Payment start dates

Your start date is the start of your Parental Leave Pay entitlement period. It’s not the date you’ll get your first payment.

Nominating a start date

You nominate a start date in your claim. Your start date can’t be before the date of birth or adoption.

You can nominate the date of birth or adoption as the start date. To do this, you need to do both of the following within 4 weeks after the birth or adoption:

  • submit your claim
  • provide proof of birth or adoption.

If you don’t, the start date can only be from the date you submit your claim. You can also nominate a later start date.

To get the full 18 weeks of payment, your start date must be within 34 weeks of either:

  • your child’s birth
  • your child’s adoption.

Getting your first payment

You need to do both of the following before we can finalise your claim:

You’ll get your first payment after your nominated start date. It will include any arrears you’re entitled to.

If we’re paying your Parental Leave Pay directly to you

You’ll generally get your first payment 14 days after the start date if both of the following have occurred:

  • you’ve provided proof of birth
  • your claim has been finalised.

If your employer is paying you Parental Leave Pay

When we finalise your claim we’ll give them the funds. Once they get them, you’ll usually get paid on your next regular payday after your nominated start date.

It could take longer if your employer gets the funds after their payroll cut off. In these cases, you’ll get your payment on the following payday.

Page last updated: 16 September 2019

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