A short term payment while you’re on leave from work to care for your new child.
- be the primary carer of a newborn or newly adopted child
- individually earned less than $150,000 in the last financial year
- be on leave or not working whilst receiving Parental Leave Pay
- have done enough work in the 13 months before to meet the work test
Eligibility & payment rates
Who can receive it
To be eligible for Parental Leave Pay, you need to meet certain criteria.
Information you'll need to provide to claim
You’ll need to provide certain documents before and after your baby is born.
How transferring parental leave pay works
You may be able to transfer some or all of your Parental Leave Pay to another eligible person.
How much you can receive
Parental Leave Pay is currently $695.00 per week before tax. This is based on the weekly rate of the national minimum wage.
How much you need to have worked
To be eligible for Parental Leave Pay, you need to meet the work test or receive an exemption.
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 to claim for Parental Leave Pay
It’s best to claim Parental Leave Pay before your baby is born or adopted. You need to claim before your baby turns 1.
When your Parental Leave Pay will start
Your start date is the start of your Parental Leave Pay entitlement period. It’s not the date you’ll receive your first payment.
Check if you're eligible before you start your claim.
- find out what you need before you start your claim
- choose your claiming option
- submit your claim
- provide proof of birth or adoption
- we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome
Managing your payment
How to keep us up to date
If you don’t tell us about changes in your circumstances you risk losing your payment or getting a debt.
How to change your nominated start date
If you’ve submitted your claim for Parental Leave Pay, you may request to change the start date. You can’t change your state date if your Paid Parental Leave period has started.
How going back to work can effect your Parental Leave pay
To receive Parental Leave Pay, you must be on leave or not working from when you become your child's primary carer until the end of your Paid Parental Leave Pay period.
Additional payments and support
As a new parent, you may be able to get other payments and support.
If you receive a Parental Leave Pay overpayment, you'll have to repay the money.
While travelling outside Australia
To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Parental Leave Pay.
How your existing payments and entitlements are affected
Parental Leave Pay is a taxable payment.
Parental leave and the Fair Work Ombudsman
The Fair Work Ombudsman can help you make sure you’ve followed the required steps when requesting parental leave from your employer. They also have information about applying for parental leave, related entitlements and facts.
Changes if you receive family payments
A number of changes affect you if you receive family payments.
Payment and Service Finder
Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
If you owe us money, you'll need to pay us back.
Regular deductions using Centrepay
You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.
If you are an employer, read more about the Paid Parental Leave scheme for employers and how it might affect your business.