A short term payment while you’re on leave from work to care for your new child.
- be the main carer of a newborn or newly adopted child
- under the income test limit
- on leave or not working
- have done enough work in the 13 months before to meet the work test
Eligibility & payment rates
To be eligible for Parental Leave Pay, you need to meet certain criteria.
To be eligible for Parental Leave Pay, you need to meet the work test or receive an exemption.
To get Parental Leave Pay you must satisfy residence rules.
Adjusted taxable income
We will use your adjusted taxable income to assess your eligibility for some payments, supplements, support and benefits.
Transferring Parental Leave Pay
You may be able to transfer some or all of your Parental Leave Pay to another eligible person.
How much you can get
Parental leave pay is currently $695 per week before tax for a maximum of 18 weeks.
When your payment will start
You can choose the date your Parental Leave Pay will start.
How you'll be paid
Your Parental Leave Pay will be paid to you by your employer or us, depending on your circumstances.
Effect on existing payments and entitlements
Parental Leave Pay is taxable income and may affect other family assistance payments.
Your leave entitlements
The Paid Parental Leave scheme provides you with paid parental leave but doesn’t give you an entitlement to leave.
Changes if you receive family payments
A number of changes affect you if you receive family payments.
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- 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
Try self service
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
Read more about using self service.
Change of circumstances
If you do not tell us when your circumstances change, you may be doing the wrong thing.
Changing your nominated start date
You can request to change the start date of your Parental Leave Pay period, as long as it hasn’t started.
Going back to work before the end of your leave period
To get Parental Leave Pay you must be on leave and not working from when you become your child's primary carer until your Parental Leave Pay period ends.
Keeping in Touch with your workplace
Under the Paid Parental Leave scheme you have the option, if you and your employer agree, to keep in touch with your workplace without losing your Parental Leave Pay.
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.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
Information for employers
If you are an employer, read more about the Paid Parental Leave scheme for employers and how it might affect your business.
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 on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
Payment and Service Finder
Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently get from us.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage your 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 how Centrepay works.