Parental Leave Pay

A short term payment while you’re on leave from work to care for your new child.

Eligibility basics

  • 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.

Read more about who can receive Parental Leave Pay

Information you'll need to provide to claim

You’ll need to provide certain documents before and after your baby is born.

Ream more about information you'll need to provide to claim

How transferring parental leave pay works

You may be able to transfer some or all of your Parental Leave Pay to another eligible person.

Read more about transferring Parental Leave Pay

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.

Read more about how much you can receive

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.

Read more about how much you need to work.

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.

Read more about how you’ll be paid.

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.

Read more about when to claim

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.

Read more about when your Parental Leave Pay will start

Claiming

Check if you're eligible before you start your claim.

Then:

  • 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

Next

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.

Read more about reporting your change of circumstances

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.

Read more about changing your nominated start date

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.

Read more about going back to work

Additional payments and support

As a new parent, you may be able to get other payments and support.

Read more about additional payments and support

Overpayments

If you receive a Parental Leave Pay overpayment, you'll have to repay the money.

Read more about Parental Leave Pay overpayments

While travelling outside Australia

To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Parental Leave Pay.

Read more about Parental Leave Pay while travelling outside Australia

Resources

How your existing payments and entitlements are affected

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.

Read more about Parental leave and the Fair Work Ombudsman

Changes if you receive family payments

A number of changes affect you if you receive family payments.

Read more about changes 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.

Read more about Payment and Service Finder

Manage your money

We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read more Managing your money

Owing money

If you owe us money, you'll need to pay us back.

Read more about owing money

Regular deductions using Centrepay

You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.

Read more about regular deductions using Centrepay

If you are an employer, read more about the Paid Parental Leave scheme for employers and how it might affect your business.

Page last updated: 13 April 2018