Who can get it

To get Parental Leave Pay, you need to meet certain criteria.

To get Parental Leave Pay, you must be either:

  • the birth mother of a newborn child
  • the adoptive parent of a child
  • another person caring for a child under exceptional circumstances.

To get Parental Leave pay you must also be on leave or not working. This is from your child’s birth or adoption until the end of your Paid Parental Leave period. You can return to work during this time for Keeping in Touch days.

Parents of newborn children must have registered or applied to register the child’s birth with the state or territory birth registry.

You also need to meet all of the following:

If you’re a newly arrived migrant, you usually need to have served a 2 year waiting period. But you may not need to wait if you’re already getting another payment from us. You’ll need to keep getting that payment until the day before your Parental Leave Pay starts. Read more about exemptions to the newly arrived residents waiting period.

You may also be able to get Parental Leave Pay if you’re:

  • the birth mother or adoptive parent’s partner, and they transfer their payment and care of the child to you
  • unable to care for your child for a short time during your payment period
  • the birth mother and no longer have care of the child due to adoption or surrogacy.

In the case of stillbirth or the death of a child you may be able to get either:

Who can’t get it

You can’t get Parental Leave Pay if any of the following apply:

  • you don’t meet the eligibility criteria
  • you’re a foster carer and the child is temporarily in your care
  • you return to work since becoming the Primary carer
  • you return to work before your Paid Parental Leave period starts.

You can return to work before Parental Leave Pay starts for a Keeping in Touch day. This can’t be within the first 2 weeks after the birth of your child.

If you’re not eligible for Parental Leave Pay, you may still be able to get both the:

It’s important you tell us about changes in your circumstances while getting Parental Leave Pay. If you don’t, you may risk losing your payment or getting a debt. Find out more about keeping us up to date.

Page last updated: 18 September 2019