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A guide to Parental Leave Pay in Australia–are you eligible?

Paid parental leave for newborn baby in parents hands

BUDGET UPDATE: The Federal Government has announced major changes to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme as part of the 2022 Budget, announced on March 29.

The changes are:

  • There will no longer be a separate Dad and Partner Pay. It will be merged with Parental Leave Pay to create a new 20-week Parental Leave Pay scheme.
  • Single parents will be able to access the 20 weeks
  • Two-parent households will be able to split the PPL however they like (but must do so within 2 years of the baby’s birth or adoption)
  • This means dads and partners can now access Parental Leave Pay at the same time as any employer-funded parental leave pay.
  • The income test will now look at household income rather than the Primary Carer’s individual adjusted taxable income. Households earning up to $350,000 a year will now qualify for the scheme, which is currently limited to women earning up to $151,350.
  • According to the Federal Government changes announced are set to be introduced “no later” than March 1, 2023.

In Australia, eligible parents can access 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay following the birth or adoption of their baby.

The Paid Parental Leave scheme was introduced in 2011 to help working parents spend more time at home with a new baby in those vital early months. It is fully government-funded.

The scheme provides eligible parents with up to 18 weeks’ of Parental Leave Pay at the National Minimum Wage. The amount is currently $772.55 a week before tax (correct as of March 2022).

But how do you know if you’re eligible for Parental Leave Pay? How much do you need to work before your baby is born? Are casual and part-time workers eligible? And what about Dad and Partner Pay—will your partner be eligible to receive this as well?

Here we answer your questions about Parental Leave Pay in Australia …

Who is eligible for Parental Leave Pay?

To be eligible for Parental Leave Pay you must:

  • be the primary carer of a newborn or recently adopted child
  • have worked 10 of the 13 months before the birth or adoption of your child, and
    330 hours in that 10 month period (just more than one day a week) with no more than a 12-week gap between two consecutive working days. You may be eligible if you work full-time, part-time, casually, seasonally, as a contractor or for yourself. .
  • meet the Paid Parental Leave income test — have received an individual adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less in the financial year either before the date of birth or adoption, or the date you claim, whichever is earlier.
  • be on leave or not working from the time you become your child’s primary carer until the end of your Paid Parental Leave period.
  • meet residency rules and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and generally have served a two-year waiting period if you’re a newly arrived migrant

How much money will you receive in Parental Leave Pay?

Parental Leave Pay is currently $772.55 a week before tax for a maximum of 18 weeks (amount correct as of March 2022). The 18-week Paid Parental Leave period includes a 12-week block and 30 flexible Paid Parental Leave days (which must be used before your baby turns 2).

It is a taxable payment—which means it may affect your existing family assistance entitlements, child support arrangements and tax obligations.
You are able to access PPL even if your employer also offers paid maternity leave.

How is the Parental Leave Pay paid to you?

Parental Leave Pay can be paid to you by your employer or directly from the government.

Usually your employer will receive the amount from the government and then pay it to you in your usual pay cycle. This allows them to withhold your usual amount of tax and allow for any other payments or contributions that you regularly make (super, salary sacrifice etc).

In some circumstances, the government may opt to pay you directly—for example, if you’re no longer employed, if you’re self-employed or if you or your partner receive an income support payment from Centrelink.

You should begin talking to your employer about Parental Leave Pay at least 10 weeks before the date you intend to start your leave.

How much leave are you entitled to?

The scheme provides you with 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay but does not give you an entitlement to leave. You need to work out your maternity leave entitlements with your employer as it is based on how long you’ve worked for them and any company policies they have. Make sure you have this conversation with at least 10 weeks’ notice.

Can you do any work while you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay?

If you return to work before the end of your Paid Parental Leave period you are no longer eligible to receive the payment.

However, there is a provision in the scheme that allows you to keep in touch with your employer and ease your transition back into the workplace. The Keeping In Touch provision allows you to access 10 ‘keeping in touch’ days while you are receiving Parental Leave Pay. A paid work activity of ONE hour or more on a day counts as ONE Keeping in Touch day, and counts towards the 10-day limit.

Your employer is required to pay you for your time. But a Keeping in Touch day won’t affect your Parental Leave Pay payments and won’t extend your leave. It should be to:

  • refresh your skills
  • transition back to the workplace
  • become familiar with new or updated processes, or
  • be involved in planning discussions or meetings that may affect your role

If you run your own business you cannot return to actively running it—performing the daily operations—while you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay. You can, however, before basic occasional tasks to ensure it remains operational, this includes things such as organise a repair, pay an account, check on a delivery order, manage a dispute and maintain basic contact with clients.

What about if you don’t work—is there a payment for non-working mums?

The Baby Bonus was scrapped in 2014 but you may be eligible for the Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement. This payment is available to parents who are eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A.

The Newborn Upfront Payment is a lump sum of $575 (correct as of March 2022).

The Newborn Supplement amount depends on your income and how many children you have. The maximum amount is $1725.36 or your first child or a maximum of $576.03 for subsequent children (amounts correct as of March 2022). This amount is added to your Family Tax Benefit Part A as a supplement so you’ll receive fortnightly if that’s how you’ve chosen to receive Family Tax A.

Can your partner access the Dad and Partner Pay?

Eligible dads or partners can access two weeks of government-funded pay after the birth of a baby or adoption of a child.

To be eligible the dad or partner must:

  • provide care for a newborn or recently adopted child
  • meet an income test
  • have worked at least 10 of the 13 months before the date their Dad and Partner Pay period starts, and 330 hours in that 10 month period (just more than a day a week) with no more than a 12-week gap between two consecutive working days.
  • be on unpaid leave or not working while getting the payment
  • make a claim within 52 weeks of the child’s birth or adoption

Dad and Partner Pay is $772.55 a week before tax (correct as of March 2022). The government pays the money into a nominated bank account after the child is born and the claim finalised.

Dad and Partner Pay does not change leave entitlements and your partner should check with their employer as to what leave they are entitled to.

 

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This article is intended as a general guide to Parental Leave Pay and other family benefit payments in Australia. To check your eligibility based on your own circumstances contact the Department of Human Services.

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  • Anastasia says:

    I am self-employed and Due to Covid my husband has moved interstate. I am trying to figure out the earliest time that I can finish up work to allow me to meet the work test.

    The information I have read states that annual leave for employees is included as work for the test however if you are self employed obviously this is unpaid so I am trying to seek clarification on whether I count annual leave or not in my 10 months.

  • Kaz says:

    Hi there, my husband and i would both qualify for the primary caregiver status however i am self employed and my husband is employed full time. I am thinking about continuing working because I would lose a lot of clients if I took leave for an extended period of time. I would also only be eligible for the government assistance whereas my husband would be eligible for additional payments with his company if he were to take the full leave. is this possible?

    • Hi Kaz, If you’re eligible you can transfer the PPL to your husband. He could be entitled to take up to 12 months of leave (unpaid in most cases) from his fulltime position. If his job offer paid parental leave then that’s even better. Employees are able to take both the government assistance as well as their employer’s parental leave pay (although employer’s policies on this can differ, so please check with his HR Dept.

      For clarity on this, the best place to check your entitlement to parental leave (which is the entitlement to leave, not to be confused with your eligibility for the government assistance) see Fair Work Australia: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/maternity-and-parental-leave

      thanks

  • Jeri says:

    Hey there, I’m the mother and not eligible for the PPL from the government due to not being a PR yet so will have to take a bit of annual leave and get back to work as soon as I can. My husband is a citizen and will be the primary carer for our baby, is he eligible for the PPL even if I’m not? I know I’m not able to transfer it to him as I’m not eligible but he will be having to be the primary carer anyways. Hope to get clarity on this as Centrelink is very unhelpful. Thanks!

    • Hi Jeri,
      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy. It is my understanding that the birth mother is the primary carer at birth and can only transfer if they’re both eligible. But please clarify with Centrelink. All the best.

  • Marcus says:

    Hi,

    My wife is over the threshold pay, however, whilst I as a dad am below it. Is there a way to transfer the primary caregiver over to myself/adjust our income as joint income to ensure we can get government parental leave?

    It seems a bit of a discriminatory system, as I expect there is only an issue where the mother is the highest earner and not the father.

    • HI Marcus,
      Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment. I am afraid that the only way to transfer ‘primary caregiver’ status is if your wife is eligible initially. If she isn’t eligible then she cannot transfer it. Sorry I didn’t have better news. All the best with your new baby.

  • Megan webber says:

    I have just quit my job in January to start IVF
    Does this mean i am entitled to paid parental leave form the government
    If sois there a cut off date to have the baby
    Prior to January i was full time employed for 22 years

    • Hi Megan, thanks for your question. To be eligible you need to have worked for 10 out of the 13 months prior to your baby’s due date. If you are not working within that time frame then I’m afraid you would not be eligible. All the best.

  • Bruno says:

    Hey! I’m a casual worker currently for last 2.5 years, have just been given the option to become permanent part time. We hoping to have a baby late next year, would I be entitled to PLP on casual? Would it be better to be part time from now?

  • Kira says:

    Hi Bub Crew.
    Are you able to help me understand whether I am going to be eligible for paid parental leave? I started working 1 day a week, 9 hours a day as of 29th July 2020. Baby is due mid June so I will be due to stop working end of May 2021. This means I would have only been employed for 10 months, would have worked over 330 hours in this time so does this make me eligible or did I need to be employed for a minimum of 13 months prior?

  • Catherine says:

    Hi Bub Crew!

    Great article. I wondered if you knew whether being an Australian resident for tax purposes is what specifies meeting the residency requirements. If a dual citizen wanted to actually give birth in another country whilst maintaining Australian residency status and then return, whether PPL would be paid?

  • Laura kate says:

    On the Government Website it said that the individual must earn less that 150k per year. I earn just over this threshold and my husband earns less. I was going to take my work paid parental leave and get my husband to take the paid parental leave as we did last pregnancy. Does the ‘Individual’ status refer to the person taking the leave or the mother?

    Thanks

  • Caroline says:

    Hi,
    I had been in Australia for more than 4 years before I have been granted my PR on the 28th May 2020. Does it mean I will only be eligible for PLP starting from 28th May 2022? What if my due day falls a month or two before that date? Can I get the PLP once I am eligible for it?
    Thanks.

  • Siabas says:

    Do you know if you need to be employed in Australia to pass the work test? I am currently living and working in London and have been unable to get back to Australia due to travel restrictions. I am anxious that this is pushing back my eligibility for PLP.

  • Anna says:

    Hi there,

    What does a ‘month’ mean when it comes to 10 out of the last 13 months. My baby is due at the end of Dec and I am going to be made redundant soon because of Covid. If the baby is born on the 8th of Jan (probably the most overdue I would be allowed to go) how much (if any) of October would I have to work? At this stage it looks like I will be made redundant at the end of September (I worked every other month prior to this).

    Also, it seems to me that I meet the residency rules as a New Zealander (special category visa holder), however I am not a Australian citizen or permanent resident. Are New Zealander’s eligible?

    • Hi Anna,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      They work out the work test based on your ‘estimated due date’ so if your baby is due at the end of December then you calculate back from that date.

      A month is basically a certain number of days (roughly) so if your baby is due on December 15 2020 then you count back 13 months to November 15 2019. Does that make sense?

      I don’t know a lot about visas I’m afraid. I have found some info on Special Category Visas but I’m not sure if yours is ‘protected’ or ‘nonprotected’ According to this page if it’s protected then you’re eligible but if it is non-protected then you ‘may be eligible’. That’s confusing … it doesn’t go into too much more detail I’m afraid: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/topics/new-zealand-citizens-claiming-payments-australia/30721

      I hope this has helped a little. All the best!

  • katie says:

    If I have a lot of annual leave and long service leave accumulated, should I take this before my paid parental leave or can I do this at the same time? What happens to my job keeper payment while on maternity leave -should I let my employer keep me on job keeper and pay out my holiday pay or is this not allowed. Obviously, I can’t claim job keeper and parental leave at the same time, but just trying to work out what the best way to go about all this is… and when I do go back to work will I still be eligible for job keeper if the business is?
    Also can I take sick leave from work due to birth / caring for baby or not?

    • Hi Katie!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy!

      I found this about Jobkeeper and Parental Leave Pay: Parents can’t get income from JobKeeper Payment and Parental Leave Pay at the same time. They can get Parental Leave Pay after the income they get from JobKeeper Payment ends. This is if they didn’t work since their child’s birth or adoption.

      So if you know if your jobkeeper payment will continue after September you can continue to receive it then get Parental Leave Pay afterwards You have a year to receive Parental Leave Pay (the 18 weeks must be taken within the year)> You cannot do any work in that time though. If you work you’ll not be eligible for the Parental Leave Pay.

      If it was me I’d take Jobkeeper until it stops, then Parental Leave Pay (because it does have conditions and has to be taken within the year after your baby’s birth, then use annual leave etc.

      Not sure that sick days can be taken, that might be something to chat about with your HR department.

      Hope this helps!

      All the best

  • Mary says:

    Hello 🙂

    I just wanted some clarification with the new parental leave payment.

    1. Do I need to be with my employer for 12 months?

    2. As long as I am working within 10 of the 13 months before due date I can receive the payment ? ( I am planning to resign my current job I’ve been working at for 8 months and a apply for a new one as I am moving interstate)

    3. Would my new job need to be full time? Or could it be part time or casual? (As long as I meet the hours? )

    Please and thank you!

    • Hi Mary! Hope you are going well. Thanks for your questions!

      1. You do not need to be with your employer for 12 months to be eligible for the Government’s Parental Leave Pay. HOWEVER, if you want to take parental ‘leave’ – that is just the leave, with your job held for you to return to etc. Then your employer is not obliged to give you that time off if you haven’t worked there for 12 months.

      2. That is correct. It doesn’t matter where you worked, only that you DID work and that you worked for at least 10 months out of the 13 before the baby is born.

      3. No – your new job doesn’t have to be full time. You only need to have worked for 330 hours within that 10 month period to be eligible.

      You’re welcome and you’re welcome 🙂

  • Amy says:

    Hi, I have a question
    Can my husband apply for parental leave pay at the beginning as a primary parent? ( he meets all the requirements and take care the baby from the birth day).
    While I ( mother of the baby) has not had been permanent yet ( still holding bridging visa)

    • Hi Amy!
      THanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      I am afraid that the birth mother is always the primary care at birth (unless in the case of adoption) so if you’re on a bridging visa you won’t be eligible for the payment.

      Please have a chat to Centrelink about your individual circumstances though, to make sure you’re getting the best advice about this payment and others you may be eligible for.

      Thanks. All the best x

  • Meg says:

    Hello,

    I am curious about how PPL works when you are self-employed and have registered your business and ABN. If you are just starting your business and there is currently no profit but you are putting in the hours working from home, can you be eligible for PPL if you meet the 330 hours and 10 out of 13 months of work?

    If so, what paperwork will be required when applying for PPL to prove the work you have done on your own business?

    Thank you so much for your help.

    • Hi Meg,

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      I’m afraid I do not know the answer to this one. I’m not sure what ‘proof’ they require. I’m afraid you’ll have to touch base with Centrelink to get a definitive answer on that. Make sure you take notes when you speak to someone though. Take the time, the name and the details they provide.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. All the best x

  • Cazawaz says:

    I have just found out I am pregnant and my due date will be around the 12mth mark that I have been with my employer. I’m hoping I get measured to be a day or two over. My question is, if my expected due date is say, a day over, but the baby comes earlier, will I still be entitled to my paid parental leave? Is it from the date of birth or the expected date?

    • Hi! Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question.

      To be eligible for the Government’s Parental Leave Pay you only need to have worked for 10 out of the 13 months before your baby’s expected due date. So you should be able to meet the work test if you’ve worked for 12 months (also if you were working prior to this job, and that work falls within those 13 months you can also count that).

      However, to be eligible to take parental leave, which is just the entitlement to ‘leave’ (not to be confused with the government’s scheme which is a payment to help fund this leave) you must have been at your employer for 12 months. This is if you wish to return to the job and have it held for you for 12 months while you care for your baby. Some employers offer some paid leave also. They can be flexible with this. For example, I had only been with my employer for 10 months when my baby was born but they still offered to hold my job for me while I took 12 months off. They are obligated to, but they can.

      Regardless of what your employer offers, and whether or not you want to return to that job, it will not affect your eligiblity for the government payment. You do not have to stay with your employer after the baby is born to receive it.

      I hope that helps. If not, feel free to come back with any questions you have!

      All the best x

      • Gjouhbr says:

        To clarify, if directed to take parental leave by my work, on the 22nd of sept but my 12month employment is till 11th of oct and I had planned to take parental leave on the 13th oct, does this now make me ineligibility for the parental leave from work?

        • hi there,

          Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

          I’m not quite sure what you mean in your question, however.

          If you’re talking about parental leave from work, as in the 12 months of leave you’re entitled to after your baby’s birth: that is quite flexible and your employer can still offer it to you even if you do not meet the 12-month criteria. If they’ve directed you to start leave, then they must be willing to offer it to you.

          If you’re talking about the Paid Parental Leave scheme, where the government pays eligible people 18 weeks of pay then you only need to have worked for 10 months (out of the 13 months prior to baby’s expected due date) to meet the work test. Sounds like you will meet this required still, even if you have stopped working on Sept 22.

          Hope this helps!

  • Mieka says:

    Hi,

    My husband and I are considering moving interstate during the period i’ll be on 18 weeks of paid parental leave period. However moving interstate would mean i would have to resign from my current job. If i resign from my job whilst on centrelink paid parental leave will i continue to get paid directly by centrelink for the remainder of my 18 weeks parental leave? or will the payments stop once i am no longer employed?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Mieka!

      Thanks for your question.

      You will continue to get Parental Leave Pay even if you resign from your job. You do not have to remain employed to receive this payment.

      Hope this helps! Take care x

  • Lauren says:

    Hi, great article! Just after some clarification-
    I’m due in mid December. From November 2019 to end May 2020 I was self employed working 40- 50 hours per week. I then took 6 weeks off while we closed the business due to Covid.
    In addition to this I have been casually employed with a company since early 2019 doing minimal hours, mostly on ‘standby’. From July 2020 however I’ve started picking up more hours. I anticipate I will be working ~4-10 hours per week until I’m due.
    I just want to double check that I will still be eligible for paid parental leave considering I will have completed more than 330 hours over the necessary 10 month period?

    • Hi Lauren,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      If you’ve met the requirements in dates and the amount of hours worked, plus you haven’t had more than 12 weeks off between two working days, then it doesn’t matter if your work comes from one or many places. Your casual work and self employment still count as work, you do not have to have just one employer.

      Hope that helps! All the best x

  • Loz says:

    Hi,
    I have two employers, one full-time, one part-time.
    I am going to be claiming centrelink paid parental leave through my full time job however want to know if my part time employer offers paid maternity leave as part of my contract, are they allowed to pay me their own funded maternity leave at the same time?

    • Hi Loz,

      Thanks for your questions and congrats on your pregnancy.

      You are allowed to claim the government’s Parental Leave Pay even if you’re able to access paid parental leave from your employer. I am not sure how it works exactly though… I’m not sure if you can claim them both at the same time or whether one has to be taken after the other. I’m not sure if it matters that you’d be getting paid them through different employers either I am afraid.

      You will have to double check the details with Centrelink and make sure you take notes of what they say when you speak to them. Also record who you spoke to and when etc.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

      All the best x

  • SydneyUnicorn says:

    Hi,

    On the income test, would this mean that a single mother earning over 150k is not eligible for a Parental Leave Pay but a family with individual earning 150k each (total 300k) would be eligible?

    As well as if the mother is earning over 150k but the partner is earning less than 150k would not be eligible. But the partner could be earning 500k but as long as the mother is earning less than 150k, the family would be eligible.

    is that correct?

    Thanks.

  • DeeWhy45 says:

    Hi do any other factors contribute to being in eligible for maternity leave? for example owning investment properties?
    income is still well under the $150,000

    • Hi!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      There’s no mention of an assets test applied to the government’s Parental Leave Pay.

      Having an investment property can still impact your income calculation though. So if you’re receiving rent from the property then that rent profit (that you’d usually pay tax on) forms part of your income.

      If you make a loss on the property, if it is negatively geared, then you have to add that loss back onto your taxable income in order to calculate your ‘adjusted taxable income’ which is the figure they look at when calculating your eligibility for the income test.

      I can’t say much about your individual circumstance without knowing more of these details, but you could talk to your accountant to find out more information (other things will come into play such as whether you own 100% of the property or whether it is 50/50 with a partner etc).

      You can read more about the ‘adjusted taxable income’ here: servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/topics/what-adjusted-taxable-income/29571

      I hope that helps! If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

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  • Fari says:

    Hi
    I am due in November right now i am getting job keeper payment from employer Can we count jobkeeper as a work count ? It will be count as a 10 out of 13 months ?

    Many thanks

    • Hi Fari,

      Thanks for your message and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I am afraid that I’m not sure of the answer to your question.

      However, if you’re still employed I would THINK (but don’t know for a fact) that the time spent receiving Job Keeper would count towards the work test. I would say that it would be the same as having annual leave (even previous periods of Parental Leave Pay count as work under the work test).

      I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. It is all so new so I really don’t know. I wonder if the government thought of this when they brought the Job Keeper payment in.

      You’ll have to get in contact with them to double check. And take notes of the time, who you speak to and exactly what they tell you. Also, I’d love it if you came back to let us know what they say. Then anyone else in the same position as you might be able to find answers here.

      Thanks. And all the best x

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      • Fari says:

        Activities count as a work
        periods of JobKeeper Payment paid through your employer.

        I found this on service australia website
        I think you are right

        Thanks

        • Hi Fari!

          Thanks so much for coming back to me. I am so happy that this is the case. It seems only fair that JobKeeper be counted as ‘work’ in this instance.

          Take care and all the best!

  • Ayaga says:

    Hi,
    I started with the current employer at the beginning of this year 2020 and I found out I’m pregnant on a second day of my new job, I’ve been employed previously for a long time and there is no gap. Am I eligible for parental leave payment?

    • Hi Ayaga!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnant.

      If you’ve worked for 10 months out of the 13 months (and worked for at least 330 hours in that time) before your baby’s due date, you should meet the work test for Parental Leave Pay.

      It does not matter if that time worked is with just one employer or many. It only matters that you’ve done that work.

      However, because you have not been at your employer for very long they are not obligated to offer you maternity leave – that is the 12 months leave without pay that Australian workers are entitled to if they’ve been with their employer for more than 12 months. Because of this, they’re not obligated to hold your job for you. They may choose to however, but they’re not obliged to by law unless you’ve been there for 12 months.

      I hope that makes sense. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

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  • Vivian says:

    Hi, this is a very useful article. I am HR outside AUS and we engage a consultant in AUS for 2 years and now she is preg. The company is happy to treat her same as employee follow the rule in AUS. It seems she can get the gov’t parental pay at $740.6 per week directly from the government. Am I correct? In addition to this, does the company need to pay others to her? Or what is the market practice in AUS? Will it be common if the company on the top will pay addition? Thanks a lot

    • Hi Vivian,

      Thanks for your email. It is good to hear that you’re doing the right thing by your employee.

      If she meets all the requirements then she should be eligible for Parental Leave Pay from the Australian government. They can pay it directly to her, and in this circumstances that might be what is required. The government decides this when they process the application.

      In Australia, employers do not have to offer their own maternity leave payments but many do. They pay the employee for a certain number of weeks and that employee can also access the government payment as well.

      Employees in Australia MUST offer their employees maternity leave – that is 12 months leave without pay and the right to return to the same job. I don’t know how this applies to overseas employers.

      You might like to read more about this in this article: https://www.bubhub.com.au/maternity-leave-entitlements-in-australia-parental-leave/

      I hope this helps. All the best!

      • Vivian says:

        Thanks lot. It is helpful and we are planning to pay in addition to the government one. I don’t familiar with Australia market, can you advise what is the market practice for employer offering, like pay the gap between monthly pay to gov’t weekly allowance or 50% of the normal pay, etc? Much appreciate your help on this.

        • Hi Vivian! Thanks for your question. The best place for advice on ‘best practice for Australian maternity leave’ is Fair Work Australia. I found the following information on their site. These are some different options…

          Policies should be tailored to the specific needs of the employer and employees in a particular workplace. Options available to best practice employers wishing to introduce a paid parental leave scheme include:

        • extended periods of employer-funded paid leave
        • ‘topping up’ an employee’s pay during the period of Government-funded Parental Leave Pay to their full rate of pay
        • continuing to pay an employee’s superannuation contributions while on unpaid leave
        • a return-to-work bonus, payable after an employee has returned to work following parental leave
        • the option of taking paid leave at half pay
        • You can read more here: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/templates-and-guides/best-practice-guides/parental-leave

          I hope this helps. Thanks!

  • Vivian Choy says:

    Thanks lot. It is helpful and we are planning to pay in addition to the government one. I don’t familiar with Australia market, can you advise what is the market practice for employer offering, like pay the gap between monthly pay to gov’t weekly allowance or 50% of the normal pay, etc? Much appreciate your help on this.

  • Amy says:

    Hello
    I’m hoping that you might be able to clear up my eligibility for paid parental leave! I have been employed full time with a company since the 17th June 2019 up until the 27th March 2020 when all employees were stood down due to Covid-19. I was employed casually with the same company for about two months prior to going full time as well. My first question is, have I already met the 10 out of 13 months work test criteria during that 17th June 2019 – 27th March 2020 period? My second question is, does it matter that none of that 10 month period will be worked right before the baby is born – or does it not matter where in those 13 months you complete your 10 months of work, as long as you have completed them within the 13 months before the birth?

    My third question is, because we are stood down we are now receiving the job keeper payment, which will end once my maternity leave period begins at the end of June 2020. Ideally that is when my maternity leave payments would kick in and take over from the job keeper payments. However, my due date is the end of July which means that if the baby is on time there will have been a gap between work days of anywhere up to 18 weeks from the date that we were stood down. Does that make me ineligible for payments? And does the situation get taken into account, in this case, that I am still employed but not technically able to “work” because our place of work is closed until further notice? Or am I technically still “working” and this period won’t be seen as a gap between work days because I am still employed and receiving a job keeper payment? Much the same as if I were taking annual leave during those 18 weeks but was still employed, because I know that leave days count toward my work days during those 10 months.

    • Hi Amy!

      Thanks for your message and congrats on your pregnancy.

      It certainly is confusing times and actually I’m not sure of the answer to your question.

      However, if you’re still employed I would THINK (but don’t know for a fact) that the time spent receiving Job Keeper would count towards the work test. Like you said, it would be the same as having annual leave (even previous periods of Parental Leave Pay count as work under the work test). I certainly hope so because by my calculations you would not have done 10 months? Only 9 from June to March.

      I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. It is all so new so I really don’t know. I wonder if the government thought of this when they brought the Job Keeper payment in.

      You’ll have to get in contact with them to double check. And take notes of the time, who you speak to and exactly what they tell you. Also, I’d love it if you came back to let us know what they say. Then anyone else in the same position as you might be able to find answers here.

      Thanks. And all the best x

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  • Avishek says:

    Hi, We arrived Australia on 2nd jan 2017. My wife is employed as RN with QLD health Since then. Our Permanent residency was granted on 2nd May 2019. We are expecting our first baby on August 2020. Is my wife eligible for Paid Parental Leave through Centerlink?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Avishek,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your upcoming arrival.

      I’m afraid however that I’m not really sure about Visas and how they affect eligibility for Parental Leave Pay.

      I do know that there’s a two-year waiting period. But I do not know what visa you were on before you became a Permanent Resident and whether that time would count in your two years. If it only goes back to May 2019 then you would not be eligible.

      Please contact Centrelink for clarification on this. You can apply for Parental Leave Pay up to three months before your estimated due date, so you can start the application next month.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

      Take care x

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  • Amy says:

    Hello 🙂
    I’m hoping that you might be able to clear up my eligibility for paid parental leave! I have been employed full time with a company since the 17th June 2019 up until the 27th March 2020 when all employees were stood down due to Covid-19. I was employed casually with the same company for about two months prior to going full time as well. My first question is, have I already met the 10 out of 13 months work test criteria during that 17th June 2019 – 27th March 2020 period? My second question is, does it matter that none of that 10 month period will be worked right before the baby is born – or does it not matter where in those 13 months you complete your 10 months of work, as long as you have completed them within the 13 months before the birth?

    My third question is, because we are stood down we are now receiving the job keeper payment, which will end once my maternity leave period begins at the end of June 2020. Ideally that is when my maternity leave payments would kick in and take over from the job keeper payments. However, my due date is the end of July which means that if the baby is on time there will have been a gap between work days of anywhere up to 18 weeks from the date that we were stood down. Does that make me ineligible for payments? And does the situation get taken into account, in this case, that I am still employed but not technically able to “work” because our place of work is closed until further notice? Or am I technically still “working” and this period won’t be seen as a gap between work days because I am still employed and receiving a job keeper payment? Much the same as if I were taking annual leave during those 18 weeks but was still employed, because I know that leave days count toward my work days during those 10 months.

  • Anais says:

    Hi! Thank you for this very informative article. What are the conditions for the father to take PPL? I am on a bridging visa so not eligible for it and I was wondering if my husband (australian citizen) could take PPL when I go back to work after a few months unpaid. Does PPL need to be taken from the date of birth of the child, or could my husband work for the first few months and then still be eligible for PPL?

    Thank you very much!

    • Hi Anais,

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately your husband will not be eligible for the Parental Leave Pay. This is because the birth mother (unless in the case of adoption) is always considered the baby’s primary carer initially. It is possible for the mother to then transfer the Parental Leave Pay to the other parent, but only when they’re eligible initially. I’m afraid then, if you are ineligible yourself, you cannot transfer the payment to your husband.

      Please check your family’s eligibility for Family Tax Benefits (and consequently the Newborn Supplement and Upfront Payment) as I’m not sure how the residency rules work for this — when one parent is a citizen and one is not. Also your husband should be eligible for the Dad and Partner Pay, which is only two weeks, but better than nothing I suppose.

      Sorry I didn’t have better news. Hope you’re going well during these unsettled times. It must be hard especially if you have family and friends overseas. Take care.

      If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Apre says:

    Hi there,

    I am wondering whether the 18 weeks of payment – if they are paid through your employer, would count towards the income test if you were planning on having another baby relatively soon. For example, if I got pregnant at the end of the 18 week period, and only worked 9 out of the 13 months prior to birth, would the 18 weeks count as paid leave?

  • jade says:

    Hi There, do you know if you had a break in working for a company between the 10 -13 months if you still qualify? I started working in Dec 19 and stopped for 2 months in July 19 but restarted in September 19. would I still qualify?

    • Hi Jade!

      Hope you’re going well.

      You are able to have a 12-week break between two working days and still be eligible for the work test (provided you meet all the other criteria as well). I’m not sure about your dates though – did you mean you started work in Dec 2018?

      I hope this helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Maham says:

    I was working for us based very small online company just marketing on internet. i live in australia.i am pregnant my baby is due soon i completed 330 hour and work for 10 months i left job.
    But now I realised the company didnt contribute my super..
    It will be problem for applying parental pay ?

    • Hi Maham,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      Your super should not affect your eligibility. If you’re within 3 months of your baby’s due date you can already start your application process so you’ll know whether or not you are eligible before your baby is born.

      I hope this helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Ali says:

    Due to family circumstances I recently had to go from permanent 2 days a week to causal. My question is confusing even for me to ask. If I got pregnant next month I would be due in January 2021, and I have been back at work since 3rd feb 2020. Meaning I would have been back at work for 10. 5 – 11.5 months. I will definitely be employed for that 10 month fruited period and have no problem meeting the 330 hours. What I am worried about is the whole concept of working for 10 months. What if this month I am able to work 30 hours and then next month I don’t get as many shift and I can only do 10 and so on leaving gaps of 2 weeks/4 weeks here and there throughout the 10 month period. I know u need to work for 10 months and that it has to be 330 hours. Just worried about the gaps throughout the period…..

    Ali

  • Adam says:

    Hi, when all of the information says “…have received an individual adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less…” does that mean the partners income is not counted?

    I know a couple where the wife makes <$50k and the husband makes more than $150k but they were rejected paid parental leave by Centrelink because of the husbands income

    An article on page 50 in todays Herald Sun by Annika Smethurst (8/3/20) clearly states that the husband/partners income is NOT included

    • Hi Adam.

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      The article is correct. The Parental Leave Pay is based only on the primary carer’s individual adjusted income.

      Other payments such as Family Tax Benefits is based on the family income.

      If that couple you know did have their claim rejected on that basis then they need to have that reviewed.

      Hope that helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Mas says:

    Hi
    Very happy to find this webpage.

    I have had a question that I couldnt find a clear answer for it:

    On the official website it reads: “you can’t have more than a 12 week gap.”
    What does it mean? Can I have several gaps which are all less than 12 weeks? Or I can only have one gap?

    I think the meaning is that we can have several gaps and as long as they are less than 12 weeks it is ok.
    Do you agree?
    So they have to correct the phrase as: “all your gaps must be under 12 weeks.”

    I would highly appreciate if anybody help with it because I am planning to have one gap of 1 month but I have doubts.

    Thanks for your help in advance

    • Hi Mas!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      You’re right. It does mean that there should be no more than a 12-week gap between any two working days.

      If you want to be reassured though, you might want to have a chat to someone at Centrelink about your specific situation. Make sure you take notes and write down the date, time and name of the person you talk to.

      Thanks!

      Hope that helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Loop says:

    Hi There

    I am planning on quitting my job when I start maternity leave, as we will be moving home/interstate for my husbands work. Am I still entitled to paid parental leave if I no longer have an employer? I’ve been working for the past 12 months full time and meet all the other requirements of the paid parental leave scheme.

    • Hi Loop!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      Short answer is yes. If you’re eligible for Parental Leave Pay then it does not matter whether you return to work or not. If you’re not employed, the government pays the amount directly to you (and they withhold tax etc).

      Hope that helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Ready to be a Mama says:

    Hi there,

    I am on a PR visa and have a two year waiting period before I can claim for parental leave pay. My question is, if my baby is born a month or two before my two year waiting period is up. Can I still get the 18 weeks pay from when the baby is say two months old when my two year waiting period is up? Or do I need to be in the country for two years by the day the baby is born?

    Would really appreciate some help, as I can’t find any information on this.

    • Hi! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      I’m afraid, however, that I am not really sure about this one. It isnt’ really clear on the Centrelink site as it says you must wait two years before ‘getting this payment’ so it is a bit vague as to whether that means when you ‘get it’ or when you are eligible or not.

      It looks like this is one you’ll have to phone Centrelink about.

      You can submit your application up to three months before your due date, if you’re not eligible you might still be eligible for Family Tax Benefits Part A as I believe there’s only a 1 year waiting period for that. If you’re eligible for that you should get the Newborn Upfront Payment and Supplement if you’re not eligible for Parental Leave Pay. Hopefully you are though, because PPL is a lot more money.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of much help. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Not-Quite-In-Panic-Mode...yet says:

    Hi, my partner and I are nearly 39 & 32. He has had a casual role for over 12 months with same employer (works min 35 hours per week). I am on a contract from April 2019 until July this year, and had hoped that ongoing, permanent work would be offered however am dubious that it will happen. (Am now having regrets for leaving a crappy job I hated but had entitlements, to pursue a job I really like but permency was never guaranteed)!
    Problem is…we’re now in pre-panic mode (not quite full-blown panic, but we’re getting there) as we would like to have a baby.
    My dilemma is falling pregnant without a job to go back to, whilst trying to maintain our mortgage etc. I’m trying to obtain something permanent but that biological ticking is really loud for both of us.
    I’ve worked consistently for the last 3 years (min).

    Any advice, suggestions, supports/contacts would be appreciated.

    • Hi there! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      If you’ve been working (even if there’s no job to return to) you might still be eligible for the Government’s Parental Leave Pay. That’s only going to help for 18 weeks though so you might have to do some pre-planning beforehand to work out how you’ll fund the rest of your time off.
      You might also be eligible for Family Tax Benefits.

      If it were me, I’d be going through the budget looking for ways to cut expenses and seeing how far and for how long you could survive on one wage. Then if you don’t have a job guaranteed to return to, still keep your ear to the ground looking for new opportunities.

      Personally I’m a fan of the Barefoot Investor books if you’re looking for no-nonsense advice on managing your finances.

      You could also ask your question in our forum and have a chat to others who may be in a similar situation. There’s a family finances section or just post in a more general section: https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

      I hope this helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • curious_papa says:

    Hi there, do keeping in touch days count as hours worked?
    I assume they do and these could be a good opportunity to keep making sure you keep the continuity without the gap?

    • Hi Curious Papa!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      Keeping in Touch Days are days that you are permitted to do during your Parental Leave Pay period.

      The thing is that your entire Parental Leave Pay period counts as ‘work’ for the ‘work test’ so if you’re pregnant with a subsequent child during your Parental Leave Pay period with the first child then you’ll be able to count that entire period as part of the work test.

      So (for the purpose of meeting the work test) it really doesn’t matter if you take ‘keeping in touch’ days or not.\

      Does that make sense?

  • A says:

    Hi,
    My wife started work on Oct 14th 2019 and her due date is Aug 15th 2020, she has already worked more than 330hours now,

    For meeting the 10month criteria is there any minimum working hours required in a week for that month to be considered? Is it possible to work just 1 day a month to avail the parental leave pay? also how much hours a day is considered to be a workday?

    • Hi A! Thanks for your questions and congratulations!

      There is no set weekly hours to meet the work test. You just need to make sure that the 330 hours are worked within the 10 month period and also that there is no more than a 12-week gap between two working days. So your wife, for example, could work full-time for six months, then take 6 weeks off and then return to work four hours a week until the end of the 10 month period and STILL meet the work test as long as she’s done the 330 hours.

      Does that make sense? Please come back if you have further questions.

      All the best!

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  • Katie says:

    Hi,

    I just found out I am pregnant with my second baby. I only recommenced back at work on 6 January 2020 for 21.5hrs per week and am due 23 October 2020. I have been employed for 4 years but as I have fallen pregnant so quickly I do not think I will be eligible. Is there anything that I will be entitled to?

    • Hi Katie!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your new pregnancy.

      If I’ve done the maths right (and please know that I’m not great at maths and you should double check this all!) you will have just worked the 10 months needed to meet the ‘Work Test’ requirement for Parental Leave Pay.

      Ten months from January 6 is October 6 which means if you’d have to work up until October 6 to meet the 10 month requirement.

      Best to check all this with Centrelink though. And ask them about Family Tax Benefits as well.

      On a side note, you do not have to work for 12 months again to be entitled to take maternity leave (unpaid 12 months leave) from your job. If you’ve worked there for more than 12 months then you are still entitled to take it again.

      I hope this helps. Please come back if you have further questions.

      All the best!

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  • KS says:

    So disappointed. Because I earn over $150k a year after adjusted taxable income (ie. pay a lot of tax!!!) I get nothing, zip, zilch, zero assistance. I’ve worked dam hard to get to were I am. Now I get to watch others get support while I get zero support for my efforts. ;(

    • ED says:

      Ditto. It’s so backwards. If my husband earns millions of dollars a year, so long as I was under $150k we’d receive assistance. But if my husband earns minimum wage, we receive nothing because I EARNT over the threshold… when it’s my income that ceases!

      Policies made by old men with old views about the way the world should work. Common sense or progressive thinking need not apply within our government.

      • Hi there! Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment.

        You’re right. It like there also needs to be a clause that states that you might still be eligible if you’re over $150,000 but you’re combined family income is less than a certain amount?

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  • Rach says:

    Hi
    I’ve been working full time in the lead up to having my baby in April so I know I’m eligible for Paid Parental Leave.
    I’ve been offered work 2 days a week from October – December and I’m wondering if I can take this and resume Paid Parental Leave in the Jan?

    • Hi Rach!

      Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I’m afraid that if you return to work after the birth of your baby you will become ineligible for Parental Leave Pay.

      They say that you need to “be on leave or not working from the time you become your child’s primary carer until the end of your Paid Parental Leave period” to be eligible.

      However if you’re due in April and Parental Leave Pay is paid over 18 weeks then you will be able to finish the 18-week Parental Leave Pay period before you return to work in October.

      Is there a reason you wanted to delay it until January rather than take it immediately after your baby is born?

      I hope this helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Jamw says:

    Hello,
    I work 14 hours per week and intent on doing so until I give birth in August. Is 14houra per week enough to meet the criteria?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Jamw!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      They say that you’ll need to work about 330 hours within the 10-month period to be eligible for Parental Leave Pay. And that is worked out to be just more than one day a week — it’s about 8.5 hours a week. So you should be fine if you’re doing 14 hours a week for the 10 months.

      I hope that makes sense. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Worried Dad to be says:

    Hi there, thanks for sharing. So if you earn $1 over $150,000 taxable income you get nothing? 🙁

    • Hi!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      That is correct. That amount is the cut-off and if you earn more than that, you are not eligible.

      However, this is the individual’s adjusted taxable income, and NOT the family income. So that means that it is birth mother (or adoptive parent) who individually much earn less than that amount.

      I hope that makes sense. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • JB says:

    Hi there!
    This is a great clear explanation.. one question I have though is does the “gap between working days” apply after finishing work – ie if my partner finishes working just after qualifying on the “worked 10 months of the last 13”, but then has more than 12 weeks of unpaid leave before the arrival of our newborn (but not returning to work!), will this be a problem?

    thanks!

    • Hi JB!

      Thanks for your question. This is one thing that I’ve never quite gotten to the bottom of. It used to be (until this year) that you couldn’t have more than an 8-week gap so this was even more relevant last year.

      Now that it is 12 weeks — is is it only a matter of days difference for your situation? Maybe that is why they extended it to 12 weeks to take away that confusion.

      I’m sorry that I can’t say one way or another what is correct in this situation.

      Sorry I haven’t been much help. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Rebekah says:

    Hello,

    I am due in April and wondering whether I am eligible for paid parental leave.

    I have been working 20 hours per week for the past 2 years does this mean I will eligible to be paid the $740.60 for up to 18 weeks?

    • Hi Rebekah,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      If you’re eligible for Parental Leave Pay (and it sound like you will at least meet the ‘Work Test’) then you will receive the full amount.

      Everyone who is eligible receives the $740.60 a week even if that is actually more than you were receiving when you worked! Enjoy!

      I hope this helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Sweetie says:

    Hi,

    I am due in April 27th 2020. but I started to work only in June 26th 2019 and still working planning to work till April 15th 2020 as a casual will I be eligible for parental leave pay.

    thanks.

    • Hi!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      By my calculations, it looks like you’ll just meet the work test. To meet this test you have to have worked for 10 months out of the 13 prior to your due date.

      If your due date is April 27 then those 13 months started on March 27 2020. And the 10 months started on June 27.

      You’ll still have to make sure you meet the other criteria, of course.

      I hope this helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Vicky says:

    Hello,
    My fiancé and I have just discovered we are pregnant and due in late September 2020. I earn $160 000 a year but my partners earns $35000. We intend for him to be the main carer. Is he eligible for the paid parental leave ? Can I transfer it to him? I know I earn too much money but is he able to revive the 18 weeks in my place? Even if I take a few months of inpaod leave? Can he take it while I am on leave or will he have to take it later?
    Thanks you

    • Hi Vicky,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I’m afraid that in terms of the Parental Leave Pay you’re considered the baby’s primary carer at birth and then, if you’re eligible for the parental Leave pay can transfer it to your partner but not if you’re ineligible.

      I’m sorry I didn’t have better news. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Sandy says:

    Hi everyone,

    My expected delivery date would be the end of June this year, I have reached all the requirement for the lodging the maternal paid leave. I have been working in a GP clinic for a period of time , recently, my boss asked me to resign once I mentioned I might consider not to work if there is any outbreak or confirmed case of coronavirus.
    Am I still eligible for the maternal paid leave??

    • Hi Sandy! Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      You will have to have worked for at least 10 months within the 13 months (May 2019-June 2020) prior to your due date before you will be able to meet the Work Test for Parental Leave Pay.

      There are provisions for people who have to leave work early due to ill health or premature birth but I’m not sure if this would apply to your situation. This is something you’ll have to double check with Centrelink.

      Have you already agreed to resign? It is actually not fair of your boss to ask you to do so. Here is some information on this:

      Under the Fair Work Act,all pregnant employees, including casuals, are entitled to move to a safe job if it is not safe for them to do their usual job because of their pregnancy. This includes employees that are not eligible for unpaid parental leave.

      An employee who moves to a safe job will still get the same pay rate, hours of work and other entitlements that she got in her usual job. She and her employer can however agree on different working hours.

      If there is no safe job available, the Fair Work Act provides that an employee can take ‘no safe job’ leave. This leave is:

      – Paid (at the base rate of pay) if the employee is entitled to unpaid parental leave under the Fair Work Act and
      – Unpaid if the employee is not entitled to unpaid parental leave under the Fair Work Act.

      I found this information here: https://supportingworkingparents.humanrights.gov.au/employees/working-while-pregnant-or-potentially-pregnant#what-should-i-do-if-i-am-worried-about-my-health-or-safety-at-work-while-pregnant

      I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Moira says:

    Hi. My family and I arrived in Australia in January 2018 on a working visa. In June 2019 my family and I were granted an employee-sponsored PR. I have worked without any pauses from the month I arrived and will continue to work until my expected due date which is the 9th of May 2020. Would I be entitled to paid maternity leave?

  • Kate says:

    Hi i have been approved for paid parental leave for the period 11/5/2020-13/9/2020. It will be paid through my employer
    on the letter from centrelink it says this is the period iam eligible for paid parental leave not the dates my payments will be made.your first payment will be back paid to 11/5/2020
    what does this mean?
    when do your payments normally start i thought it would be when you nominated your dates for paid parental leave e.g 11/5/2020
    are you able to advise when payments would start?

    Thank you Kate

    • Hi Kate. Thanks for your question.

      There’s a few things I’m not sure about — like whether your opting to receiving straight after your baby’s birth or later on and your baby has already been born. I’ll assume it is the first option as that is more typical.

      If that is the case, even though you’ve been approved you’ll still have to finalise your application following the birth of the baby by submitting a Proof of Birth form that the hospital will provide. So even though you might have selected a date straight after the birth, they do take some time to process this last step and begin payments.

      I am not sure how long this processing usually takes (maybe 21 days?) but when it is processed they’ll back pay you to your nominated start date.

      (If you did nominate a later start date though and baby’s already born, surely the processing time will be done before May!)

      I would expect and plan for this delay though. And keep in touch with Centrelink to make sure it is all going through as planned, if they seem to be taking longer than expected.

      I hope this helps somewhat. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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      • Kate says:

        Thank you yeah my baby boy was born in Oct 2019 and i nominated a future date May 2020, i submitted my proof of birth documents by the end of November so thats all done
        As they are paying through my employer though there would be some sort of delay do you think? i thought i read somewhere that it can take longer when they pay through your employer even if you have nominated a start date is that correct?

        • Hi Kate. Thanks for coming back to me to clarify. Congrats on your new baby boy!

          I would say that if it’s all done there’d be no excuse for a delay in payment — as the ‘processing’ as been done.

          If there IS a difference between your ‘nominated start date’ and the date you’re actually paid, it might be because your employer has to pay you within your ‘usual pay cycle’. So, for example, you nominated to start on May 11 but just say for example, your ‘pay day’ is every Wednesday then your employer cannot pay you till May 13 or even May 20 if it is fortnightly pay.

          Does that make sense?

  • Sam says:

    Hello
    can you please help.

    All I want to know is my employer will pay me 12 weeks paid parental leave , and as per Centrelink it states 18 weeks, will I get both or just 18 weeks or just 12 weeks ?

    What other payment I will get after the birth of my child.
    I am working full time with same company for almost 3 years.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Sam,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      If your employer says they’ll pay you 12 weeks parental leave AND you’re eligible for the government Parental Leave Pay then you should receive both. The government pays their Parental Leave Pay to eligible people regardless of whether or not they receive pay from their employer as well.

      However, you should check your employer contract just to make sure THEY pay you the full amount even if you’re also eligible for the government’s payment. I have heard of some companies reducing or not paying employers if they receive the government’s payment but this is rare and, hopefully not applicable to you.

      After the baby’s birth you might also be eligible to receive Family Tax Benefits. There’s more about this in this article: https://www.bubhub.com.au/guide-to-government-family-benefit-payments/

      Hope this helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • Denise says:

    Hi guys, I’ve been working as a contractor for the last month, and will continue for as long as I can until I’m
    Due in mid June, am I eligible for parental pay?

    • Hi Denise!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      To meet the work test for parental Leave pay you have to have worked for at least a 10 month period within the 13 months prior to your baby’s due date.

      If this current job is the only job you’ve had in this time, I’m afraid it is long enough to be eligible. have you had another job or various other jobs within the 13 months? If so you might still be eligible.

      Hope this helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • C says:

    Hi team, can I apply for both the New Born supplement & the paid parental leave or do I have to choose between the two?

    I’m on a 12mth work contract which will end just before my baby’s birth. This is my first child, but my partner has 2x children from a previous marriage.

    Appreciate your help 🙂

    Thanks, C

    • Hi C! Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy.

      To answer your question, you cannot receive both the Parental Leave Pay and Newborn Supplement, it is one or the other.

      If you’re eligible you’d be much better off applying for Parental Leave Pay. It is a lot more money.

      Hope this helps. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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  • N says:

    Hi 🙂 Thank you so much for this information and making a very complex issue easier to understand! I have couple of questions please:
    Is the Day and Partner pay applicable for a Dad who is unemployed but do not receive payments from centrelink? If he is studying will this count towards his eligibility for receiving this payment?
    Can someone opt to have the paid parental leave payments made directly to them instead of via the employer? Can the PPL payments be received in addition to the person’s annual or long serve leave?
    Just need a confirmation of my understanding about the difference between the newborn supplement and PPL :
    -the supplement is for people who do not work and is a payment via FTB A over 13 weeks with amount totaling $1679.86; and
    -the PPL is for people who work and is a payment via employer/or direct over 18 weeks with a weekly amount of $740.60 (applies to everyone – causal/PT/FT employees).
    Am I correct?
    Thank you So much.

  • G says:

    Hi,
    If I work part time and earn $350 per week can my Parental Leave Payment be spread over a longer time until I have been paid the total of $13,330.80 i.e. can I continue to be paid $350 until I have reached the $13,330.80 or does it have to be paid within 18 weeks?

    • Hi G! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      There isn’t a way to spread your payments out from Centrelink. However you’re free to distribute your own money your own way to make it last longer if that’s what you require. The payment does not impact the amount of leave that you take from your job (although you must be on leave to receive it, so you can’t work during those 18 weeks) so you can take as much leave as you want (or are entitled to take) and make the payments last for that amount of time.

      Does that make sense? Feel free to come back if you have more questions.

      All the best

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  • Jess says:

    I work in family day care and am classed as self employed. when it says that you need to work 10 of the 13 months before baby is due. Does that mean I have to work a minimum of 10 months and be entitled to paid parental as long as I meet the hours worked required?

    • Jess says:

      I should add that I started work on the 2/09/19

    • Hi Jess!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question!

      That is correct — you need to count backwards 13 months from your due date and within that 13-month time frame you need to have worked for 10 months, without a break of more than eight weeks between two working days. You also need to have worked 330 hours within that time frame.

      If you started work on Sept 2 2019 then the 10 months would end on July 2 2020.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to ask further questions if you have them.

      All the best

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  • MaMa91 says:

    Hi, I currently have a 10 month old baby and will be returning to work this Friday for 1 day a week.
    We have started trying for baby no2, say I was to fall pregnant this month. Will I be eligible for PPL?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi there! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      To be eligible for the PPL with a second or subsequent baby you still need to meet all the requirements again.

      So if you fell pregnant this month you’d likely not meet the 10-month requirement.

      Also one day a week might not be sufficient to meet the requirement that you work at least 330 hours in those 10 months. Obviously this depends on how many hours you work in that day etc, so it you’d have to work this out based on your specific circumstances.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to ask further questions if you have them.

      All the best x

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  • 2019 dad says:

    Hi, my partner is required to have at least 4week off before the due date, in this 4 weeks she will not be paid by her employer nor centrelink.
    The question is does she get back paid for this 4 week’s she have miss out on work?
    We’ve called centrelink twice and have had 2 different answer.
    If anyone have been through this and could let me know would be much appreciated thanks

  • Mia says:

    Such great information, thank you!
    Are you still eligible for Paid Parental Leave if you resign from your job during the 18 weeks? Would CentreLink then pay you direct?

    • Hi Mia!

      So happy to hear that the article has helped you.

      You are certainly still eligible for the Parental Leave Pay if you’ve resigned from the job. I’m not sure how the administration of this would change if you resigned DURING the 18 weeks.

      If you’re absolutely sure that you’re not planning on returning to this job it would probably make more sense to resign before you go on leave. The government would pay you direct from the start.

      You don’t have to be still employed to receive the Parental Leave Pay.

      Does this make sense? Feel free to ask me more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Amy0608 says:

    Hi All!

    We moved to Australia at the beginning of the year and we are permanent residents. I have a question regarding the two year waiting period. Do you need to be here 2 years before falling pregnant or 2 years before taking maternity leave/actually having the baby?

    I found this article very helpful, thank you!

    • HI Amy! Thanks for reading and welcome to Australia!

      I am not too sure about your question. I would say, though, based on my prior knowledge that you’d have to have served the two-years prior to either the estimated due date of your child or the date you choose to start parental leave pay (which has to be after the due date, but within 12 months of the child’s birth).

      You’ll have to get clarification of this from Centrelink, but I doubt it would be based on the date you became pregnant.

      Hope this helps!

      Take care!

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  • Sara21 says:

    Hi, I’m part time worker and I have done all work test related to paid parental leave payment. Do you know how much am I getting after tax?

    • Hi Sara21!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      The amount you’ll receive after tax does vary according to your individual circumstances.

      If you receive your Parental Leave Pay through your employer they will take out the tax at your usual rate and include any other items that they normally do (any salary sacrifice etc).

      If you receive your Parental Leave Pay straight from the government they will tax you at the rate of 15%. The current rate of pay is $740.60 a week. That works out to be about $111 a week taken out for tax. So you’d get a bit less than $630 each week if you receive it from the government.

      Hope this helps!

      Take care!

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  • wonderingmumtobemaybe says:

    Hi. I normally work 5 days a week. If I reduce my days to 4 I will still earn at least the minimum wage. Will I then be entitled to the full parental leave payment?

  • Shasha says:

    Hi, really helpful article. Am I still eligible if I start a different job whilst pregnant? I’ve been working for the past 4 months already but start a new job tomorrow and I just found out I’m pregnant today! So I imagine I’ll be working about 7 months at this new job. Does my 4 months at my old job and 7 months at new job all count as the 10 out of 13 months of employment even though they are different employees?

    • Hi Sasha!

      Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy. Very exciting. And congrats on your new job also.

      The good news is that having two (or more) jobs doesn’t affect your eligibility for the Parental Leave Pay ‘work test’. It only matters that you work for that specific amount of time. It doesn’t matter where you work or how many jobs you have.

      There is one thing to be mindful of, however. Because you have started a new job and will only be working there for about 7 months before your baby is born, you won’t be entitled to take maternity leave from that job. This isn’t a payment but is the right to take 12 months of time off work and be able to return to that same job at the end of the 12 month period. To be entitled to this leave you must have worked for your employer for 12 months. It’s not so cut and dry though and your employer can still choose to offer you this leave if they want to. But they’re under no obligation to do so.

      It’s definitely worth having a conversation with them about this if you are hoping or intending to return to this job after you have your baby.

      I hope this makes sense. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Sohail says:

    Hi all,

    I need to get information about parental leave policy if a person is working on part time permanent position with two employer. As filling up the centrelink claim form there is now way i can fill up details of both of the employers. So , the parental leave pay would be only from one employer. If that so , what about the other employer that a person works on part time permanent basis.

    • Hi Sohail!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I found this information on the paper form that people fill out:

      If you have more than one current employer, complete the details for the one you have been employed with for 12 months or more. If you have
      been with more than one employer for 12 months or more, then choose the one you would prefer to provide your Parental Leave Pay.

      I hope this helps somewhat. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Leaveunsure says:

    Hi there. I’ve just returned from previous maternity leave and so been working 6 months and about to go on leave again. Am I entitled to 18 weeks?

    • Hi there!

      Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy.

      If you’re applying for the government’s Parental Leave Pay you’ll need to meet the work test again. That means you’ll need to have worked for at least 10 months out of the 13 months before your baby estimated due date.

      However past periods of Parental Leave Pay DOES count towards your work test.

      So I can’t comment without knowing more specific dates etc – but if your last Parental Leave Pay falls within the 10 months you can count that as well.

      Also, related somewhat (but not to do with the Government’s Parental Leave Pay) you don’t have to work for another 12 months to be entitled to take maternity leave (unpaid – 12 months leave) from your workplace.

      I hope this helps somewhat. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Mel says:

    Is it actually legal to reduce the amount of parental leave paid by a company to absorb the government payment? If I took leave without pay I would receive the gov payment, but not if I get paid by my employer at the same time. How is that allowed?

    • Hi Mel!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      I am not sure if this is illegal but it is definitely not ‘best practice’.

      I found this on Fair Work Australia’s website and I suggest you give them a call to clarify the legality of this and to see where you stand.

      The Australian Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme is not intended to replace existing entitlements to employer-funded paid parental leave. Having an existing entitlement to employer-funded paid parental leave does not affect an employee’s potential eligibility for the Australian Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme. If an employer currently provides paid parental leave through an industrial agreement, they can’t withdraw the entitlement for the life of the agreement.

      Fair Work Australia’s number is 13 13 94 (8am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday except for public holidays).

      Take care!

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  • Ella says:

    hello, i’m not sure if you can help but thought i’d give it a go.

    My paid parental leave from centerlink is ending on the 1st sept, I have contacted my work to see if i can go back to work on the 2nd sept, I gave them this information last week, so giving them 6 weeks notice.
    I’m still yet to hear back on when I can go back to work but I was asked what date did I put on my maternity leave form on when they expected me to go back to work, I put jan 2020… I didn’t really think at the time this could affect me, can they stop me from going back to work because I put that date down on a form?
    they haven’t hired anyone as a replacement for me but they have hired extra staff on full time employment, I’m worried they don’t need me at the moment and might try delay me coming back? what are my rights here?
    thank you, Ella

    • Hi Ella!

      Thanks for reading and congrats on your new baby.

      From what I’ve read, if you request to go back early you can only do so if they agree.

      I found this on the Fair Work Australia website:

      An employee on unpaid parental leave can shorten their leave, if their employer agrees. If the employer doesn’t agree, then the employee has to return to work on the planned date.

      No notice period is required when an employee and employer agree to the new return date.

      I recommend giving Fair Work Australia a call to determine what are your rights exactly in this circumstance.

      Fair Work Australia’s number is 13 13 94 (8am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday except for public holidays).

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Take care!

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  • Eddie says:

    I just wanted to share my frustration with Australian government and the new rules. It will be good advice for who ever just became Permanent Resident, like us, and are planning to have a baby.
    We arrived in Australia 7 years ago and been working as Full time for the last 4 years. My wife was on a Sponsorship (457 visa) which allowed us to apply for a Permanent Residency. As soon as we had applied for the Visa, September last year, we started trying to get pregnant which happened straight away. Now, after 9 months and with the baby coming anytime time soon and already been permanent residents, we claimed our Maternal and paternal leaves and got them rejected. After calling centrelink to understand why it was rejected, they told us about the new rules that started January this year. There is a waiting period of 2 years for new residents that need any family benefits from the government. It doesn’t matter if we’ve been living in Australia for the last 7 years, been working full time for 4 years and paying huge amount of tax, we are not eligible to any family help or benefits, only Family Tax benefit part B, which is around $150 fortnight. Considering how expensive is to live in Sydney and the amount of tax that we pay and not been able to get maternal leave is just so frustrating. So this is good heads up for who just arrived or became resident after many years like us, and planning on having a baby, save as much money as you can because the government won’t look after you!

    • Hi Eddie. Thanks for reading and sharing your story with us. Congrats on the upcoming arrival.

      Sorry to hear that you’re in this situation though. How frustrating to find this out so late. Hopefully by sharing your experience here others may learn about this new rule. I will look into it as well and update this article accordingly.

      All the best for your new baby! Exciting times ahead!

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  • Coops says:

    Dear Bubhub

    I apologise in advance for the long post, but my wife and I’s situation is complex, so I wanted to provide the full context.

    My wife and I are expecting our second child at the end of September via elective caesarean. I work full-time and my wife works on a casual contract (usually 3 days per week). As part of my wife’s employment terms she has no fixed hours, no fixed wage and no fixed hourly rate, she gets paid a percentage commission for the work she bills. She also does not have access to any form of employer paid leave (annual leave, sick/carers leave, parental leave, …) so will be taking unpaid leave before and after the birth. With our first child my wife struggled through 48+ hours of labour and induction before needing to have an emergency caesarean, the whole process of which was quite physically and emotionally traumatic. Our obstetrician said that she may be able to have a VBAC, but there is a high chance that she will have the same problems which prevented a natural birth for our first child. Based on this information we have chosen the elective caesarean route this time around.

    Towards the end of last year my employer released an updated corporate parental leave policy which includes recognition of either parent as primary carer (rather than just mothers) as part of the company’s cultural drive to promote an inclusive and diverse work environment. This HR policy was developed by the company’s corporate HR team and rolled-out to sites, but the application of it is determined by individual site’s HR departments who may have differing opinions and motivations. There is undoubtedly a degree of stigma attached to fathers taking parental leave in general and I feel that same sentiment is held by some of my colleagues (and possibly the site HR department), this will take time to change but the new policy is a step in the right direction.

    The policy says that “Eligible Company Employees, are entitled to be paid for the first 3 months of their parental leave at the employee’s Total Remuneration rate”, and that this “paid component of parental leave can only be accessed if the spouse or de facto partner of the Eligible Company Employee is not receiving a paid parental leave benefit from the Company or another employer”.

    Based on this I informed site HR and my Supervisor of my desire to apply for 3 months paid parental leave because my wife will not be receiving paid parental leave from her employer. I also complied with site HR’s request that I confirm by statutory declaration that I intend to have responsibility for the care of the child throughout the period of that leave. Following this they also quoted a line in the policy that says “Eligible Company Employees who do not have the primary care responsibility of the child are entitled to 1 week’s paid partner leave at their Total Remuneration Rate” and saying that is all I am entitled to unless I am the primary carer. They requested a doctor’s certificate stating that I will be the primary carer of the child initially while my wife recovers from the surgery, which they said is usually 6-8 weeks following caesarean birth. This is not unreasonable and reflects the fact that my wife will be physically unable to perform all the duties required to be the primary carer until her body has sufficiently healed. From researching online, I see this relates to similar case law regarding 2 male BHP employees who applied for primary carer’s leave to care for their newborns after caesarean births, where the judge deemed a stat dec alone insufficient even if that was all that was required by their company’s policy.

    My wife and I are still a little confused about whether the father can elect to be the primary carer, or more specifically why they can’t? In the eyes of the law is the mother the primary carer by default unless there are exceptional circumstances? On the Department of Human Services website, it says the mother can transfer some or all of their government Parental Leave Pay to a second carer if they return to work or “are no longer the primary carer”. Circumstances that make somebody no longer the primary carer are not defined in my employer’s parental leave policy. Food for thought is that if the shoe were on the other foot, nobody would bat an eyelid at the mother claiming employer paid parental leave and the father concurrently taking unpaid leave (or annual leave) to support his wife, share the duties of caring for their newborn and enjoy the special time with his family, why can the roles not be justifiably reversed in this situation?

    The following line in my company’s policy also muddies the water a little, and I’m not exactly sure how to interpret it considering HR’s response to my application so far, “if the Eligible Company Employee’s spouse or de facto partner is not taking any parental leave in respect of the birth, adoption or surrogacy of the child (for example, the spouse of de facto partner does not work), the parental leave must commence at the date of birth, adoption or surrogacy of the child and must be taken in a single continuous period.” The “example” indicates that I would be eligible to take parental leave even if my wife didn’t work, which HR could potentially argue only applies to unpaid leave, although if that is the case it seems odd because in practice I doubt many families would be able to afford for neither parent to be receiving income for an extended period. Another confusing line in the policy states that “if the Eligible Company Employee’s spouse or de facto partner is taking parental leave in respect of the birth, adoption or surrogacy of the child (regardless of whether the employee is employed by the Company or another employer), an Eligible Company Employee can take up to 8 weeks of their parental leave entitlement while the spouse or de facto partner is also taking parental leave”. This again seems a touch contradictory to other elements of the policy and my site HR’s reluctance to approve my application for 3 months paid parental leave, but could likewise be interpreted as only applying to unpaid parental leave.

    We do not object to providing the doctor’s certificate stating that I will be the primary carer for the first 8 weeks following my wife’s caesarean birth, but still would prefer to apply to take the full 3 months employer paid parental leave if I am eligible to do so under the policy. If the mother is by default the primary carer baring exceptional circumstances then we have a couple of options that may legitimately classify my wife as not the primary carer, which we would appreciate a second opinion on:

    • My wife returns to work after 8 weeks, then stops work again after I return to work to take over as primary carer. Her work will however still be on a casual basis, as per her current employment terms. Whether this is 1 day a week or 3 days a week is partly dependent upon her employer needing her services, although we don’t foresee that being an issue. Nevertheless, they could only have work for her for a few hours per week or even just available “on-call” for emergencies or covering peaks in workload. Her employer also talked about using some of this period as an opportune time to close-up and complete some refurbishment works, which would effectively make it impossible to work even if she made herself available to.

    • My wife is also studying a Graduate Diploma part-time via distance delivery, essentially completing assignments and research/study at her convenience scheduled around work and home life commitments. Would her taking time to focus on completing outstanding the tasks required to finish her Graduate Diploma before returning to work be grounds to defer the primary carer responsibilities to me?

    • Hi Coops!

      Thanks for reading and congrats on your upcoming arrival!

      That certainly does sound like a confusing policy and I’m afraid I don’t know a great deal about company-paid parental leave as companies create their own different policies, and many offer none at all.

      I’m trying to get my head around your situation and your question but I have a question …

      You didn’t say that your wife was eligible for the Government’s Parental leave Pay. Have you already looked into this and discovered that she isn’t? If she’s been working she should meet the work test.

      You might also be able to access the government’s Dad and Partner Pay to receive another two weeks of pay (at minimum wage).

      Let me know! Thanks!

      • Coops says:

        Thanks very much for your time in trying to get your head around our situation! It’s quiet complex and we haven’t been able to find clear answers to some of our questions due to the uncommon nature of our circumstances.

        We haven’t been to Centrelink yet, as we are trying to sort things with my employer’s paid parental leave policy first, but my wife does meet the eligibility requirements for the government Parental Leave Pay: she works enough hours; earned under the $150k last next year; has worked for her employer for more than 12 months; and is a permanent resident. It’s just that the nature of her profession is such that she gets paid a cut of what she bills and only works if/when there is work (although it has it’s ups and downs it’s usually fairly consistent).

        I could access the government Dad and Partner pay but only if I am taking unpaid leave (not annual leave or employer paid parental leave), but with my wife receiving no income it wouldn’t be sustainable for me to only receive minimum wage, we would eat into what little savings we have in order to pay the mortgage, bills and living expenses.

        We do not have family that will be able to help out during the first few months after the birth, so my assistance in caring for our newborn (as well as my wife and first child) will be essential. If my wife claims the government PLP as Primary Carer we assume that logically I cannot concurrently be the Primary Carer with respect to my employer’s parental leave policy, but we will confirm this when we speak to Centrelink. I also don’t have enough annual leave to take instead in order to support my wife until we can have relatives stay with us to help out. This is why our preference is for me to claim the 3 months paid parental leave under my employer’s parental leave policy.

        We are mainly seeking guidance/clarity on clearer definitions/situations in which a mother can transfer her Primary Carer status to a father/partner, such that I can legitimately claim the 3 months paid parental leave under my employer’s policy as the Primary Carer. Is this something you have any experience with or incite into? Or, do you have any recommendations on who else to contact?

        Kind Regards
        Coops

        • Hi Coops!

          Thanks for getting back to me. I’d love to help you but I don’t have much insight into what is the specific reasons that a mother would cease to be the primary carer. I think you would be best to talk to Fair Work Australia. Their number is 13 13 94 (8am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday except for public holidays).

          I do know a bit about Parental Leave (that is the unpaid leave you’re entitled to). You ARE entitled to take at least 12 months of unpaid parental leave (if you’re the primary carer) and 8 weeks of unpaid leave AT THE SAME TIME as your wife if you’re both on leave (that’s where your employer got that bit from). You are also entitled to take your 12 months leave at the end of her 12 months leave. So technically if she returned to work after taking 12 months maternity leave, you are entitled to take 12 months leave as well afterwards (unpaid). What I don’t know is this: is your wife ‘technically’ on maternity leave from her job? I’m not sure. Does that make a difference? Again, I’m not sure. That is something to ask Fair Work Australia about.

          I also know that for the government’s Parental Leave Pay scheme they do assume that the mother is the first primary carer of the child. They do this because the Parental Leave Pay is designed not just so the baby has someone to care for them but also so the mother can afford to take time off work to recover from the birth. However, you’re right, it can be transferred if the mother goes back to work (or stops becoming the primary carer for another reason – although I’m not exactly sure of what they do and don’t consider a reason – is studying a reason? I don’t know).

          I hope it all works out for you and your family.

          Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

          Take care!

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          • Coops says:

            Thanks, I contacted the Fair Work Ombudsman, but they said workplace policies are outside the scope of their advice and recommended I seek advice from Community Legal Centres Queensland. I’ll try to pass on what eventually find out.

          • Oh, I didn’t know that. That’s good to know. I guess they’re just dealing with the entitlement to unpaid leave.

            I’m interested in knowing what you find out. It would be great if you could let me know. I hope you get the answer you’re hoping for!

  • Mary says:

    My daughter is due to have her 3rd baby in Oct and has just discovered that she is not entitled to maternity pay from the co as she has been there less than 3 yrs
    Is this allowed, having been under the impression it was 12 mths employment requirement?

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on the upcoming new addition to your family.

      How disappointing however for your daughter to be told that she may not be able to receive paid leave from her employer. Three years is a long time.

      What I do know is that employers ARE required to offer at least 12 months maternity leave to employees who’ve worked with them for 12 months or more. HOWEVER this is an entitlement to unpaid leave (and the right to return to the same job etc on return). Many companies in Australia do not offer any paid leave at all and they’re not required to. It may be the case that even though your daughter’s employer is not being particularly generous, they’re within their rights to do so. But please check this out with Fair Work Australia to make sure. Their number is 13 13 94 (8am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday except for public holidays).

      None of this will impact on her ability to claim the government’s Parental Leave Pay however. If she’s eligible for that, she’ll still be able to receive that money regardless of her employer’s policies.

      Sorry I didn’t have better news, or could help more!

      Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Esther says:

    Hi,
    I have two employers that I work casually with, I have been working with one of the employer since 2017 up til April 30,2019 when they stopped giving me shifts with no good reason, I got employed June 13,2019 with another employer who I now work with about three times a week. Baby is coming early October and I intend to work till 4 weeks before the baby is born with my new employer. I have worked with my former employer for more than 400 hours between September 2018 and April 30,2019. I have not been sacked but I have not received any shift since April,when I informed them of my pregnancy about mid June, they told me they have no shift to fit my condition.
    Which of these employers can I claim government parental leave pay through.

    • Hi Esther,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      So it sounds like you’ve already worked out your eligibility and you’re wondering which employer should pay you the government’s Parental Leave Pay.

      When you apply you’ll have to list both employers because work at both will have contributed to your eligibility to the work test. It might be the case that the government will choose for you. Or maybe even decide to pay it directly to you.

      If you are able to choose yourself do you have an idea of which one you’d be more comfortable dealing with?

      Hope this helps. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Ayesha says:

    Hi!
    I’m fully employed and working 76 hours/fortnight since jan 2019. I’m due on 23rd august 2019, which makes me working for almost 7-8 months before my baby’s DOB. Am I eligible for parental paid leave?

    • Hi Ayesha

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      To meet the work test you need to have worked for at least 10 months within the 13 months before your baby’s due date. If you’ve only worked for 7-8 months then I’m not sure that you’d be eligible.

      What were you doing before you began working in January. Other things may count as ‘work’ when calculating eligibility for the ‘work test’. If you had a different job (part time/casual), was on paid maternity leave, worked in a family business etc, ran your own small business etc.

      There’s more information here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/parental-leave-pay/eligibility/work-test

      Hope this helps. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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    • Grace says:

      Did you find out if you were eligible? I am in the exact same situation and freaking out a bit as I was sure when I called up Centreline they promised it was fine…

  • Marc says:

    Hi
    I’m employed full time, currently on a mix of half and full paid parental leave from my employer. I am eligible for the government parental leave payment and it’s been paid to my employer. But I am only receiving my standard pay (don’t seem to be receiving my gov payment). Is this right? My employer said I don’t get any additional pay. This doesn’t seem right to me…. help.

    • Hi there!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your new baby.

      I’m not sure I really understand. You should be receiving your Parental Leave Pay on top of whatever your employer is paying you. Although they’ll be taking tax out etc at the usual rate.

      What exactly are you supposed to be receiving from your employer — how many weeks full pay and how many at half pay? When your employer said you ‘don’t get any additional pay’ what did they mean?

      Sorry I can’t help much but would love to know more details.

      Thanks!

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      • Marc says:

        Hi
        I am getting paid from my employer 18 weeks paid parental leave as part of my employer policy. I am taking some weeks at half pay to extend my leave time to 24 weeks.

        I am at week 11 of my leave period and have know my employer has received the gov payment but I haven’t had it passed on. When I questioned after my first pay they said I wouldn’t get anything ‘additional’ from my regular pay. I thought that was wrong and decided to wait to my next pay cycle (monthly) to check that I just wasn’t mistaken. But no nothing more was in my last pay either. So I have been hunting for advice to confirm that I should be getting both.

        • Hi Marc. That does sound weird. If you’ve been promised 18 weeks of maternity leave pay from your employer at your full rate and you also are eligible for the government’s 18 weeks then you should be receiving more in your pay packet.

          Is it possible that they’ve reduced the amount of maternity pay they pay you because you’ve received PPL from the gov? I have heard of some company’s doing this.

          Can you get a copy of your company’s paid maternity leave policy to set if this is set out somewhere in there?

          It might be worth having a chat to Fair Work Australia too to see where you stand. Their number is 13 13 94 (8am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday except for public holidays).

          I hope you get an answer! All the best!

  • Annie says:

    Hello,

    I have a PR visa and have been living in Australia since September 2018. My baby is due at the end of Nov and I have been working part time since Jan so I qualify for the work test (just about). I read on the gov website that there is a ‘waiting period’ for new residents of 2 years before they can claim some benefits like parental pay. Do you know anything about this? As we will have only been in the country just over a year.
    Thanks,
    Annaliese

    • Hi Annaliese!

      Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I’ve been having a read about this issue and it is a little confusing. There is a list of exemptions to this rule. Here’s what I found:

      You may not have to wait to get Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay This applies if you hold or have held a Special Category Visa subclass 444.
      You also may not have to wait if you either:

    • from the day your child is born or enters into your care until your Parental Leave Pay starts
    • on the day before your Dad and Partner Pay starts.
    • You also may not have to wait if you either:

    • have a newborn before 1 July 2019
    • have a child that enters into your care before 1 July 2019.
    • There is no waiting period if your permanent residence, partner provisional or temporary protection visa was granted before 1 January 2019. (does this one apply to you?)

      I found it on this page: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/topics/exemptions-newly-arrived-residents-waiting-period/46481

      I’m sorry that I can’t be of more help. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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    • Annie says:

      Thanks so much for your reply, I couldn’t find the info about the visa being granted before 1 January 2019 but that does apply to us as ours was granted in July 2018 so fingers crossed we won’t have a waiting period. I might have to call them to clarify.

      Thanks again

      Annaliese

  • irene says:

    Hi, I am pregnant (24 weeks) and I would like to know if I would be able to choose the starting date of my paid parental leave.
    Could I start the 18 weeks once the baby is born or I need to start in my 34 weeks of pregnancy?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Irene!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      You are able to nominate your start date to receive Parental Leave Pay from the government.

      You start date has to be after the baby is born, because you cannot complete your application until you have a Proof of Birth document.

      Your Parental Leave Pay period has to fall within the 12 months of the baby’s due date. This means that the latest you can nominate your start date is 18 weeks before the baby turns 1 if you want to receive the full 18 weeks worth of pay.

      Hope this helps. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Shah says:

    Hi,
    We are expecting our first child, my wife has been working for last 8 months in Australia and she had unpaid internship for 3 months overseas. Does unpaid overseas internship count as work in the work test. If yes, then what documents needs to be uploaded when lodging parental leave.
    Thanks

    • Hi Shah!

      Congratulations and thanks for reading.

      I am not exactly sure if the internship will count as work for the ‘work test’. I can’t see anything on the Centrelink site that specifically refers to internships. However I can tell you that ‘volunteer work’ does NOT count as work. Whether or not internships are considered ‘volunteer work’ I’m not sure. You will have to double check this with Centrelink.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Shaz says:

    Hi.
    I’m trying to sort out my maternity leave. My employer is going to pay me 8 weeks maternity leave.
    I know that I can get up to 18 weeks paid parental leave from Centrelink.
    I was just wondering, is maternity leave seperate from paid parental leave?
    Giving me a total of 26 paid weeks altogether?
    Or does my employer pay me the 8 weeks maternity and Centrelink the other 10?

    • Hi Shaz! Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      Your employer-funded maternity leave is separate from the Government’s PPL, so if you’re eligible, you’ll have 26 paid weeks of leave all up.

      Hope this helps. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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      • Phil says:

        Hi,

        To follow up on this question, are employers obligated to provide for a minimum amount of employer-funded maternity leave or they don’t need to provide anything.

        Thanks

        • Hi Phil,

          Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

          In Australia, employers are not obligated to provide any employer-funded maternity leave. Employees are entitled to at least 12 months of maternity leave from their employers if they’ve been with the employer for at least 12 months, but this entitlement is unpaid.

          I hope this answers your question. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

          Take care!

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  • Frank says:

    Hi my name is Frank,

    My wife and I are expecting our first child. The due date is in early January and we have decided to have our baby overseas. My wife will be leaving Australia in early November, however she will continue working for her company until mid December. Once the baby was born, my wife will stayed until April and then will return to Australia. My question is, Can we apply for parental leave while overseas?

    Thank you very much for any information you can provide.

    Best regards.

    • Hi Frank,
      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pending arrival.

      I’m not sure if you’ll be able to apply for Parental Leave Pay while overseas. One of the criteria to be eligible for Parental Leave Pay is that you must be ‘living in Australia’ at the time of your baby’s birth.

      https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/parental-leave-pay/eligibility/residence-rules

      It does depend on how the government defines ‘living in Australia’ though and on their website it says this: Living in Australia means Australia is your usual place of residence.

      So that could be interpreted in different ways.

      I’m sorry but this is one that you’ll have to double check with Centrelink and chat to them about your own individual circumstances. I’d love if you could come back to let me know what they say though!

      Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Lee says:

    Hi,
    I’m self employed. My husband is self employed. We both own small businesses. My small business will be closed for 6months or more -depending on baby & myself (well – being – I’m sick – and financially) so I can look after our first born baby. She was born on the 4th of June so she is almost 3weeks old.

    I was wondering, how much -minimum per week (if any) Centrelink will I get to help my family out? My husband will be the only one working.

    • Hi Lee!

      Thanks for reading and congrats on your new baby.

      Have you already applied for Parental Leave Pay? If you’re eligible for this, you’ll receive $719.35 per week before tax for 18 weeks.

      You should also see if you’re eligible for Family Tax Benefits. The amount you’ll receive is complicated so I can’t give an exact number. It depends on how many children you have, and your family’s adjusted income for the financial year. You’ll have to estimate what you think your adjusted family income will be. You might be just eligible for FTB A or FTB B as well – it is a two-part payment.

      You’ll find more information here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/family-tax-benefit/how-much-you-can-get

      I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Kate says:

    Hi,

    I’m just wondering if you can help me.

    Does 10 out of the 13 months mean I have to be working each week for 10 months? Or does it mean that I have to work over the period of 10 months but could miss a week or two here and there as long as I don’t stop working for a consistent 8 week gap? And as long as my total work hours in the 10 months add up to 330?

    I work casually and I’ve also had terrible morning sickness, so after 3 months of consistent work I then took 4 weeks off due to illness, but have shifts planned for next week. Basically I don’t know if I will have shifts every week or whether I will be well enough to work.

    Also, say my 10 month work period is between 20th Feb to 16th December, would I need to make sure I work during the week of the 16th? I am due on the 20th of January 2020.

    Hope this made sense! I am possibly overthinking it.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Kate!

      Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. I hope you’re starting to feel a little better now.

      To answer your question, you do not have to work every week to meet the work test. Just as long as you don’t have more than 8 weeks between two consecutive working days. You also have to make sure you work for 330 hours WITHIN the 10 months.

      I’m not entirely sure what happens at the end of the 10-month period though. Maybe I’ve been overthinking it too. Because some women would technically be able to take 12 weeks off at the end if they’ve met the 10-month period (and that is obviously more than 8 weeks).

      I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • bee says:

    hi, i have just found out i am pregnant (7weeks) but i am on the verge of leaving my current employer where i have been permanent since 2015. i have just secured a new job but its a casual position. if i go ahead with leaving my current employer, what are the likely challenges i would have with my benefits?

    • Hi Bee,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      There are two things you have to think about here.

      1. Do you want to be eligible for the government’s Parental Leave Pay?
      If you do you will need to work for at least 10 months out of the 13 months prior to your due date. And in those 10 months you would need to work at least 330 hours. This is just more than a full day a week.

      So, changing jobs won’t affect your eligibility unless your new job will give you less than 330 hours. It doesn’t matter where you work, only that you do work and you work at least that number of hours.

      2. Do you want to be entitled to take maternity leave after your baby is born?

      Maternity leave is the time off that you’re entitled to take (usually unpaid) from your job, with the guarantee of returning to the job when your maternity leave is over. Usually it is 12 months. To be entitled to this you have to have worked for your employer for at least 12 months (usually full-time but casuals can be eligible too). If you change jobs now you will not be entitled to take this leave (although your employer can still offer it to you if they want).

      I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • Jordan says:

    Hi there! I’m due to have our next baby start of December, planned c-sec and I meet all the work requirements for paid parental leave so long as I work up until the first week of October. My question is, my sciatica is causing me a lot of trouble already with working to then point in struggling to move when I get home. We’ve also got a 2 year and hubby is a shift worker so not home a real lot. Do you know if I get my medical certificate from my GP and physio if Centrelink will accept this as an exemption from work or whether it’s not considered a serious enough condition to not work? I’m avoiding sitting on hold to Centrelink to get an answer as they are painful to deal with over the phone.

    • Hi Jordan,

      Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I’m not exactly sure what they’d consider ‘serious’ enough. But having a look at what they’ve written about this on their site, I think they define it as something that prevents you from working or ‘reduces your ability to work’.

      You’d need to make sure your doctor states this in the letter. You ALSO need a letter from your employer, basically saying that had this not occurred you would have been able to continue working (and have met the work test).

      Here’s what I found on the centrelink site:

      Proof from your doctor
      You need to provide proof from your doctor or the hospital confirming:

    • what your illness or complication was
    • the date the illness or complication started
    • your illness or complication prevented or reduced your ability to work
    • your illness or complication related directly to your pregnancy.
    • For example, you need to prove that your pregnancy was the reason a pre-existing condition got worse.

      Proof from your employer
      You’ll also need to provide proof from your employer. This needs to include both:

    • the date you stopped working
    • that you would’ve kept working during the work test period if you didn’t experience the illness or complication.
    • I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

      Take care!

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  • clayrose says:

    I have just found out I am pregnant. I am a causal and will be working 22 hours per fortnight till the 1st of July and then my hours will be cut to 17 hours per fortnight. Will I still be eligible for the 18 weeks PPL?

  • Fay says:

    Hi. I work for the same company since 2016. I was on maternity leave from 03/03/18 to 18/03/19. The last 7 months were unpaid leave. I went back as part time, working twice a week and I just found out I’m pregnant (again!!!) and my due date is 17th of jan 2020, so I guess I’ll stop working on the first or second week of december. Not sure if I’ll meet the critera because of my unpaid leave and the 10 months. If I stop working in december it won’t be 10 months yet.

  • Rissy Rissy says:

    Hi I’ve just applied for maternity leave through Centrelink I have an investment property but only started renting it out in June 2018 Centrelink asked me for amount of losses and fringe benefits I found it all confusing to answer I put 0 dollars for a lot of the questions. At the time of lodging my tax return last year which was the year they asked for property had only been tenanted 1 month so as I saw it I didn’t really have much to report however I’m worried should I await for Centrelink to ask me for further information and just supply last notice of assessment???

  • Sea says:

    Hi, I have been working with same company as casual since 2016. My due date is 28 of June. I have done my work hours more than 330 hours from May 2018 till end of April 2019 but My boss stopped giving me any hours without any reason from 2nd of May. Now I have done 330 hours but from 2nd of May till 28 of June (due date) will be 8 weeks gap so Am I eligible to get my parental leave payment? if I stopped working from 2nd of May 2019

    Kind Regards

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi! I am currently working full time but quite unwell already with terrible morning sickness.
    My employer has offered for me to go part time but I’m concerned if I cut back my hours I won’t receive the full amount of paid parental leave from Centrelink.

    Does everyone receive the full amount or does the full amount only get paid if you work the full 37.5 hours a week?

  • Ise Latreille says:

    Hi! The maximum 150 k income is calculated individually or combined between the parents? Thank you!

  • Charlie says:

    Hi I just wanted to see if you had any knowledge on working whilst on maternity leave?
    Once the paid parental leave is finished i was thinking of looking for some casual work at a different employer to keep some form of income. I have taken 12 months mat leave with my current employer but I am hesitant to return to my old workplace at the moment even if part time is offered due to the heavy workload and stress.
    Any advice would be much appreciated.

  • Elle says:

    Hi,

    I received my 18 weeks parental leave pay from my employer. My baby is now 8 months old and I’ve asked to extend my unpaid parental leave but they have declined. I am now wanting to resign from my employer. Will I need to pay back the parental leave pay I received back to centrelink?

    Thanks,
    Elaine

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi There,

    I am trying to find out some information regarding the paid parental leave that is paid over 18 weeks, just wondering if that can be paid over 24 weeks or it can only be the 18 weeks?

  • Alex says:

    Hi There,
    Just got a Question: my wife had really delicate pregnancy, Had to stop working because risk of miscarriage. Is She entitle to get Paid Maternity Leave from Centrelink, or not??? May be need a doctor certificate from our Gynaecologist??? Can you please answer, Thanks

  • Annie says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve been doing Uber Eats delivery driving for at least 8 hours per week – technically I’m considered a contractor so that will be considered as work to be eligible for maternity pay, is that right? I assume the government will pay it to me directly rather than via the company seeing as I’m a contractor, is that correct?

    Thank you 🙂

  • Kam says:

    Hi, I have one question.
    I am working with my current employer from last 3.5years and in June new company is taking over the contract and now I am 2month pregnant and I am going to continue my work with new company, so my question is , am I eligible for parental paid leave? Thanks

  • Merideth says:

    Hi,

    I have a question about about being the primary carer.

    At the birth of my child, I begin the eligible 18 weeks paid leave as the primary carer, and my partner applies for 2 week partner paid leave.
    When my leave is complete and I go back to work, my partner will then take over and become the primary carer. Are they also eligible for 18 weeks leave? And will I then be eligible for 2 week partner paid leave?

    Cheers

  • Mumtobe says:

    Hi,
    I’m due in October and planning on finishing in late July so I will pass the work test.
    I’m currently full time but am wanting to cut back to 3 days a week in May.
    Will I be entitled to the same amount of paid parental leave even if I go part time?
    Thanks in advance

  • Galaxy says:

    Hi,
    Iam currently working as a casual employee and have been with my employer for almost 4 years.
    My question is am I entitled to parental leave pay? if so when will I need to lodge application for this pay. Example do I need to be a certain gestation to apply through Centrelink? also most importantly when is my cut off with work? Example when can I start my time off whilst still pregnant and receive payment after baby is born? Is there a certain time frame that I’ll need to work up until?
    Thank you

  • Jenny says:

    Hi ,
    I have been working for my company full time now for almost 10 months (April)
    And I have been pregnant for 3 months (April)so far,my expected due date is end of Oct. I know I entitle company maternanity leave if I work about two more months, and I also entitle government maternity leave pay if I work until end of July.
    However since my manager finds out Im pregnant, they try to convince me to resign, and when I had a bleeding accident 1 months ago, doctor gave me two weeks doctor certificate, my manager ask me to put that time under annual leave when I have proper doctors report and certificate.
    Also, there is lots of aggressive maner going on and I’m been told cannot take anymore sick leave including time I go to see my obstetrician.
    I feel extremely stressed out and experience insomnia. Therefore I do not want to take company maternity leave resign early. In this case, can I still get government paid leave if I cannot meet the work test due to work place discrimination and mental stress?
    Thanks so much for your help, really appreciated.

  • Rose.y says:

    Hello,

    I have been searching for a group just like this as I can NEVER get onto Centrelink :'(

    So my story goes.. I have worked full-time forever, and fell pregnant last December 2018 (which makes me due August) and I recently left my job during mid March 2019, I understand that I would have to be working til end of May 2019 to meet the work test. However, Im finding it so hard to find work pregnant so have picked up a few shifts here and there but nothing on the books :'( which is illegal, I know but cause I’m casual working. I have been helping my sisters business out for a couple of weeks now unpaid work, I read something on the work test I can work for a family business and meet the work test – is this true?

    If so how am I meant to prove it? Ive written down hours I’ve down and days but she can’t afford to pay me and I wanted to help her out as she’s just had a baby and very busy! So will I still get the parental pay?

    However another option I have my own little business + ABN which I work on all the time, advertising etc. But I have only had 3 jobs out of this year so unfortunately I didn’t think was worth me stating anything about it – but if it helps then ill look into? What should I do.. ha

    Thanks in advance x

  • Stressed Out says:

    Hi. I am currently working full time and have been with my employer for 6 months. Due to circumstances surrounding my current employer, I am looking at resigning and changing jobs. I have worked full time over the last 5 years and haven’t had a gap of more then 8 weeks. My question is – if I leave my current employer and start working at another company, would I still be entitled to the paid parental leave from the Government? Thank you.

  • Kalpana pandey says:

    Hi there Kalpana here , i m due on 29th of May 2019 . I started working ( after my first pregnancy) full time from 23/4 / 2018 as a full timer( 38 hrs a week) and ended 17/6 2018 with my previous employee. And than I sign contact with another employer on 13/08/2018 ( doesn’t have 8 weeks gap ) till 9/9/2018 as a full timer and than I found out I got conceived again so I stopped working because of my health. Than again joined the same company after 7 weeks2/11/2018 ( I was not paid for that 7 weeks ) and started working 10 hrs a week ( still working) so in this case am I eligible to meet the requirements of paid parental leave? ( can I stop working now according to this I have done 10 months and did more than 330 hrs in total. Please kindly suggest me . Thank you

  • Nathalie says:

    Hi,
    I’m due my baby in less than 2 wks I have been studying 20 hours per wk for the last 10 months, I’m just wondering am I entitled to any paternity leave as I technically haven’t been working . I have been entitled to my childcare rebate for my oldest son with this study.
    Thanks in advance

  • Kizza says:

    Hi

    I’m am due May 24.. my work has cut down on all
    Hours and sometimes I’m only doing three a week. I have already completed the 330 hours over the ten months . If my last working week is April 7th will I still be eligible if I finish that early ?

    Thank you

  • Billie says:

    Hi there 🙂 I got my first baby due in August 2019. I haven’t been working full time 37.5 hours per week for 3 years at this company. I am looking to quit as i am feeling very depressed and stressed at work and didn’t know if i am still eligible for the maternity pay if i did quit now. do you have to work for 10 months before or is it just a minimum of 330 hours over the 10 months? Thanks! 🙂

  • PR says:

    Hi There,

    My baby’s due in Sept 2019 and i’m pretty close to the $150K mark for individual pay.

    Just wondering what financial year they will assess? 17/18 or 18/19? I normally get my tax return done in Oct every year, so when the baby is born I wouldn’t have done my 18/19 tax return yet.

    I have investment properties so I assume they’ll also be taken into consideration (adjustable income? they’re negatively geared so I make a loss every year).

    Thanks in advance,
    PR

  • Mary-Lou says:

    Hi, I am working full time (37.5hrs) and have so for the last 3 years in the same job. However my contract has now changed to only 3 days (22.5hrs) guaranteed and work if it is available on the 2 remaining days. Because I am only now 3 days as per my contract and this is lower than the entitled pay of $719.35 per week, will I lose money or will I still receive the full entitled amount?
    Thanks

  • LP says:

    I think I already know the answer to this question but to clarify, do you have to work 330 hours in 10 months or can you complete the 330 in the 13 month period? My due date is Jun 6th and I will have worked 330 hours since May 6th last year. Will this count or should I have worked 330 hours since Sept 6th?

  • Jersha says:

    Hi, my husband’s employer offers paid paternity leave and my employer does not. Under the scheme is my husband able to be the primary caregiver and access the paid paternity leave from his employer and the government PPL scheme if we say that he is the primary caregiver and I stay on unpaid leave? Or do I have to be working for him to be considered the primary caregiver.

  • Ange says:

    Hello,

    I just got on hold for the ppl claim. And they are asking me to provide 1. Proof of continuous work and 2. Proof of paid parental leave income. May I know what I can provide to them?

    Thank you

    Ange

  • Tara says:

    Hi!

    I am currently pregnant (due July 30) and run my business under my ABN. I am entitled to PPL (I’ve checked) but am wanting to know, apart from the 1-hour check-ins, is there anything in place for business owners to work a % to keep their business running if cash flow doesn’t allow for subcontractors?

  • Patti says:

    Hi there,
    I cant seem to find a definitive answer.
    I have been working at my job, full time 40 hours a week for 8 years and I earn way less than $150k per year so i am pretty sure I am eligible for the 18 weeks, BUT my problem is, the parental leave is literally half my weekly wage, so can I get my work to pay me the other half from my annual leave or long service leave as a top up?

    There is no way I can live off $719 per week as i have my mortage, car and other commitments..

  • Pri says:

    Hi ! I am working for my current employer since oct 2017 . i am currently 8 weeks pregnant and i am due on 30th October. I work 38 hrs per week, but my work is becoming really stressful because of additional work they have been putting on me . I am thinking of resigning with 4 weeks notice let say i will be there till end of April, will i still be eligible for paid parental leave.

    Also if I join another employer immediately after I resign and if I have only have worked at new place for only remaining 7 months ,how will then i be evaluated, given i’d worKed with 2 different employers . Please advise as im weighing my options and can not take stress at my current employer.

  • Omi says:

    Hi there,

    I am just wondering whether can I get parental leave or not? My situations are:

    – I have a student visa (Subclass 500)
    – I am living in Australia for 2 years exactly with my family (husband and 2 sons)
    – I am working in a part-time job for 10/13 months
    – I do not have more than 8 weeks gap
    – My annual income lower than $150000

    Am I eligible to ger Parental Leave?

  • Katie says:

    Hi there,

    My baby is due 20th May and I plan to finish work on the 26th April. I have left this all very last minute as we had a big house move last month.
    I have been with my employer for 3 years in June and do 40 hours a week. I get paid fortnightly so to prove I’ve been doing regular work for 13 months, do I need to provide them with each pay slip (I believe that’s about 26) or enough slips to total the 330 hours?

    Would you happen to know how to provide eveidence on living overseas? I lived in London for 3 years however becuase I have dual nationality I don’t have entry/exit stamps in any of my passports. I also lived in NZ as my family were posted there when I was 17/18 (about 15 years ago).
    Sorry for all the questions ☺️

  • Katrunka says:

    Hi,
    My employer doesn’t offer paid maternity leave, so I’ll be relying on the 18 weeks parental payment through centrelink.
    When applying for the claim online it says I won’t be paid until the baby is born.
    Is this correct I’m panicking!
    I have spoken to my employer and she has told me they pay it from the time I decide to leave work.
    She has been wrong in the past so feeling quite wary.
    Thanks.

  • Ange says:

    Hello,

    My expected due date is on May 30, 2019 and I have started working full time since July 9, 2018. I have done more than 500 hours of work already. But since I have to work for 10 months within the 13 months before my due date, does this mean I have to work until May 09, 2019 to be eligible for the ppl? And also, do I still have to work at least 8 hours per week or is it okay to do less than 8 hours a week as I already have done the hours?

    Thank you

    Kind regards,
    Ange

  • Jane says:

    Hello

    I am currently 27 weeks pregnant.
    I have been working by ABN for 3.4 years. My due date is the 2d of June 2019. I am planning to stop working on the 8 th of March.
    I would like to ask you am I meet a work test for paid parental leave ? If yes am I eligible for paid parental leave as I work by ABN and pay my tax every year ?

  • Tel says:

    Hi,

    I am currently 29 weeks pregnant and have been with my company for 2 1/2 years.

    Since I feel pregnant I have been pushed into a double role and have reached my breaking point.

    I’ve been holding out to revieve the government funded parental leave.

    I have officially reach breaking point with 11 weeks until my due date and was wanting to know if I was to resign and provide 2 weeks notice would I be still eligible for the government funded parental leave.

  • Lenae says:

    Hi there,

    Just a question regarding what we need to supply to Centrelink to verify our work.

    I am finishing up work this Thursday 7/3/19 (yay!) with bubs due on the 24th of May.

    I have worked full time for the entire 10/13 months required however I worked two different jobs.

    I was working a full time contract job until June 2018 when I started my current full time job.

    It is not clear what kind of evidence is required to meet the work test as it just says ‘details of your employment’ – does this mean I can just list the two different jobs/ dates/ regular hours?

    Would really appreciate any advice!

    Thanks 🙂

  • Kiara says:

    Hi,
    I am currently on my paid parental leave that started on the 18/11/2018 (well they back paid me to that starting day). March 18 is my last week of payments.
    From what I am reading, this leave is counted as working and can be used to make up the 330 hrs and 5 out of the 10 months of work to be eligible for a 2nd lot of paid leave (just found out I’m miraculously pregnant again after a grueling 1st IVF baby).
    So, technically I have already reached the 330 hours requirement from my current 18 weeks of parental leave pay and 5 months of work. To make up the remaining 5 months do I need to work at least one morning shift a month until the end of August (baby due Oct 20th)? Or can i do 1 shift in april and 7 weeks 6 days later do another..so next shift would be June? That way it is before the 8 week requirement but then I wouldnt be working every month? And if i do my last shift in August, does the remaining 2 months (Sept and Oct) of not working affect my eligibility?
    I only ask as a few of my colleagues do Saturday shifts for their time and a half pay and there are few months coming up that have a few public holidays so not everyone can have a Saturday shift each.
    Thanks.

  • Kiara says:

    Hi,
    I am currently on my paid parental leave that started on the 18/11/2018 (well they back paid me to that starting day). March 18 is my last week of payments.
    From what I am reading, this leave is counted as working and can be used to make up the 330 hrs and 4 out of the 10 months of work to be eligible for a 2nd lot of paid leave (just found out I’m miraculously pregnant again after a grueling 1st IVF baby).
    So, technically I have already reached the 330 hours requirement from my current 18 weeks of parental leave pay and 4 months of work. To make up the remaining 6 months do I need to work at least one morning shift a month until end of September (baby due in Oct)? Or can i do 1 shift in april and 7 weeks 6 days later do another..so next shift would be June? That way it is before the 8 week requirement but then I wouldnt be working every month?
    Thanks.

  • Em says:

    Hi I was just wondering I’m am a casual employee and I have been to that I need to return to work at least one day every 3 months after baby is born so they can keep me on the books is this true? Or am I entitled to the full 12 months off?
    Also do I get the paid maternity leave from the government I have been with the company for almost a year and a half now?

    Thanks

  • Shelly says:

    I am an employer of a staff member who resigned whilst on mat leave with an undetermined date as yet. They have now applied for the 18 week payment and have asked me to fill out the paperwork for them to receive the payment as mentioned through work. Is the correct thing to do or can they access the payments directly from the government? If they are to recieve the payment through our work place should we agree on the resignation date to be after the mat leave period? Neither of us are very clear on what we should do in this circumstance.
    thank you

  • Ellie says:

    Hi, thanks so much for this article! It’s definitely clearer than the info provided by the Department of Human Services. This may be too late (as I had my bub in Oct last year and am now almost 23 weeks into my maternity leave) but I was just wondering whether you might be able to advise me on a couple of things…? I applied for paid maternity leave through my employer and was approved for 6 months of paid leave to be followed by 6 months of leave without pay (this takes me up until the end of my fixed-term contract). I didn’t realise however that I also had to speak to my employer about applying to Centrelink for parental leave pay. I’m currently in the process of submitting an application to Centrelink, with a view to commencing payments once I begin LWOP. Is this going to be an issue? Is it also possible to opt to receive payments directly from Centrelink rather than through my employer? Thanks in advance for any advice you might be able to offer!

  • Chris says:

    Hi
    Thanks for summarising this – very helpful. When I return from maternity leave, I am hoping to work reduced hours. I will not be able to fulfil all my current duties as a part-timer and am hoping my employer will allow me to split my role so i can job share. Do I have to return to my current role and duties and hours or can my employer write a new job description for me when I return? Should i get something in writing before i go on leave?
    Many thanks for your advice

  • CandyPam says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the guide it’s a lot clearer than others I’ve read. I’m still stuck and will definitely contact FairWork to learn my rights and confirm but your thoughts on my situation would be greatly appreciated, however high level…

    I’m my household’s primary income earner and the expecting mother. My wage is sustaining our lifestyle in every respect as my husband is studying a degree working casually. We earn less than $150Kpa and both appear to qualify for the leave entitlement. However, mnimum wage is less than half my income.

    I’ve asked my employer if I can work from home full time from (June) two months before my due date (August) working right up to my 40th week. I’ve asked to two weeks unpaid maternity leave and for a week’ paid holidays before returning to work full time from home for the rest of the year, (December).

    Ideally I’d like my husband to claim primary carers leave for the full 18 weeks from birth to support me returning to work full time from home so it’s feasible and our baby’s needs are met in the early months.

    I’d like to know – a) Can the baby’s father be transferred primary carer status if I need return to work full time? It is a ‘need’ 18 weeks on minimum income would cost me $23K I’d need to put on credit.

    b) Is returning to work full time, even if it was from home, impossible 3 weeks after birth? Is it unfair to my baby even though not doing so would set us back financially?

    c) I’d love to know if there’s other Mum’s who’ve been in the primary income earning role and who’ve had to make the difficult decision to return to work much earlier than the 18 weeks.

    Any feedback would be much appreciated.

  • Miss N says:

    Hi, I am just trying to figure out this paid maternity leave system. I am not from Australia but will have my PR by the time baby gets here.
    I have just found out that I am pregnant and I have just started a casual job with the Government. If I stop work 1 month before my due date I will have worked for nearly 8 months. Enough hours according to the criteria but not enough months.
    What will happen in this situation? Does that mean I can´t get paid at all? Or is there another form of payment when you have worked less than the 10/13 months?

    Thank you very much.

  • Carls says:

    Hi,

    My workplace doesn’t offer paid maternity leave, however my husbands workplace can offer him 6 months paid leave if he is the primary carer. Would this affect what I would be entitled to from Centrelink? And would it affect how soon I’d have to go back to work? Its all so confusing!! Help!

  • Tiff says:

    Hello!

    Thanks for making it so much easier the figure out parental leave/maternity leave within Australia. I work 4 days a week from 8.30am – 4.30pm and just wanted to check my eligibility. I’m not sure which number to call as there are so many websites and phone numbers. Do you have a suggestion of who to call?

    Also, would you know by any chance, if I would get the whole $719.35 per week or does this figure reflect and depend on how many days you work a week?

    Thanks so much,

    T

  • Mrs A says:

    Hi,

    We’re finding it really hard to navigate all the online forms to set up our Parental Leave Pay and anything else we may be eligible for.

    It looks like we are eligible but the online forms are not showing that.

    What is the best way to get everything set up and find out exactly what we can apply for based on our circumstances?

    We have been into Centrelink and they said to call human services. We called human services and they sent us to a website with online forms.

    Any suggestions/advice?

  • Raisa says:

    Can you get full amount maternity pay from Centrelink???

  • liz says:

    Hello, im currently employed as a contractor with this ended just before my baby is due. I will meet the work test but do i need to be employed to be able to claim the PPL?
    also i have a 2 year old son who is in daycare 5 days a week…..will my child care subsidy be affected?

  • ZARA says:

    Hi,
    I started work from 21 August 2018 and my due date is 30 June 2019. I have contract till 17 May 2019. I’ll have worked more than 330 hrs by that time. I don’t have 8 weeks work gap in between (2 weeks in the middle). But guessing it’ll be only 9 months!

    Is there any chance to get PPL?

  • Rosiee says:

    Hi I have a question,

    Currently on paid parental leave and my 18 Weeks is nearly up, I’m thinking about taking unpaid parental leave ( which means I wouldn’t get paid from my employer or government?) so I was wondering if there are any options in regards to other payments from Centerlink for me And would that be based on my income even though I’m on parental leave from work?

    how much notice would I need to give my employer if I was to take unpaid parental leave.

    Thanks

  • Jacqueline says:

    Hi, I have been employed full time at my job for seven years, earn under $150K a year and will work 10/11 out of the 13 months prior to giving birth so I meet the requirements for the 18 weeks of Government pay. I am wondering if I quit my job prior to leaving to have the baby am I still eligible to receive the Government pay? Or to receive this do I need to stay employed? I am due in August, will give my notice in February but will finish up in July.

  • Tam says:

    Hi
    I opted for a lump sum payment from my employer and this i received when my mat leave started however when my centrelink parental leave payments started coming through after bub was born my employer who was making my parental leave pay had deducted almost $500 in taxes every fortnight. I was advised that this was because I had received a lump sum payment of my income. Is this even appropriate?

  • Conor says:

    Hi,

    My wife earned 150k in 17/18 tax year as a contractor but has not worked since start of november when her contract role finished. Our baby was born in December. She applied for the parental leave but it was rejected due to what she had earned in the previous tax year even though that we had large medical expenses that we could not claim against tax. She had not planned to return to work in 2019 but obviously without any paid parental leave now it may have to change. What options does she have? He seems unfair to have paid so much tax, to do be able to avail of any paid parental leave that would atleast cover our rent.

    thanks for your help

  • Anna says:

    Hi, I had a question about the work test. First baby in October 17, with paid parental leave until roughly Feb 18 and then unpaid maternity leave until end August 18. Was supposed to restart 1 Sep 18 but due to some issues getting baby used to day care, took some standard unpaid leave in September and actually restarted work on 24th September 18. From this point forward, I have been working part time 3 days per week so no issue with as achieving the 330 hrs. Baby #2 due early July, my main question is whether or not I may miss the qualifying period of 295 days by a few days. Can I use the 1st of Sep 18 as start of qualifying period, with a break at start from 3rd until 24th, noting that 1st and 2nd were a Saturday/Sunday? Or can the qualifying period only start on 24th, in which case I end short of the 295 qualifying period days?

  • Paulina says:

    Hi there! My husband and I are permanent residents in Australia. Will we be able to apply for this or is it just offered to citizens?

    Thank you!

  • Jerry says:

    Hi all

    I work full time (husband) and I’m thinking about taking paternity leave through the company that I work for.Is it possible to do this as my (wife) is currently studying partime ,without me being there as the primary carer for our newborn child and we believe that she won’t success fully complete the course/studies.This course is also a gateway to partime employment for her chosen profession later on.Note we have currently have a 3 year old as well at home

    Kind regards

    Jerry

  • Sheridan P says:

    Hi There, does anyone know if you can take 1/2 payments for 36 weeks? so instead of getting $719 per week for 18 weeks (before tax) request to receive $359 for 36 weeks.

    Kind regards Sheridan

  • Fari says:

    Hi
    my question is How much late I can apply for parental pay. Due to some reasons if I claim after 2 months my baby born is that fine ?

  • Jessie says:

    Hi there, it says “You can include your hours of work for a family business, even if it doesn’t make an income. However you must be working for financial gain or benefit, even if you’re not paid.” In this case, am I eligible for the PPL if I work for my husband’s company as a bookkeeper without getting paid? (It’s a new business which didn’t get much profit to afford my pay) thanks

  • Eury says:

    Good Morning,

    I own a small company and the director’s fee I’ve drawn would meet the income test. I put on heaps of hours working for my business that would meet the work test. I’ve meet the other eligibility requirements but due to the fact that I own the company (separate entity) my question is – will I be eligible to apply for PPL?

  • Vanessa says:

    Hi there, I am not sure how to fill in the fringe benefit. On my tax return it only shows my gross payment which around $36,000 but on my group certificate I have fringe benefit for another $29,999. It that mean I need to fill in at the claim form “exempt reportable fringe benefit: $29,999”?
    How about other reportable fringe benefit?

  • Dee says:

    Hi there, im currently on ‘unpaid parental leave’ with baby due 2019. Im currently using my AL so i can still meet the requirements for the governments maternity pay but can i get a casual job with another employer whilst on unpaid leave and before my maternity pay kicks in?

  • Natasha says:

    Can you takepaid parental leave back to back? eg: Baby is born in April 2018, you take paid parental leave in March 2019 which is within the 12 month period. You give birth to another baby in June 2019 (18 weeks paid parental leave has expired). Are you entitled to another 18 weeks paid parental leave for the 2nd baby without going back to work?

  • steph says:

    HI

    cAN A DAD OF A NEWBORN BABY WHO PARTNER is not an australian resident claim any parental payemnts from govenment – he has a fulltime job

  • Mish says:

    Hello,
    Thank you for the great article! But I am confused, My employer pays 14 weeks Parental Leave, so how many weeks pay will Centrelink pay me? Will that amount be on top of the 14 weeks? Or is it combined from my employer and Centrlink to make up the 18 weeks?
    Thank you,
    Any help would be appreciated!

  • Laura says:

    Hello. Some really useful information here, thanks for the info.

    My question is… Am I eligible to claim for PPL from the gov if I am not currently an Australian Resident? My bub was born in August and my husband and I lodged our application in May this year and the expected date for our application (including bub) to be processed is early next year.

    Any further info on this would be most helpful.

    Thanks,
    Laura

  • Fae says:

    Hi,

    I have a fulltime job and work 38hr weeks.
    My due date is July 15.
    By my calculations I’ve already passed the PPL requirements by already doing 330hrs. Is that correct?

    Also, if I decide to go on Maternity leave early due to medical reasons do I still qualify?

    Thanks for your help.

  • VW says:

    Hiya, just wondering if every individual gets the same amount or does it differ depending on your employment status or how many hours a week you worked before starting taking leave?

  • Cindy says:

    Hi, Thank you for this thread as it’s really helpful. I have a querry and I hope you that you will be able to help me, I am pregnant with my third child and due on February 20, 2019, I started working January 15, 2018 and have to finished November 14, 2018 as I worked in a University boarding house whereas all students has to leave for their year end break, will I still be able to avail PPL? Thank you.

  • BS says:

    hi, thanks for this great thread. I am due on Feb 2019 so when they say “adjusted taxable income in the financial year before the birth or adoption or the date you lodge your claim, whichever is earlier” for me would that be the Jul 2017 to Jun 2018 tax financial year’s income as that is earlier. So I should have earned less than 150K in that year ? Is this correct ?

  • Light the way says:

    I am really confused about the Paid Parental Leave scheme and have a query I’m hoping you can help me with?

    My baby is due 26th December 2018 and I stopped work on October 6th 2018. I found out three weeks before finishing work that I had Gestational Diabetes so was thankful that I was finishing early as I needed the space to look after myself. I definitely would have worked 330 hours as I worked full time and then dropped a day or two as I got later in my pregnancy but because I finished so early does this mean I am unable to get the paid leave?

    As I found out I had an illness after I had already decided to finish work anyway is it impossible to receive the leave entitlements? So confused?
    I don’t think my employer will write a letter stating that I was ill as I didn’t tell them as I was already finishing work.

    Appreciate any advice xx

  • Leesh says:

    Hello! I really need some help. I have 2 casual jobs, one that I would have worked over 12 months but have not got enough hours up for parental leave (bub is due March 2019) I recently got a second casual job to get up my hours, will this still be ok in the 330 hours as its a new job but other job I have been there for a longer period.

    Thank you

  • Michelle says:

    I have a question regarding income. I have had a high income in the financial year just gone – taxable income of $141,000. on top of that, I also had some exempt FBT. Do they add a percentage of the exempt FBT on top of my taxable income. im worried this will get me over the $150,000.
    Im due in March 2019 and I know in this financial year my income will be a lot lower. if im unsure can I apply after 1st july 2019 with my lower income.

  • Lily says:

    Hi just wondering becuase is not clear in any website. I work in a child care a an educator. I’m planing to work part time next year and also fall pregnant, in that case, do I still get paid maternity leave for $715 per week from Centrelink if I comply with all the requirements like work for 13 months with the employer and tax money? Im wondering because as a part time (30 hours per week, is this consider part time?), my salary will be less than the amount centrelink pay. Is it ok to receive $715? Another thing is that in the previous year (and now) I am working full time with the same company but want to reduce my hours becuase I want to do some profesional development courses. Thanks for your support.

  • Anna says:

    Hi, my husband is eligible for 3 months Primary Care Giver Leave from his work whereas I don’t get any paid Maternity Leave from my job. Just wondering if anyone knows if I can take the centrelink PPL after my husband has been on paid leave for the first 3 months. Also, how much work I’d need to do each week to prove that he is the primary caregiver?

    Thanks

    Anna

  • Eva says:

    Hi all,

    First of all thank you for providing this forum!

    I’m a first-time-mother-to-be and am just slightly confused about PPL eligibility.

    I have started a new job on July 16th 2018 after being overseas for 1 1/2 years. I fell pregnant shortly after and am now 12 weeks pregnant.

    The current estimated due date is May 8th 2019 and (according to an online date to date calculator), I would have worked/been employed just short of 10 months when the baby is due. I would have, however, worked more than 330h by that time as I worked in between 30-38h each week.

    I intend to work until mid-April 2019 – would I then be best off accumulating sufficient Annual Leave to cover until the 10 months employment period is reached to be eligible for PPL?

    Your assistance and any advice is very much appreciated! Kind regards, Eva

  • Farri says:

    Hi I am working for company from 2015.
    I am pregnant and my due is 10 January 2019 due to health issue I took maternity leave from 7 September 2018.
    For parental pay you need to do 330 hours which (I did already 330 hours ) and 10 month out of 13 before your baby due.
    Now I am doing claiming parental pay my test work shows my 13 months period start from 14 dec2017 till 10 January 2019.
    My question is did I complete 10 months period or not.
    I did work 14 dec 2017 till 7 sep 2018 ( now I am unpaid maternity leave)

  • Dece says:

    Hi,

    I’ve been thinking I’d be eligible for parental leave pay but i’m starting to stress about it.

    I gave birth October 2017. I received my last payment of PPL on February 27th 2018. (Payment date, I think PPL technically ended 23rd Feb)

    I returned to work on April 23rd. I fell pregnant again unexpectedly in June.

    So i’m due 1st of Feb 2019

    since finding out i’m pregnant I’ve been making an effort to work the 330 hours. I’m aware previous PPL can count towards the work test but there is a 2 month gap which is technically 8 weeks and 3 days.

    By the time bub is born I will have worked for 9 months and hopefully in that time 330 hours.

    Any idea if I’ll be eligible? I do plan to call centrelink, it’s a weekend and I’m stressing myself silly about it

  • maz says:

    Hi there,

    Apologies if this has been asked before: Is it possible to stretch the mat leave to double the time (instead of taking 18 weeks, take 36 weeks) by asking for half pay??

    Thank you!
    ps: Not pregnant, just researching it all before taking the LEAP!

  • ladyL says:

    How much does it work out to be after tax?

  • Ash says:

    If you received maternity leave pay from your work an not from Centrelink, can you then contact Centrelink an say that I didn’t get this payment?

  • Techniques says:

    I’m wondering when the 10mth is calculated from? As I’m on the boarderline of hours I’m wondering does the 10 months begin at the start of the 13mths? Or dated back from the babies birth date? Or dated back from when you stop work?

  • SO says:

    Hello ,
    I worked in a child care centre from 22nd Aug 2017 to 9th July 2018. I quit job because of pregnancy complications and was admitted in the hospital and doctor asked for a 2 weeks bed rest .My baby is due on 3rd nov 2018. I worked for almost 9 and a half month from 13 month prior to the expected date. Am I eligible for the paid maternity leave from the government .

  • Nganoi says:

    Hi,

    I am hoping you can assist and I believe you have had many similar queries so apologise in advance!

    I was previously working full time with one employer but was made redundant and finished up on 15 June 2018. I then commenced work with my current employer on 22 July 2018 and will finish up on 25 October 2018.

    My baby is due on 26 November 2018, will I qualify for the government parental leave? My break time between the two employers was 5 weeks and then the break time from current contract end date to due date is another 4 weeks, which is just over the 8 week period. Do you know when the 10 months out of 13 month period is calculated? I am assuming if it is counted prior to this current role then I should be eligible, is that correct?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide

  • Bek says:

    Hi There, I am 20 weeks pregnant due on the 07/02/2019 and I work as a heavy equipment truck driver in the mines and have done so for 15 months. I am wanting to give up soon as I am having problems with the long hours of work (12.67hour shifts) and the nature of the work. I am thinking about getting an alternative job outside of mining. I am wondering if you can still get the paid parental leave if you change to a different job?

  • Little Badger Claws says:

    Hi there, thanks for providing this forum and would love some clarity around ‘unemployment’.
    I just found out I was made redundant from my work place and then a week later have found out I’m pregnant. I am currently looking for other work and may opt for a 6 month contract role due to when Bub is expected. This would see me unemployed from about a month before birth. Assuming I meet the 10mths and 330 hours work test, would I be eligible for parental pay? Thank so much

  • Graeme says:

    Hi guys. My wife is currently 11 weeks pregnant, but hoping to move jobs. Does the 10 out of 13 months work have to be with one employer or is she okay to move jobs?

  • alisha says:

    Thanks very much for conducting this forum!!

    I (mother) am ineligible for PPL due to >150k income in 17-18 financial year, but my partner/ father of baby earned only a very small income through a small business – ie i was the primary income for the partnership. Why is means test not household income? It seems discriminatory to women who are the primary earner in the family when other couples can have the male partner on an income >>150k and still get the full payment?! Have you seen this situation before?

  • Michelle says:

    Hello,

    Quick question regarding the paid maternity leave. I work full time and will be claiming the paid maternity leave from the government, which I will get paid to me through my full time job. I also have a casual Saturday job working as a dance teacher, which is completely seperate to my full time office job. Can I still continue this casual work whilst receiving the paid maternity leave from the government? Or will it affect my payments?

    Thank you 🙂

  • Nickie says:

    Hi, wondering if you could answer my question…

    I have nominated my parental leave pay to commence from 1 Oct 2018 and the pay period finishes on 3 Feb 2019. My baby was born in late Jun 2018 and selecting Oct for payment commencement is because I get full pay from work till end of Sep. My question is that can I return to work part time during my parental leave pay period? How will this affect my pay?

    Thanks heaps.

  • Mel says:

    Hi I have worked 10 of the 13 months before Bub is due and also compleated over 330 hours but I was not employed before I started working as I was a stay at home mum …. am I correct in saying you have to be employed for the full 13 months? So even though I’ve done the criteria… because I wasent employed the first month of the test time I won’t be eligible?

  • Melapie says:

    Hoping you can offer some guidance: i have worked for my employer for 5 years but am not offered paid maternity leave from them which is fine. My baby is due early March, I am looking to finish work over Christmas break (mandatory shut down) and take the remainder of my paid leave accrued in January, which will get me to mid January and be counted as “work”. My understanding is once my paid leave has run out I can then stop working (either by taking maternity leave or resigning as I’m not intending to return), but I’m concerned about the “no more than 8 weeks between consecutive work days” criteria. If the baby is late, I won’t receive PPL if I’ve not worked for 8 weeks, is that correct? I’m wondering if i need to work a day a week or so in January (not ideal with an hour commute each way) to ensure I’ll not have had more than 8 weeks off?

  • Rebecca says:

    Im a teacher in WA and I’m due to start my maternity in Jan 2019 (term 1 in the school) year. The school will pay me full pay for 14 weeks taking me up to mid May 2019 or half pay at 28 weeks which would take me up to mid September. Can I still apply for Government paid parental leave after either of these options? Ideally the longer I can stay at home with the baby the better. My partner and I both originally from the UK so have no family to help with childcare, however Im wondering what will be the best option financially.
    Thankyou in advance for your help
    Rebecca 🙂

  • Zoe says:

    Hi,
    I just have a question that I’d love some help with;
    Should I start my parental leave payments after my company paid maternity leave? Bubs is due 10th sept, my company pays me 6 weeks and then I am taking 7 weeks long service leave after that. Should I/ Can I start my government parental leave after my company leave is done? Which would be the 7/01/2019.
    Thanks!
    Zoe 🙂

  • SMB says:

    Hi, I have just found out I’m pregnant (due May 2019). my individual income for last financial year was $150,546 – I’m wondering do you think I could meet the income eligibility given I’m just over the $150,000? Other option is if they will look at my income for this financial year even though I won’t be still working come 30 Jun 2019. Because if they do that I will be under $150k. I know I have 6 months until I can apply anyway.

  • Diana says:

    Hi bubhub! Hoping someone can help here. I’ve been working overseas for the past two years, my daughter was born in March (also overseas), but we’ve decided to move back to Australia since her birth. We are Australian citizens.

    Would I still meet the Parental Pay criteria if my work and daughters birth were both overseas? Many thanks.

  • Narla says:

    Hi im currently on maternity leave which ends on 9/September (really soon) but i dont plan to start work because I have no one to look after my son til the new year. I want to get onto centrelink as I am single parent now. I have been living off my parental leave pay and savings. But not sure what my entitlements are? Im an australian citizen. I have only applied for the parental leave pay as soon as i had my son. Am I entitled to the newborn upfront pay? This is my first child.

  • AJ says:

    Hi, hope you don’t mind me asking.
    I am a temp, and my hours have varied from 10-40 hours per week since September 2017.

    Our baby is due 14 December, 2018.

    As a temp I don’t get paid when I don’t work and I have had time off for our honeymoon and time between different jobs. I’m worried it may affect my parental leave entitlement… maybe I haven’t worked 10months in a row?

    I had 1 week off over Christmas.
    6 weeks, 3 days off from April 6 to May 21.
    2 weeks between jobs from 15 June to 2 July.
    1 week from 30 July to 5 May.

    I’ve worked 630 hours since 14 September 2017.

    My work is also about to be reduced to 1 day (8 hours) per fortnight from the 10th of September and ending on the 12th of November (about 4 weeks before I’m due).

    I believe I will have enough hours. But would you know if my weeks of unpaid leave/not working make me ineligible?

    I’ve called Centrelink, but the people there are even confused because the terms are kind of vague, or can be interpreted in different ways.

    Thank you, I hope you can help.
    Xo

  • Mummax5 says:

    Query. My claim for paid parental leave has been rejected. The reason was, it states “I did not meet the work test”.
    So I returned to work last July 2017. Due date was 13 of July but had my Bub on the 27th of June. I worked right up to having baby. I’m working casual and have been working more than 8hrs a week since I started. Except in March I only worked 10hrs one fortnight and maybe 12 hours the other fortnight cos I was in well. But all other weeks it’s more than 8 hrs pw. Apparently there is no other info besides “I did not meet the work test” so I appealed the claim and waiting. Does anyone have a fair idea what could the issue? My family is under financial stress cos my income was the only one besides FTB and without paid parental leave our bills behind, rent & car especially. Not only that, but if I get declined again that means I can’t breastfeed my Bub Cos I will def have to return to work.

  • Ben says:

    My wife, just spoke to Centrelink as our paid maternity leave amount didn’t seem right(the amount showed up in myGov, even though we havent actually been paid yet) and they said they have reduced it to 12 weeks on the first of July. Has anyone else come across this?

  • Dm says:

    Hi there,

    My due date is on 28th of september 2018. I am applying for paid parental leave. I am a bit confused of 8 week gap.
    My 13 month period starts from 1st sep 2017 to 28 th september.
    I went on maternity leave from 2nd of july.
    I worked full time from 1st september 2017 to 2nd july 2018. This counts 10 months. I havent taken any unpaid in those ten months. But from 2nd july there is more than 8 week gap to my due date.
    I understand i meet the work test for working more than 330 hours in the 10 month period.
    I am wondering how do they choose the 10 month period in the 13 months? Is it from the begining or in the end?
    I am wondering do they look at whole 13 months period for 8 week gap or do they look in between the 10 month period?
    Based on the above , do you think i am eligible?

  • Sophie says:

    Hi,

    If I finish work 8 weeks prior to my due date, am I still eligible for paid parental leave if I meet all other requirements?

    My contract ends on 28th September and I am due 21st November. I would like to extend my contract but this is not possible unfortunately.

  • Jen says:

    Hi – apologies if this has been answered many times already. I tried to read through comments to see if it had but hadn’t found the same question.
    I am a permanent/FT employee and am eligible for Maternity leave from my company. I earn well under 150k per financial year. Am i still able to apply for parental leave and receive my separate maternity leave from my organisation?
    Thanks!

  • Lou says:

    Hi
    Hoping you might be able to help before I try to call Centrelink to confirm.
    I am unsure if I meet the 10 month eligibility, it depends if it goes off dates or months.
    I started with my employer on 24th January 2018. My second baby is due 11th November 2018 and I plan on going on maternity leave on 12th October 2018. From January – October that is 10 months, but if it goes from date to date then I am just shy of 10 months. Prior to starting the new job in January, I was on maternity leave from my old employer with the government paid parental leave finishing in October 2017 so from November 2017 I was on unpaid maternity leave.
    Based on the above, do you think I am eligible?

  • Shan83 says:

    Hi guys,
    Wondering if someonecan ease my anxieties! I’m 35, single, looking to try for a baby and buy a house fairly soon (maybe too ambitious!) If I have a home loan, shoes anyone know if any payments are available from the government or if flexible loans are available while I’m off work? Why this is so important to me, is that the specialist has only given me 20% chance of successful pregnancy via IVF. Maybe the decision of being a mum will be made for me… but I hope I’m lucky enough to be a mum.

  • Jane says:

    Hello
    I am currently pregnant and my baby is due next year Aprile. I am full time employed. I lost baby this is End of March and had D&E at that time. After I had OT I went back to my country for 2months. I had 9weeks unpaid leave at that time. But that period is going be included 13months period. Is that means I cannot get ppl?? I can have medical certificate as I went to the hospital to get treatment every week. That 9 weeks is going to be begginng of 13 months period. I am very confused with that 8weeks gap. Someone said it should be okay as it is not in 10months period. I worked for long time but only had unpaid leave at that time as I was not able to work as I lost the baby at that time

  • doan phan says:

    HI there,
    Me again, Im trying to complete my application as its a bit confuse. I made the work test at worked for 10 months for more than 330 hours and no gaps between 10 months. However, i stopped working 31/july and baby due in octorber.
    the question is if they ask are you currently employed? what should i say because my friend said if you said No you may not get money?

  • CC says:

    Hi,

    To be eligible for the Government Parental Leave Pay I understand my adjusted taxable income must be below AUD150,000. However, the Human Services Government website also states ‘If you have a partner, their income can also affect your adjusted taxable income.’. How will my partners income be included in the calculation. E.g. if the adjusted taxable income is ~ AUD 200,000 will I still be eligible for the Government payment?

  • Theja says:

    Hi there,

    I am a full time employee -male working 38 hrs a week. We are expecting our baby in the first week of sep 2018. My wife is not working at the moment and has not worked at all in Australia since she arrived. What kind of leave am i eligible for. Is it just dad and partner pay or can i claim parental leave pay of 18 weeks as i m the one who is earning for the whole family which will make a primary carer for the baby.

    Please clairfy as this is really confusing.

    Thanks

  • summer123 says:

    Hi, my work doesn’t pay maternity leave so I will get the 18 weeks from government. If I start leave 3 or 4 weeks before due date do the payments start then or only once the baby is born?

    I have a few months long service leave built up as well so will want to use some of that too. Am hoping I can have some of it as half pay

  • Self employed mumma says:

    Hi
    I’m self employed and will be part way through a contact with a company that I will be completing after my baby is born.
    I won’t be doing anymore work for once this contract is completed
    I’ve met all the work tests but does this make me ineligible for paid paternity leave?

  • Jen says:

    Hi there, I am planning to return to Australia but don’t want to put our plans on hold for having a second baby for various reasons. I assume overseas employment doesn’t count towards the required minimum period of working to be eligible for PPL? What period of leave would I be entitled to? Obviously I would check empt terms with a future employer and seek to negotiate if I was already pregnant at that stage but my experience is that maternity policies are not usually volunteered and awkward to ask for at offer stage. Any advice would be greatly appreciated – it’s very difficult to find any information online. Thanks!

  • Sally says:

    Hello. I currently have a 12 month part-time contract with my employer that I am hoping will be upgraded to permanent part-time in February 2019. Would I be required to work for a further 12 months on a permanent contract before I would be eligible for paid maternity leave from my employer? Or is my 12 months on contract included?
    Thanks

  • Melissa says:

    I have a question, i am due in jan 2019 but am wondering in order to receive ppl does my hours of work in the 10 month period need to be monday to friday work or does it include weekend work hours also? If it does include saturday and sunday hours then i will definately meet the work test.

  • Lala says:

    Hi,
    just a question about the work requirements for paid parental leave.
    If I am due the 28th November 2018 and I work up until the 31st August 2018 that equates to the 10/13 months correct? I have been working full time for the same employee for three years and haven’t taken any unpaid leave from them. Does that meet the work requirement?

  • Anna says:

    Hi!! Was hoping you could please help me.
    If my work is paying me 6 months at half pay before I commence the 18 weeks Centrelink paid parental leave, does my husband have to start his Dad Pay only when I commence the 18 weeks Centrelink PPL? Can he claim Dad Pay at the same time that I am claiming Centrelink PPL? But not at the same time as me getting paid by my employer for Mat leave. So confusing!!!

    I guess what I’m asking is – can we both access the Centrelink gov. benefits at the same time?

  • Talie says:

    Hi I was wondering if you could shed any light on my situation, I’m due 30th August and plan to work up until the 20th August, I started my current job start of dec 2017 (around the 4th), my 10 month period would apply from around the 20th October I believe. My question is this, i have worked 330 hrs in that time, but could my 6 weeks of unemployment at the start of the ten month period still make me eligble?

  • Alaa says:

    Hi I’m just wondering if you would know about if I would be untitled to another lot of paid parental leave, I’m employed full time but am on maternity leave with my 10 week old baby, we’ve just found out I’m pregnant again, I will be returning back to work at 18 weeks but I’m wandering how long I need to work before going on mat leave again ?

  • Araz says:

    Thanks a lot for your help.
    We won’t apply for family tax benefit anyway because I know we are not eligible for it. So as long as it doesn’t impact my paid parental leave then I’m ok:)
    You’ve been really helpful.
    Thanks
    Araz

  • Araz says:

    Hi there,
    It’s me again.
    I was trying to apply for paid parental leave online with Centrelink and there was only one question for work test and it was “ will you be working from 13th of Sep 2017 till 13th of July 2018 for at least 8 hours per week?” (My due date is 13th of Oct) And if I don’t answer yes then it won’t proceed. So for my case because I had pregnancy complication and I didn’t work from 14th of feb 2018 till 30th of April 2018, and as I mentioned I have both letters from doctor and employer, but even when I got back to work Ive been working only once a week for 5,5 hours! Does it have to be at least 8hours per week!!! There was no question about 8 weeks gap and 330hours work!!! I’m very confused and I don’t know what to do? The claim doesn’t even have an attaching documents part!!!

  • Sue says:

    Hi
    My name is Sue and i have got a question regarding multiple employer to meet work test to get maternity entitlement. for example i get pregnant in July this year and i quit my current job and started working with new job on September . i will be due on March 2019 . Will 10 months can be counted from both job? thanks

  • Araz says:

    Hi there,
    It’s me again:) I asked you few questions recently and you were very helpful. Now I have another question.
    As I mentioned before I suffered from hyperemesis gravidadum pregnancy complication during this pregnancy and I have a gap of more than 8 weeks but I have my doctor’s and employer’s letters for that. The only thing is that by the end of this month my employer is going to change and the person who signed for my letter is no longer my boss, so I was thinking if Centrelink calls and checks what’s going to happen? Do they call and check? Should I ask my new boss to sign that letter? But he wasn’t even there and has no idea!!!
    Thanks
    Araz