into your bank account every 2 weeks.

From your payment:

  • we’ll withhold Pay As You Go tax (PAYG) at the rate of 15%, unless you request another rate
  • we’ll deduct child support if we are required to do so
  • you can voluntarily request for a family assistance debt to be deducted, and
  • you can arrange for other deductions to be made through Centrepay.

We’re unable to provide salary sacrifice.

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Page last updated: 20 May 2019