Guide to Paid Parental Leave scheme
Australia's first national Paid Parental Leave scheme helps working parents spend more time at home with a new baby in the vital early months. It is fully government-funded and helps employers retain valuable staff.
The scheme provides eligible parents with up to 18 weeks Parental Leave pay at the National Minimum Wage (which was $605.50 a week before tax -current at April 2013 - but is subject to change, so check the Family Assistance website for up-to-date information).
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Families who are not eligible for Paid Parental Leave, or who choose not to take it, can still access the Family Tax Benefit (Part A and B) under the usual rules.
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*UPDATE* The Government is set to abolish the Baby Bonus as of March 1 2014 - read more in this blog - Federal government scraps baby bonus. Paid Parental Leave will not be affected.
Who is eligible?
Primary carers of babies born on or after 1 January 2011 may be eligible for Paid Parental Leave. Mothers, or the initial primary carer of a recently adopted child, must usually apply for Paid Parental Leave.
Parents may be eligible if they:
- are the mother of a newborn child or are the initial primary carer of a recently adopted child
- have met the Paid Parental Leave work test before the birth or adoption occurs
- have an individual income of up to $150,000 in the previous financial year, and
- are an Australian resident
What is the work test?
The Paid Parental Leave work test will be met if a parent:
- worked continuously for at least 10 of the 13 months prior to the birth or adoption of their child, and
- worked at least 330 hours in that 10-month period (just over one day per week), and had no more than an eight-week unpaid break between working days.
What does the Paid Parental Leave scheme mean for employers?
Parental Leave pay will generally be administered by the employer for long-term employees. The Family Assistance Office will provide Paid Parental Leave funding to employers in advance.
See the Centrelink website for Paid Parental Leave information for employers
Guide to Government Family Benefit Payments