Opting in to administer Parental Leave Pay
You can opt in to provide Parental Leave Pay to employees you aren't required to provide it to.
As well as long term employees, you can choose to provide Parental Leave Pay to other eligible employees including those who you haven't employed for at least 12 months or who will receive less than 8 weeks of Parental Leave Pay. You and your employee must agree for this to happen.
You can nominate an opt in date and agree to provide Parental Leave Pay to eligible employees who submit a claim from that date.
Claims for the Paid Parental Leave scheme can be submitted as early as 3 months in advance. For you to provide Parental Leave Pay to an eligible employee, you must opt in before the employee’s claim is submitted.
To be ready to provide Parental Leave Pay, register for Centrelink Business Online Services.
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Page last updated: 22 February 2019