Paid Parental Leave checklist
Working parents who are expecting a new addition to the family need to start planning their pay and leave entitlements now to be eligible.
So, what are the key dates and milestones to mark in the diary?
- 1 January 2011 – Parents of children born or adopted on or after this date may be eligible for Paid Parental Leave
Or to think of the scheme in term of pregnancy milestones:
- Pre-conception If you are planning to get pregnant and would like to be eligible for Paid Parental Leave, check you meet the income, residency and work test criteria. Make sure you are informed about the criteria so that you can plan your work before and during your pregnancy.
- End of first trimester (12 weeks) Think about letting your employer know you are pregnant. Paid Parental Leave can be claimed in addition to any schemes provided by your employer. Look at your entitlement to parental leave and any paid schemes provided by your employer.
- Your first ultrasound scan (19-20 weeks) Talk to the Family Assistance Office about your eligibility and decide whether Paid Parental Leave or the Baby Bonus is better suited to your circumstances.
- Final trimester If you have opted for Paid Parental Leave, lodge your claim with the Family Assistance Office. Check whether your payments will be processed by your employer or by the Family Assistance Office (dependent on the length of your employment)
- Final weeks Ensure you have a back-to-work plan in place and clear agreement with your employer about the timings of your return to the workplace. Think about whether you will take the full 18 weeks Paid Parental Leave or transfer any of your entitlement to another eligible primary carer.
- Birth Advise the Family Assistance Office of the birth of your child to start you Parental Leave pay.
Guide to Paid Parental Leave Scheme
Paid Parental Leave Scheme case studies
Paid Parental Leave Scheme worked examples
Paid Parental Leave on the Family Assistance Office website