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

Paid parental leave for newborn baby in parents handsIn 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 $695 a week before tax (correct as of July 2017).

UPDATE: No changes were made to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme in the 2017 budget

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 an 8-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.

How much money will you receive in Parental Leave Pay?

Parental Leave Pay is currently $695 a week before tax for a maximum of 18 weeks (amount correct as of July 2017).

It is a taxable payment – which means it may affect your existing family assistance entitlements, child support arrangements and tax obligations.

UPDATE: The so-called ‘double-dipping’ law was not passed – so 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).

You can opt to have the payment paid directly to you from the government. This might be a better option if you’ve decided not to return to your employer, if they are not based in Australia or you haven’t worked for them for long.

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 $540 (correct as of July 2017).

The Newborn Supplement amount depends on your income and how many children you have. The maximum amount is a maximum of $1,618.89 for your first child or a maximum of $540.54 for subsequent children (amounts correct as of July 2017). 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.

READ: Our guide to government family benefit payments for info on all government family benefits

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 an 8 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 $695 a week before tax (correct as of July 2017). 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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  1. Hi bubhub!
    I been working 14 months full time, 2 days ago I got dismissed (unfair and getting advice atm towards that topic) my due date is 10 of march 2018. Am I qualified to apply for parental leave?

  2. Hi there. My due will be on next month and I been working during my first trimester about 16 weeks only and during that I done 379 hours within that 16 weeks. Am I qualify to apply the maternity leave? and my temporary visa subclass 820 still on process.. Thank you

  3. Hi there, I’ve been in my current employment for a little over two years. I am due to give birth in May 2018 but I am thinking of leaving my job for good around January. Would I still be eligible for paid maternity leave when my baby is due?

    • HI C. Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. I am not 100 per cent sure on the answer to this question as it does depend on exact dates and whether you would have worked the 10 months required within the 13 months before your due date. By my very rough calculations (not knowing exact dates) I would think that you’d have to work until February sometime.

      The other thing that I’ve never really gotten a definitive answer on is this. They say to be eligible you have to work for 10 months out of the 13 prior to birth with no more than an eight-week gap between two working days. So obviously if you finish even in February you will have more than an 8-week gap there – BUT maybe they mean that gap can’t be within the 10 month period (rather than the 13 month period). Sorry if I’m confusing you further!!! In any case you’d need to confirm this with Centrelink.

      Another thing — if you are stopping work early because of a pregnancy complication you might still be eligible if you have a letter from your doctor confirming this – and a letter from your employer confirming that you would have worked enough to meet the eligibility criteria, had you not had this pregnancy complication.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help but I hope this has helped in some way.

      All the best x

  4. Hi. I just went to CentreLink today to find out more about PPL. I’m 32 weeks pregnant and have worked full time for the past 2,5 years. I have never thought I will not be entitle to PPL. But I was advised differently today and that has confused me and added a lot of stress. They said that due to my partner’s plus my income for the tax year 2016/2017 was higher than $150 000 I will not get PPL. The sentence says individual?!? Please see:”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.”
    I can’t believe this… very shocked and disappointed… please advise your thoughts. In the end the legislation is what it is… We just thought the first 18 weeks we don’t have to worry straight away about bills and loan payments and easy into one income little by little… Now it’s just boom straight away when I finish up we loose half of the income… I’m just very shocked hows there is no help for moms and young families to settle in with their new baby… Thank you.

    • Hi! Sorry to hear about your experience in Centrelink. I am as baffled as you. It is INDIVIDUAL. Your partner’s income isn’t taken into consideration. I suggest you call or return there (ugh, I know … ) and talk to someone else. It might be a good idea to tell them who told you that information yesterday too.

      Hope you get some straight answers. Please come back to let me know what happens. I’m very curious! Take care x

    • Hi Martha,

      After spending hours and hours filling out Centrelink question for PPL, I today received a letter from Centre link to say that I also don’t qualify for PPL because of our joint income being just over $150k.

      We have been replying on this to live, like yourself, Its just not fair we pay taxes etc etc so why are we not eligible.

      We are better off not working and milking the system. So frustrating…..

      • Hi Frustration! Thanks for your comment. This is baffling! I wonder if something has changed or gone wrong because the Centrelink site clearly states that you meet the ‘income test’ if you “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”

        If I were you I would question them over this! I would love to see a copy of this letter if you have it! Bizarre!

  5. I’m a teacher working 1 day a week. How is the 330 hours calculated? Are paid teaching holidays taken into consideration? I don’t think I will acquire enough hours working 1 day a week for 10 months so will have to look at relief work as well or private tutoring. Does private tutoring count? How is this proven if cash in hand is received? Would a log of hours have to be kept and sent to Centrelink? THanks

    • Hi there! congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. It sounds like you might be right as the centrelink site says to get the 330 hours is usually just MORE than one day a week. I am not sure that paid holidays are able to be counted in the ‘330hours’ but they would count in the ’10 out of 13 months’.

      I am also not sure if private tutoring would count if it is cash in hand. You might need to get yourself an ABN (easy and free to do) just so the tax office knows what you’re doing – because they will as soon as you lodge your PPL forms anyway if you choose to count this. You will need to have some sort of log of hours/work done.

      Sorry I have not been much help. Best to check it all with centrelink in this case. Thanks!

  6. My husband and I run a business together and I am currently receiving the 18 weeks parental leave pay. Am I able to pay myself maternity leave from our business at the same time?

    • Hi Frances,

      Congrats on your new baby! And thanks for your question.

      That’s a tough one and I’m not too sure of the answer.

      I do know that you are able to receive maternity leave pay from your employer as well as PPL from the government.

      I am not sure though if you can receive it at the same time (or whether they have to be consecutively). And I’m not sure how it relates if you are self-employed.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. I’m afraid you’ll have to chat to Centrelink about this one. If you do get a straight answer we’d love to hear what they say.

      Thanks! All the best x

    • It cannot be paid at the same time. The government one should finish before your own can or should start or vice versa. I am not entirely sure how they would track this though. I had a double up at somepoint my last mat leave. They gov paid my work and they paid me my work mat leave pay and a bulk amount of the government one all in the same month.

  7. Hello,
    I started working on Sept 8th 2017 and before that I was studying fulltime for 6 months.
    I have just found out I’m pregnant and my due date will be June 20 2018. It’s only early on but by my calculations I will be 2.5 weeks out of being eligible for paid parental leave.
    Just wondering if I’m working that out right??
    Will they really not pay me if it’s so close??
    I work atleast 25-30 hours a week so I will definitely have worked the right amount of hours.
    Thank you 🙂

    • HI B! Congrats on your pregnancy. How exciting!

      It sounds like you’ve worked that out correctly and yes, looks like you’re just a few weeks short. I’m not really sure what Centrelink would do in this case but unfortunately I can imagine they’re probably pretty inflexible. Definitely worth asking them the question though! Fingers crossed!

      Also – did you do ANY work at all before this job? Parental Leave Pay doesn’t require you to be in the same job the whole time. Even if you did a days work in the 8 weeks before you started the job in September it could count. Any self-employment or freelance work as well.

      Sorry that I didn’t have some better news for you. Take care x

  8. Hi,

    I just want to get your opinion on our situation.

    My wife recently moved into a new job and we don’t know if she is eligible for centre link payment (18 wks pay). Given that she is less than 1 year prior her expected date of delivery?

    Below is the date of employment :
    Feb 2014 to May 7 2017 – 1st employer ( full time)
    May 15,2017 to Present – 2nd employer ( full time)
    Expected Due date : April 2018.

    I know there is clause in centre link page that says “ have worked 10 of the 13 months before the birth or adoption of your child, and
    330 hours in that 10 month period “

    But I also saw this statement – you are eligible if “ have worked for their employer for at least 12 months” which is coming from this link -https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/maternity-and-parental-leave

    Question is, are we eligible or not? 

    Thanks!!!!
    Regards,
    chin

    • Hi Chin,

      Thanks for your question and congratulations.

      To answer your question … yes, looks like your wife will meet the work test for Paid Parental Leave. So, as long as she meets all the other criteria, you should be right. It doesn’t matter how many employers you’ve worked for – it just matters that you meet the ’10 out of 13 month rule’ and the ‘330 hours rule’.

      Now – the issue is that the statement you read on the Fair Work site refers to a person’s entitlement to Parental Leave from their employer. Not to be confused with the government’s 18 weeks of pay, this is the LEAVE that you’re entitled to take after the birth of a child. It is 12 months of leave (often unpaid, unless the employer has a paid leave scheme too) and the right to return to the same job, conditions and pay as when you left. Basically the employer has to leave the job open for you to return in 12 months time.

      So even though your wife may be eligible for the Government’s Parental Leave Pay – she falls a month short of being entitled to take the 12 months off work from her employer. Perhaps this isn’t an issue if your wife isn’t planning to return to work but if she is, she will have to chat to her employer. Many will be happy to negotiate this and they may still let her take this maternity leave.

      I hope this make sense. Please feel free to ask if you have further questions or need something clarified.

      All the best!

  9. Hello,
    I work part-time 30 hours per week.
    I finished work on the 8th of September 2017 to start my maternity leave. My baby was born on the 25th of September 2017.
    I will be on maternity leave until June 2018.
    I have worked for my employer for 2 years with no leave longer than a 2 week annual leave per annum while working for this employer.
    Centrelink approved me for paid parental leave however I have received a letter saying $5600 has been sent to my employer for my paid parental leave entitlement.
    Why only $5600? This is not the full 18 weeks I should be entitled to?
    I’ve tried calling Centrelink but can never get through.

    • Hi Amy! Congrats on your new baby! Very exciting time.

      With PPL everyone who is eligible gets the full amount, so I imagine that what’s happened is that they’ve just paid enough for the first installments – depending on when your usual pay cycle is. As the employer is to dole it out bit by bit they probably don’t give them the full amount in one go.

      Hope this helps! Take care!

  10. Hi Bub Hub,

    I’m stuck in a real pickle! I am due on 18 February 2018 with my 3rd Bub.

    I was currently employed for the last 4 years until 14 September 2017, working full time.

    Now I have spoken to 4 different people from Centrelink who have all given me different information.

    All I want to know is if I return to work next week (after having 3 weeks off being unemployed) just working 1 hour a week until January, should I still be entitled to the paid leave?

    I have already worked over 900 hours but I am just needing the 10 months from 13. They say they classify a working day as long as you have worked 1 hour – can you see any problems with me working 1 hour a week for the next until late December?

    • Hi Cassie!

      Yeah – that is a pickle. How confusing to get so many different answers from Centrelink. It’s a good idea – if you’re not already – to document these and write down who you talked to, when you talked to them and exactly what they said.

      As far as I can see if you go back to work — even if it is just one day a week — you should still be eligible.

      To me, you will:

      – meet the 10 month criteria
      – meet the 330 hours criteria
      – have not had more than an 8-week gap between two consecutive work days.

      Of course, I’m not from Centrelink and I’d hate you to miss out on something because of my advice. So unfortunately you’re going to have to try getting a straight answer from them. I’d be confident though.

      I’m interested to know if anyone from Centrelink told you that you wouldn’t be eligible and what their reason for this was.

      Hope this helps!

  11. Hi Bub Hub,
    Thanks for the great article. I’m currently on hold to Centrelink so wondering if you could shed any light on my question. I am 14 weeks pregnant and I work currently as a sole trader. I meet all of the requirements for the paid parental leave however, I’m considering purchasing a business. I am wondering, would I still be eligible for the paid parental leave if the business is bringing in income while I’m on leave?

    • Hi Ris! Thanks! And congrats on your pregnancy!

      I’m sorry that I haven’t replied more quickly. I imagine that you’ve probably got your answer and you’re no longer on hold, seeing as though it is now more than 12 hours later – although I have heard wait times are pretty long!!! 😉

      Anyways – if you’re working for yourself running a business you cannot do the usual day to day stuff or ‘actively run’ the business. You are able to do occasional tasks required to, what they call, ‘keep an eye on things’. There’s more info here on what they consider these tasks to be: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/keeping-touch-your-workplace-while-receiving-parental-leave-pay

      I’m not too sure about what happens while the business is generating an income. I would suppose that you cannot technically draw a ‘pay’ for yourself out of that incoming money though. I’d be interested to hear what Centrelink has advised you… when you get off hold of course! Hang in there 😉

  12. Hello, my first baby is due on March 17 next year. I am a Police Officer in Western Australia. I’ve printed off all the information regarding my leave from the Police info hub, and spoken to my Senior officers about it. We are only entitled to 14 weeks PPL. Why is this? Your article states that in Australia we receive 18 weeks? I’m a bit confused.

    Thanks

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

      I’m thinking that your employer offers their own Parental Leave Pay scheme which gives you 14 weeks of paid leave. Which is awesome! Not many employers do offer this. All Australian workers are entitled to take 12 months of leave (unpaid) after the birth of a baby (provided they’ve worked with their employer for at least 12 months). Some employers offer some paid leave to help fund this, many don’t.

      So to help fund that time off you can access your work’s Paid Parental Leave of 14 weeks and you CAN still apply for the Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme – 18 weeks at the minimum wage. If you’re eligible you can receive this as well as your work scheme. Which would be 32 weeks.

      Hope this helps! Take care x

  13. Hi there,
    I just wondering if both mother and father can claim parental leave from work ? I plan on being the primary carer once my wife goes back to work properly 12/14 weeks after baby arrives. My wife gets 6 weeks paid parental leave from her work and I can get 10. But my work is saying this if my wife takes her leave I am unable to take mine. Is this so thanks for you time.

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

      As far as I know, paid parental leave from work is subject to individual agreements/contracts etc so they can, for want of a better word, do what they want. It does seem a little mean-spirited though.

      You are certainly entitled to take leave (unpaid) of 12 months each (not at the same time but including 8 weeks at the same time) but when it comes to paid leave I think it is up to the company. https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/maternity-and-parental-leave/taking-parental-leave

      However, if I was you I’d be ringing Fair Work Australia (phone 13 13 94) to see exactly what they say. I personally don’t know too much about employer-funded parental leave so it would be best if you double checked. Hopefully I’m wrong and you can do as you’ve planned.

      Also, have you checked your eligibility for the Government’s Paid Parental Leave? You can take the government’s pay and your employers. If your wife is eligible she may be able to then transfer the remaining amount (if she returns to work before the 18 weeks of PPL are up) to you.

      Hope this helps. All the best!

  14. Hi Bubhub,
    With the paid parental leave work test can you chose any of the 13 months leading up to the birth to count as your hours or if you work for 12 months does it have to be the 10 directly before you take leave to have the baby? I am due in mid May. I was working 11-15 hours per week from March-August. I have recently changed jobs and now am working 5 hours per week. If I can include the period where I was working 11-15 hrs from June-August I have calculated I will accrue the 330 hrs by the time I have the baby. However if I have to include the 10 months directly before time off to have the baby I may not qualify and need to pick up some more hours.
    Thanks

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

      The answer is that you can chose any 10 month period within that 13 months. It doesn’t have to be the 10 months directly before your due date. So if you’ve reached that 330 in the 10 months earlier in the 13-month period you should still be eligible.

      All the best x

  15. Thanks for the great article.

    I’m self employed and earn about $50k per year. Am I able to claim the Paid Parental Leave and does it matter how much my husband earns? He is making $150k per year and will only be taking the 2 weeks off.

    • Hi Nico, Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      When applying for Paid Parental Leave you only need to take into account your own income. It does not matter how much your husband earns. Other family payments – such as Family Tax Benefit A and B – look at the ‘family’ income, however, but PPL only looks at the income of the person applying.

      You don’t have to be working full-time to be eligible – so self-employed people can certainly apply. You do need to meet the ‘work test’ however and the other criteria (residency etc) of course.

      Thanks again. All the best x

      • Hi Nico,

        That is not true, Centrelink does take the husbands or partner’s income into consideration.

        I have just received a letter from centrelink to say I do not qualify because our JOINT income is just over $150k pa

  16. Hi bubhub,

    I was wondering does the 2 weeks my partner is entitled to on dad and partner pay affect the 18 weeks I’m entitled to on paid parental leave? I was sure I read somewhere that if he takes two weeks DaPP that i will only be left with 16 weeks PPL!

    Thanks in advance

  17. Dear Hubhub,

    I’m 30 weeks pregnant now due date is 13 Nov 2017. I have been full time working till 20th June 2017 since when I started as unpaid leave due to work related injury and I’m in the process of claiming Work Compensation. I’m not sure if this means I wont meet the 10 months requirement ? In addition, my income for FY 2017 ( June 16 – June 17 ) has exceeded 150k , but as I have been unpaid leave from June 2017, my income for this FY is less than 150k. Is the income threshold here referring to previous year’s income ( FY 2017 ) ? or it is the current FY ? Many thanks

    • HI Sydney. Thanks for your question and congratulations on your pregnancy.

      I’m not 100 per cent sure about the question regarding worker’s compensation. The Centrelink website does say this: “Periods of workers’ or accident compensation or similar payments related to employment can also count as work.” But they don’t specify whether it counts if it is unpaid? So I’m afraid you’d still have to double check this.

      Centrelink will look at your income for the 2016/17 financial year so you may not be eligible if you’ve earned more than $150,000. This is individual income, though, not family income.

      Sorry I couldn’t have given better news!

      Take care!

    • Hi InUSA!

      Thanks for your question! Working overseas can count towards the work test. I’m not exactly sure of the details and what they might ask you to provide as proof etc. so you should still check with Centrelink about that.

      All the best x

  18. I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant , with due date expected to be on 15/11/2017. and I had resigned from my full time work on 5/7/2017 and went back to my hometown for holiday for 3 weeks and 2 weeks jobless in Australia. Recently I had a casual job on 16/8/2017 and 17/8/2017 but have just quit my job. Between November 2016 to December 2016 I had also took unpaid leave to go overseas for 5 weeks. I definitely have no 8 weeks gap in between my 2 working days from 15/10/2016 to 17/08/2017(10 months out of 13months) . But I’m not sure whether I have to take out 10 weeks (5 weeks unpaid leave + 5 weeks out of job) out of that 10 months.

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

      I think that you’re OK as long as the time of unpaid leave doesn’t exceed 8 weeks at one time. You don’t have to take out those 10 weeks. You do need to make sure that despite that time off you’ll still meet the 10 months and also the 330 hours of work within that 10 months (that does equate to about one day a week so it isn’t a lot).

      Hope this helps! Take care x

  19. I’m a casual teacher and due early Feb 2018. Casual work usually dries up early december, so i’ll be without work for approx 8-12wks before baby is born .
    I will have meet the hours criteria 330hrs + and have worked 10 consecutive months (feb-early dec), but not sure if this meets the criteria 10 of the 13 months before the due date. Does it have to be the 10months directly before birth or any 10month block in the 13months before??? confusing

    • Hi lis!

      Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. Unfortunately I am a bit confused about this rule as well.

      So the exact wording on the Centrelink site is: 330 hours in that 10 month period, which is just over 1 day a week, with no more than an 8 week gap between 2 consecutive working days.

      To me, that means that the 8-week gap cannot be in that 10-month period. And that if you’ve completed that 10 month period then it should be OK to have a longer break after it – as it is in your case.

      However, that is my interpretation and I’d hate to give you bad advice. Especially bad advice that cost you thousands of dollars!! I’ve just never gotten a straight answer about this.

      So please clarify this with Centrelink (and record all the details of the conversation too – what they say, who says it etc).

      And if you do get a clarification I’d love it if you could come back to let us know! Thanks – sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

      All the best x

  20. Hi,

    My Question is about whether or not people who are self employed are eligible for paid maternity leave through the government?

    I am a contractor with Mission Australia and work as an early childhood educator.

    any insight would be great as my partner and I are planning to start trying in January 🙂

    Kind Regards
    Sharna

  21. Hi!

    I am expecting a baby on January 24th, 2018 however my paid maternity with my employer is 2 years.

    I will have been with my employer 2 years on February 26, 2018.

    If I were to take unpaid annual leave from 12th of January until 1st of March, would I then be able to apply for paid maternity leave through my employer?

    or would I still not be eligible as my baby was born within the ineligible period?

    • Hi K! Congrats on your pregnancy. And thanks for your question.

      I’m not really sure about what exactly you mean. Does your employer only offer PAID maternity leave to those who have worked there for two years?

      If that is the case then I’d still approach them about what you can do in your situation. As far as I know, because this is a company policy, it is up to the company. If you aren’t quite meeting that two-year period I would hope there is room for negotiation. I would certainly ask the question. My employer during my first pregnancy was happy to offer me maternity leave (although, unpaid in this situation) even though I had only worked there for 10 months. They were happy to hold my job for me etc while I took the 12 months off to be with my new baby.

      It isn’t quite the same as applying for the government’s Parental Leave Pay – where you’re either eligible or not eligible, and not up for negotiation.

      Hope that makes sense. If I’ve misunderstood your question, please write back to clarify!

      All the best!

  22. Hi,

    My questions relates to the means tested aspect of PPL. My baby is due to December. For the previous financial year (2016-2017) my total salary was more than $150k however for this current financial year it will be below $150k. . Will I be eligible for PPL or not?

    Thanks in advance.

    • HI Greti,

      Thanks for your question and congratulations on your pregnancy.

      Unfortunately I don’t think you will be eligible based on your income. Even if you delayed your claim until July (you have up to a year to claim and receive PPL) to fall into the next financial year they will still refer back to the 2016-17 year’s income as it says this on their site:
      “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

      Sorry that I didn’t have better news for you. Please still double check this with Centrelink as I’m not affiliated with them and I’d hate you to miss out if you were entitled and I was wrong.

      Take care!

  23. Hello,

    My partner and I are trying to finalise his dad and partner pay by adding the proof of birth to his claim, but we cant find an option to do this! Do we have to go in to Centrelink to do this, or is it automatically added since I have submitted it with my paid parental leave claim?

    Thank you for any help 🙂 Trying to avoid calling them!

    • Hi Shan! Congrats to your and your partner on your new baby.

      Sorry though, I’m not too sure about the process. But I did see this on the form – if your partner is claiming Parental Leave Pay or a family assistance payment and
      lodges proof of birth for the child for their claim, we will also use this proof of birth for your Dad and Partner Pay claim.

      So I would say that because you’ve done it already, then they don’t need it again.

      Hope this helps! All the best!

  24. Hi,I am currently 31 weeks pregnant and currently received a letter from Centrelink that my Parental leave pay has beef assessed and it is said that it will be delivered to me☺️ As I have read some of the articles it said that the PPL can be paid through my employer or directly to me. Just wanna ask this one since I am now planning to resign from my job after I a few weeks after I give birth since I want to focus on taking care of my baby,my question is how may I able to ask the government to pay to me directly the PPL and are there any requirement for that?. Thanks a lot in advance for your answer ☺️

    • Hi Kling! Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. I am not very sure about when and how it is decided who will pay your PPL. I have a feeling that it may be somewhere on the original application. So I guess now that your application has been assessed, it is set up as though your employer will pay it.

      You should be able to contact Centrelink and change that. You don’t have to receive it through your employer – especially if you intend to resign. There are things that your employer needs to do to set up the PPL though and if you’ve received a letter, they might have received one too. The ball might have already started rolling.

      Hope this helps. All the best!

  25. Great article thank you. Just wondering if it is ok to join an MLM business as a sole trader while on leave. I understand that you need to earn 20k before it stops being a hobby and pay tax. But if you don’t earn near this amount is it possible to do?

    • Thanks Danielle! We are very surprised at how popular this post has grown – glad you’ve found it helpful.

      I am sorry though that I have never really found out the answer to your question. I would think that it would count as ‘work’ even if the tax office doesn’t tax your income from it. I’m really not sure though. So I’m afraid this is one for Centrelink to clarify. If you do get some clarification we’d love it if you came back to let us know what they’ve advised. You also might be able to get some answers from parents who might have done this themselves, by asking a question in our forum: https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

      Hope you find some answers! All the best!

      Thanks!!

  26. Just wondering if I have already taken 12 months leave, can I be flexible with my return date for example, can I say that I will return after 15 months? If I do, does my employer still have to keep my job open and do they still have to offer me the same position and pay?

  27. Hi, My estimated due date is on 27th February 2018 and I am being made redundant on 27th November 2017. If I go off of the eligibility requirements this means I would have worked for my employer for exactly 10 months before the baby is born (although I have worked for my company for 11 years) which makes me eligible for the parental paid leave. But what if the baby is over due? I can’t control if the baby goes over it’s estimated due date so my question is, is the eligibility requirements based on the “estimated due date” given by my obstetrician? Will I need to provide a letter or documents to centrelink as proof? I’m just worried that I’ve technically covered my 10 months requirements but if the baby is over due by a few days then I don’t want to miss out on the parental paid leave.

  28. Hi, Myself and my partner are expecting our first baby on new years day 2018. We are currently on a 457 visa but our application for PR sponsored through my company is in but I think it will be close as to whether it is processed before the birth. If the application is processed after the birth of our little girl, would we still be able to apply for PPL? Or do we need to be permanent residents at the time of the birth?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Johnny5. Congrats on your baby-to-be. Will be an exciting New Years for you guys!

      I am afraid thought that you need to be eligible at the time the baby comes into your care, so if the 457 visa means that you’re ineligible (sorry I don’t know enough about visas to comment more on this) then you wouldn’t be apply afterwards. Please double check this with Centrelink though!

      Hopefully it all processed with plenty of time. Fingers crossed. All the best!

    • Hi Johnny 5.***
      I went through this. WARNING!!!
      I was pregnant and my son was born all on a 457 visa. we got PR a few months later and only then applied for PPL (which the person in Centrelink told me to do!)
      My application was approved and I received payments via work dated from when our PR came though.
      BUT a word of warning. At the end of my PPL they looked at my claim again for some reason, and realized that because my son was BORN while I was on the 457, even though I didn’t claim until we got PR, they said the original application was now overridden and rejected!
      Leaving us in debt with Centrelink of a scary amount of money!
      I’m still paying it back after contacting their debt collection department.
      It’s been tough, but watch out!!!!

  29. Hi iam in bridging PR now, applied on Feb 2017. Iam granted bridging visa subclass A (skilled independent). I would like to know whether Iam eligible for PPL?? I meet all the other criteria like the work hours etc. Iam eligible for medicare, but am I for PPL?

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

      I’m not too sure about the different types of VISAS sorry. If a bridging visa is a temporary visa I’m not sure that you would meet the requirements. There looks like there are a few temporary visas that are permitted but I don’t think yours is one of them.

      Here is more info:
      Residence rules

      To get Parental Leave Pay, you must satisfy residence rules. When your child is born or adopted you must be living in Australia and either:

      have Australian citizenship
      hold a permanent visa
      hold a Special Category visa, or
      hold a temporary visa, such as a partner provisional, interdependency or temporary protection visa

      I am sorry that I couldn’t be of more help. If I were you I would definitely check this with Centrelink. All the best x

      • Thankyou, I have been trying to contact centerlink and its making me crazy. They put me hold, connect to different departments , keep me hold for more than one hour and then they cut the call. Its been happening for three days.
        But thankyou for your information

  30. Hi there, great info – thank you!

    To confirm, if I am on maternity leave and receiving part time income from my employer – can I also receive the PPL to top up my wage at the same time as receiving a salary?

    Or can PPL only be received after the mat/annual leave is used up?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Sam.

      Thanks for your question! And your compliment. Awesome – we are happy to help!

      We have long wondered about this but I have found this info on the government’s website today:
      You can take your payment before, during or after any paid or unpaid maternity or parental leave, or other employer funded leave entitlements such as annual leave or long service leave.

      So I guess you can receive it at the same time to top up your mat/annual leave.

      Thanks!

  31. Hi,
    My baby is due in September, and I meet the work requirements for the paid parental leave. If I lose my job during the time I am receiving the 18 weeks of payments (due to the nature of the uncertain industry I work in), will I continue to receive the remaining government payments even though I am no longer employed?

    • Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for your question and congratulations on your pregnancy.

      The good news is that if you lose your job after your baby is born, this will not affect your government payments. They are not reliant on your job in the future, only that you’ve worked in the past.

      Hope this helps. Take care x

  32. Hi I’ve recently found out I was pregnant and wanted to know if it is just my income that is tested or is it mine and my husbands income tested as one to be under the 150,000 threshold?

    • Hi Nichola, Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. It is just your income that is income-tested for Paid Parental Leave. For other payments after the baby is born, they use the ‘family income’ but not for Parental Leave Pay.

      All the best!

  33. Hello,
    I had my first baby in March and am currently on unpaid maternity leave (receiving parental leave from Centrelink) and I’m due to return to work in February. We are looking to have a second baby next year. Do I need to pass the same work requirements to be eligible for another lot of paid parental leave? ie work 10 of the last 13mths?

    • Hi Sharon! Congrats on your new baby. Not sure new anymore I suppose. It does go quickly!

      To be eligible you DO have to meet those requirements again. If you have received Parental Leave Pay within those 13 months you can count it – but you can’t count periods of unpaid leave. And you can’t have more than eight weeks of unpaid leave between two working days. So I don’t think this helps you at all.

      So with so many unknowns it is hard to say what your options are. It depends on when your Parental Leave Pay period ends and when you get pregnant again – and the exact date you’ll return to work in Feb. If you’ve only just started your Parental Leave Pay in July for instance, it would end in October and then you’d have about 12 or so weeks before you return to work in Feb (which is more than eight weeks off so you wouldn’t be eligible).

      It looks like to be eligible you’d have to fall pregnant in March or april (depending on exact dates) to meet the 10 month requirement.

      I do know that if you return to the same employer you don’t have to serve out another 12 months to be entitled to maternity leave though (unpaid 12 months off work).

      Hope this helps! All the best

  34. Hi, my baby’s due in October and I got confirmation that my parental leave pay will be paid thru my employer starting from October- as I want to keep working till the very end.
    My question is can I go overseas during my paid parental leave. I want to go in December and stay for a couple of months (3 to 4 months). Will this stop my payments or they will continue to come? If they stop can I continue to get them once I’m back? Or can I change the date for the start of payments for after my trip. As it would be still inside of 56weeks period.

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

      If you’re a citizen or permanent you should be able to leave the country temporarily and continue to receive payments – as long as you remain eligible while you’re away (ie. you don’t start working again etc).

      Looks like you should probably notify Centrelink though as it is for more than six weeks.

      There’s more info on this page: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/parental-leave-pay-while-travelling-outside-australia

      Have a read of that and see what you think. When you do contact Centrelink make sure you take very careful note of what they tell you, when they tell you and who tells you. Better to be safe than sorry.

      Hope this helps. Take care x

      • Thank you so much for your prompt reply and the wishes.

        Yes I am a permanent resident and did read thru this link. And what I could gather was that I need to notify the duration of my trip before I leave or any other change in circumstances. I’ll have to ring them and clarify all the timeframes.

        Can you please also guide, what does my employer now needs to do in order to receive payments from Centrelink? now that I have received a letter confirming my reference no.
        I have notified my employer and that I need maternity leave for a couple of months (4 to 5 months atleast) and have put in a claim at Centrelink.

  35. Can my wife claim parental pay if she works for a family business but doesn’t get paid? She is a stay at home mum but would satisfy the work hrs working for he parents business.

    • Hi! Thanks for your question. Centrelink is a little vague on this one. You are able to meet the ‘work test’ for PPL if you work for a family business but it says this on their website: If you work for a family business, you can include your hours of work even if the business doesn’t make any income, provided you are working for financial gain or benefit.

      So I’m not really sure how that applies in your situation but hopefully it has helped you somewhat.

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

  36. Hi Bubhub,

    I’m pregnant with baby number 2, due September and just wanted some clarification and questions answered.
    From what I’ve read I’m entitled to PPL from the government and from my employer.
    I want to find out more information about employer funded leave entitlements. As far as I can see I am entitled to both PPL from my employer and from the government?
    Are you able to clear things up for me? Is this the case?
    If yes, do you know what the minimum wage is for the employer to have to pay?
    Any information you have will help greatly!
    Thanks

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

      You certainly are able to take both the PPL and employer-funded leave if you’re eligible. And if your employer offers paid maternity leave. Many don’t and they’re not obliged to. The only obligation they have is to offer 12 months of unpaid maternity leave to eligible employees.

      The PPL is at the minimum wage – currently $695 before tax (July 2017). However, the employer-funded leave, if they offer it, is not a standard amount, it depends on your individual contract or award. Usually though it is the same amount as your pay – and some employees give you the change to spread it out – for example, they offer three month of pay but you can take it over six months, at half pay.

      It is best to talk to your HR manager or employer about your individual contract and maternity leave.

      Hope this helps! All the best!

  37. Hi,
    I hold Australian PR and have been working full time since October 26th 2016 and my current work contract ends on Aug 18th 2017. I am expecting my first baby in september 2017. I am not sure if I qualify for the 10 month period. Could you please let me know if i have to work till end of August to qualify for this? (FYI i am eligible as per all other terms, just not sure if I need to complete 10 months or just entering 10th month is fine).

    Thanks,
    Harika

    • Hi Harika!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment. Congrats on your pregnancy!

      I am afraid I don’t know too much about this. I would say that usually you would have to work till the end of August (the 26th) to meet that 10 month requirement but it is difficult when your contract ends on a certain date. It is only one week! I would definitely still apply and see what they say.

      Also … did you do ANY work before October 26 2016? Because it doesn’t matter if your work was all for the same employer or was full-time/casual/part time. You just have to have been working. If you did work before October 26 then you’ll have nothing to worry about.

      Hope it works out for your. All the best!

  38. Hi,
    I’ve been reading so many of the questions posted here and as much as they have covered I’m still abit unsure about what I’m after. I have had my son 6 months ago and I applied parental leave pay and family tax benefits. We did it through my husband as he’s the primary worker and a Australian citizen. I am still on a bridging visa awaiting my PR so not eligible for any assistance yet. Now my question is, can my husband apply for the parental leave pay as he has been working for the last 3 years full time and earns less then the threshold.

    • Hi Mona, Thanks for your question and congratulations on your new baby.

      I am afraid that I don’t think your husband would be eligible for Parental Leave Pay. The primary carer CAN transfer the parental Leave pay but only if they were eligible themselves. As you were the primary carer and were not eligible at birth then you cannot transfer it to your husband. Your husband can’t apply on his own as he was not the primary carer. Also he would have to be not working from the time the baby was born.

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

  39. Hi , i just find out that i am pregnant . And i being working with my employer since december last year . I am working as full time employee and i am dur next year feburary. So i am bit confused if i still get paid maternity leave from centerlink if i will take leave from my work near janurary next year

    • HI Adi, Congratulations on your pregnancy.

      Thanks for your question. There are quite a few things you need to be aware of when seeing if you are eligible for the government’s Parental Leave Pay. One of those things is the work test though and by what you’ve said above you should meet that work test. You need to have worked for 10 out of the 13 months before your due date. And you will have done that if you finish up in January next year.

      There are also a few other criteria to meet. You need to be an Australian resident and your baby has to be born in Australia. You can’t earn no more than $150,000 a year.

      Hopefully you’ll be eligible. All the best x

  40. Hi. I have lots of annual leave and long service leave owing. Am I able to take that at half pay and supplement it with the government paid leave?

    • Hi Sarah! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. I find the Centrelink site quite vague on this but I found this on the Fair Work Australia website: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/templates-and-guides/best-practice-guides/parental-leave

      It says: Parental Leave Pay is taxable and can be received before, after, or at the same time as existing entitlements, such as annual leave, and employer-funded paid parental leave.

      It sounds to me that you can take your annual leave and long service leave at the same time as the Government’s Parental Leave Pay – HOWEVER … please check this carefully with Centrelink. Make sure you record exactly when and what they say, and who says it!. And please if you do get a definitive answer I’d love to know what it is!

      Take care x

  41. Hi just a question here. I started work 9 Jan 2017. My baby is due 8 Feb 2018. I work around 20-25 hours a week. I’m planning to resign 14 November. Can I get paid parental leave even though my baby is not due for 12 weeks after I resign? Do I have to work up until 8 weeks before the birth to be eligible? Also I took 3 weeks holiday off during the middle of my 10 month period. It was unpaid. Do I have to subtract those 3 weeks from my 10 months?

    • Hi New Mama! Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy!

      Tough questions! And to be honest there are quite a few grey areas that I’ve never gotten a straight answer about.

      So the rule is that you can’t have more than 8 weeks between two working days within that 10 months/13 months period. But I’ve never really gotten a conclusive answer as to whether or not this applies if you’ve met the 10 month minimum and you take extra time off before the birth. Originally I interpreted it as meaning that you have to work up until 8 weeks before the due date but I have heard others claim this isn’t true.

      So, long story short, I don’t really know. So you’ll have to clarify with Centrelink (make sure you record exactly when and what they say, and who says it!). And please if you do get a definitive answer I’d love to know what it is!

      Same with your last question. I would say that you would not have to worry about these three weeks as you’d meet the 330 hours requirement and it isn’t more than 8 weeks between two working days. But again, please double check this with Centrelink as I’m not sure and would hate to see you miss out!

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

  42. “Who is eligible for Parental Leave Pay?
    – 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 an 8-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.”

    Can you please clarify if the work needs to be for the same employer or if changed position within the 13 months with only 1 week gap still qualifies?

    • Hi Emma!

      Thanks for your question and thanks for reading!

      I can clarify that the work does NOT need to be with the same employer to meet the work test for Parental Leave Pay.

      However, if you have not been with your employer for very long you might not be entitled to take maternity leave, which is the actual time off work (12 months) and the guarantee to return to the same position when you return. Generally only employees who’ve worked for a employer for 12 months are eligible. Your employer can still allow you to take maternity leave, even if you haven’t been there for 12 months but it is up to them and they’re not obliged to if you haven’t been there for 12 months.

      Hope I’ve explained that well enough. There’s more about this in this article if you’re interested: https://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/maternity-leave-entitlements-in-australia-parental-leave/

      Thanks and all the best!

  43. Hey we have just found out that we are pregnant just wondering if my partner will receive the 18 weeks paid maternity as well as monies for her other child from centre link

    • Hi Bobby. Thanks for reading and congrats on your baby to be.

      There’s quite a few things to know when working out someone’s eligibility for Paid Parental Leave.

      Your partner will have had to have worked for at least 10 months out of the 13 months before the baby is born. She needs to have a taxable income less than $150,000 a year. The baby needs to be born in Australia and your wife needs to be an Australian resident.

      If she’s not eligible for the PPL she may be eligible for newborn supplement and upfront payment. If she already has another child she may already be receiving Family Tax Benefits. If she is she will be eligible for the newborn supplement.

      If she is eligible for Paid Parental Leave she can receive it as the same time as Family Tax Benefit A but not Family Tax Benefit B.

      Hope this helps. If you want to ask further questions, please do not hesitate to write again! All the best!

  44. Thanks for the comprehensive info Bubhub. I should inform you that the monetary amounts quoted are now out of date (I believe this changed as of 1 July ’17 following the minimum wage review by the Fair Work Commission). The new payment amount is $695 a week or $1390 per fortnight (gross).

    I have a question: I understand employer leave entitlements and Centrelink PPL can be used concurrently- see this from Centrelink website:

    You can take your payment before, during or after any paid or unpaid maternity or parental leave, or other employer funded leave entitlements such as annual leave or long service leave.

    Would you agree and/or do you have any understanding of whether an individual can be paid by the government/Centrelink for a period (say 2 weeks) at the same time as receiving paid leave (not parental, e.g. long service leave) from an employer?

    • Hi Hope! Thanks for the info. I’ve just spent the morning updating all the amounts so they should be up to date now!

      So, I’ve always been confused about how people are to access employer leave pay entitlements and PPL – I wasn’t sure how they could be accessed.

      But from what you’ve pasted there it looks like you are able to take them concurrently. And not just maternity leave but other leave pay they may be eligible for.

      I agree with what you say there. Do you mind sending me the link for the page where this appeared. I don’t think I’ve ever come across it. Unless it is something that’s been added in the past few days. I can see Centrelink is making some changes to its site at the moment.

      THanks!

  45. Hi Bub Hub Crew,

    Thanks for all your helpful information.

    I am currently overseas for research purposes. My baby was born in March this year while I was away. I have been on maternity leave since her birth from my Australian employer. My employer covered the first four months of leave. I am planning to come back to work this month. Basically I need to do a bit more work overseas before coming back to Australia in October.

    My question is: Can I claim PPL for the last 4 months of my daughter’s first year if I work part time between month 4 to month 8? Or could I retrospectively claim the first 4 months while I was overseas on maternity leave once I am back in Australia?

    I hope this makes sense!

    Thank you

    • Hi HH! Thanks for your question and congrats on your new baby!

      I am afraid though that you cannot claim PPL retrospectively nor are you eligible if you’ve worked since your baby was born. This is how they word it on the Centrelink site: (You need to) be on leave or not working from when you become the child’s primary carer until the end of your Paid Parental Leave period.

      I am sorry that I didn’t have better news for you!

      Take care x

  46. Hi, my partner works full time but he does not earn $150k per year, I have been permanent part time with my company for a year now and have only just found out I am pregnant so by the time I take leave I will be eligible time frame wise. My question is, does my partners income affect the government funded parental pay I will receive or will i be eligible for the full 18 weeks pay at $672.60 per week? thanks in advance.

    • Also, based on his salary, would we receive any help after this period in the way of family benefits etc? I ave no idea how any of this works….

    • Hi Melsie, Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question!

      Your husband’s salary is not taken into consideration when you apply for Parental Leave Pay so, if you meet all the eligibility criteria, you will receive the full 18 weeks pay.

      But, to answer your other question. Calculating Family Tax Benefit is a little tricky. The amount is calculated based on the family income (so your partner’s IS taken into account). You’ll also be asked to estimate what your family will earn in the current financial year. Is best to underestimate rather than overestimate if you’re not sure – because at tax time they’ll work out the proper amount and they will either owe you more, or you will owe them more!

      How much you receive will be based on your family income and the number of children you have. There is a maximum amount – $182.84 a fortnight for a child under 12 years of age – and if you earn about $52,000 a year or less you’ll get that maximum amount. If you earn more than that they start reducing the amount for each dollar over it that amount – with one child it looks like $99,000 family income is the cut-off.

      In my family we are eligible but close to the cut-off so we choose to receive our Family Tax Benefit as a lump sum at the end of the financial year rather than fortnightly. Might be a good option for you if your family income is closer to the higher end of the scale.

      It is quite confusing and specific so you might want to have a look here for more information: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/income-test-family-tax-benefit-part

      Hope this all helps! Take care x

  47. Hi I just wanted to know, I have just finished my PPL and want to know how much take home (after tax) I should get? So during the PPL Gross was $1345.00 a fortnight but I wanted to find out what the net income should be. I am not sure if I have been over charged tax whilst on leave.

    Thanks

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

      I am afraid that I don’t know a lot about the tax system and I am not sure there is a simple answer to your question. The amount of tax withheld would depend on a few things (Medicare levy, HELP debts, tax exemptions etc) so it might be different from one individual to another.

      If a person didn’t have HELP debts etc then according to this ATO calculator the tax withheld would be $148 – which is $1197 net income.

      https://www.ato.gov.au/Calculators-and-tools/Host/?anchor=TWC&anchor=TWC#TWC/questions

      Have a go yourself though – adding in your specific circumstances to see if the number is different.

      And if it is still too much I’d speak to your employer to see what their reasons are. If you’ve paid too much you’ll get it back in your tax return, which won’t be too far away.

      Hope this helps, come back if you have further questions. All the best x

  48. Hi .. My wife is pregnant and we are expecting a baby on 1st Jan 2018.
    She has been working full time from past 1 1/2 years and has not been well since few days.
    Due to the nature of her work and her medical condition she is considering taking early maternity break starting next week which is around 5 months before due date. Can she still apply for Maternity pay ? does she need to take any letter from GP about her current health and that she cannot work ?

    • Hi SK! Congrats on your baby-to-be! Sorry to hear that your wife is having troubles at the moment.

      If your wife is eligible for the Government’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme but unable to work because of pregnancy complications, then she should be able to still apply. She will need a letter from her doctor to say that she is unfit for work. She will also need a letter from her employer to say that, had it not been for pregnancy complications, she would have continued to work up until a time that would have satisfied the work test.

      There’s an example on this page: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/work-test-parental-leave-pay (you’ll need to scroll almost to the bottom).

      Hope this helps! All the best x

  49. Do you know if you can claim paid maternity leave (from employer) and paid paternal leave (from government)? I heard from my colleagues that you can do either or but not both.

    I have worked with my employer for almost three years so I definitely qualify for maternity leave but 4 months doesn’t seem like it’s enough time to be with the baby.

    • Hi! Thanks for your question!

      I wonder if you accidentally typed Paid Paternal Leave (as in for Dads) when you meant Paid Parental Leave … I am assuming you meant Paid Parental Leave. As the answer, if so, is yes! If your employer offers Paid Maternity Leave and you’re also eligible for the Government’s 18 weeks Paid Parental Leave, you can claim both of these – and take them one after each other.

      The government attempted to bring in a law which would mean you couldn’t claim both, but they were unsuccessful.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have further questions! All the best x

        • Hi Sophie!

          Thanks for your question. As I understand, you are only able to take one after the other. Although I have no personal experience in this so am not 100 per cent sure. Perhaps you could ask your question on our forum, as there would be more parents there who would have first-hand experience and will be able to help you. Here’s a link to our Family Finances forum section: https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

          Otherwise check with Centrelink and make sure that you take detailed notes about what they advise and who you talked to etc.

          And if you do get a definitive answer I’d love if you could come back to let us know so that we may be able to better help someone in your position in the future.

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

  50. Hi there. My workplace pays 10 weeks maternity leave, 5 when you leave and 5 when you return. I am currently receiving the government paid parental leave and was going to ask work if they could pay me the remaining 5 weeks now as I am struggling to cover my expenses on the Centrelink payments. Would this be ok it would it be considered work and hence effect my PPL? Thanks

    • HI Nicole! Congratulations on your new baby. And thanks for your question.

      I am afraid though that I really don’t know the answer to this one. I had the idea that you couldn’t receive both at the same time though so perhaps you might be best to wait AT LEAST until your 18 weeks of PPL is over. I would still have a conversation with Centrelink about this because technically you’re not working. If you do give them a call, make sure you document what they say exactly and who you speak with etc. Just in case. And if can, please come back to let us know so that you might help someone else in your situation.

      Sorry I didn’t have an answer for you. All the best x

  51. Hi there
    As I have worked at my job for over 5 years my employer will award me a parental leave bonus (being 8 weeks full pay). Am I still eligible to receive the paid parental leave from the government if I receive the bonus from my work? I earn well under the $150,000 threshold and am due in December, thanks

    • Hi there!

      Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. Thankfully, for people in your situation, the government never could pass that legislation stopping what they were calling ‘double dipping’.

      So this means that if you receive paid leave from your work you are still able to access the government’s Parental Leave Pay if you’re eligible. I am not sure how to best structure this – especially if your workplace pays it as a bonus or lump sum. It would be best to have a chat with Centrelink about this so they can advise on whether you can take both at the same time or one after another? Make sure you keep detailed notes about who you spoke with, when you spoke to them and exactly what they said to you. Just in case!

      All the best x

  52. Hi, I am on maternity leave from my full-time job, and will be receiving Paid Parental Leave until October. Am I able to do any small freelance jobs (separate to my full time work) either during my PPL period or after when I’m on unpaid leave (without affecting my eligibility for PPL?) When payment stops but I’m still on unpaid maternity leave it will be helpful if I can earn some money for the remaining few months before returning to my full-time job.

    • Hi Gemma,

      Congrats on your new baby and thanks for your question.

      I can say with certainty that you are not able to do any work while receiving Parental Leave Pay from the government. There are some exceptions but those are more relevant to small business owners or those who need to ‘keep in touch’ with their workplace. Doing small freelance jobs would not fit into these categories.

      However, once your Paid Parental Leave period is over you should be able to pick up any work you can – ALTHOUGH I would check out the specifics of your work contract (chat to HR if you can?) to make sure that it is allowed and that there would be no conflicts of interest etc. It is hard for me to comment not knowing more about the industry etc.

      But, it certainly won’t affect your government payment if you work once the 18 week period is over so I wouldn’t worry about that. But I would just err on the safe side with regard to your 12 months maternity leave to make sure you don’t breach your contract with your employer.

      Hope that helps. Come back if you have further questions.

      All the best x

  53. Is a grandparent eligible parental leave, my daughter is having her 3baby lives with us, has no outside help, my husband or myself will have 2 take time off to mind her 2 children while she’s having the baby also aftercare

    • Hi Nana. Thanks for your comment. Congrats on another grandchild!

      I’m afraid though that Parental Leave is only paid to the birth mother if she is eligible and can only be transferred from her to someone else if they are the primary carer of the child (and if the mother is eligible in the first place).

      If your daughter receives Family Tax Benefit Part A she’ll be eligible for the Newborn Upfront Payment and Supplement, but I’m afraid I am not sure there is anything you could claim.

      In any case it is best to talk to Centrelink with the details of your specific situation. I’m not sure how old your daughter is or what payments, if any, she already receives … so there are many specifics that they will be able to consider. Have a look at this page to see options for non-parent carers: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/support-non-parent-carers

      You may also be able to chat with your employers to see if they offer any ‘family leave’ to allow you to take some time off.

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

  54. hi, question, I am not sure though if I am on the right space to ask.. i got a baby who’s 6mos old now. the pr visa is on process at the time she was born (we were on temporary visa) We were just granted now, am I eligible for backdating the paid leave via centrelink?

    • Hi Marian! Congrats on your new baby and thanks for your question.

      If you meet all the other criteria – the work test and income test etc – AND you haven’t worked since your baby was born, then I think you should definitely investigate this further.

      The residency requirement states that you must be a resident when your baby is born and according to this it does include temporary visa (I do not know enough about visas to know if this means all temporary visas, and I don’t know which one you were on, so I can’t answer conclusively)

      This is from their website:

      To get Parental Leave Pay, you must satisfy residence rules. When your child is born or adopted you must be living in Australia and either:

      have Australian citizenship
      hold a permanent visa
      hold a Special Category visa, or
      hold a temporary visa, such as a partner provisional, interdependency or temporary protection visa

      So based on that I would think there’s a possibility you would be eligible.

      Also, it wouldn’t be ‘backdating’ the payment as you’re able to apply for Parental Leave Pay up to 12 months after the birth. But you’ll only be paid up until the baby turns 12 months. So if you apply 4 weeks before your baby turns 1, you won’t be able to receive the full 18 weeks, you’ll only receive 4 weeks of pay, if that makes sense.

      Hope this helps somewhat. All the best x

  55. Hi
    I’m due to have a baby in 4 weeks. I have been working at my current workplace (cattle station) since may last year. I have been working on casual base and worked for sure more than 330hrs. 7 hours per week i work for my board and keep ( gets deducted from pay). Whatever i have worked more i get paid for it. I went on holidays (unpaid) from january 14th. Come back 4 weeks later. Worked for 2 weeks ( but only 14hours do didnt got paid for it). And went on holidays again gor another 6 weeks. When I got back I didnt work for 2 weeks due to illness. And I have worked since then until the end of this week.
    My question am I eligible or not cause counting from my first day of work 6th may. 10 months later is 6th of march. (But I didn’t got paid 7.5 weeks before that date- including 4 weeks holiday and 2 weeks work for board and keep)

    • Hi Lil,

      Thanks for your questions and congrats on your pregnancy. Not long to go now – how exciting.

      I’d definitely be putting in a claim if I were you – you can start your claim now online and finalise it when your baby is born.

      If you’ve worked 10 months out of the 13, which you have then you should be eligible. I would think that those weeks where you worked for board and pay still count as ‘work’ as you’re receiving something for that time worked, even if it isn’t money. I’m not sure how your employer documents this or what Centrelink would ask for though.

      So I would definitely if I was you, talk to Centrelink and start your application. It will be better to do it now rather than when you have a newborn to look after – as you might have to gather some paperwork to back up your work status.

      Hope this helps. Please come back to ask more question if you need to

      All the best x

  56. Hi just wondering what the rules are about receiving PPL and selling items on platforms such as Etsy. I’d like to make a bit of extra cash by selling a few handmade items but I’m unsure if i will be penalised by Centrelink for doing so.

    • Hi Lizzy85! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question!

      I am afraid though, that I’m not really sure about this one. I have had the question asked before but I’ve never been able to definitely find an answer.

      You might have to check with Centrelink and perhaps try asking on our forum too. There’s possibly a few people there who might be in a similar situation. Here’s a link: https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

      If you do get an answer please come back to let us know. You might be able to help someone else wondering the same thing (ie. me!)

      Thanks!

  57. What are our options once you have had the 18 weeks maternity leave paid out

    Are we entitled to any other payments or do we need to state that we are unemployed even though you aim to return in a few months time

    • Hi Sam! Thanks for your question.

      You might be eligible for Family Tax Benefits part a and b. You might also, depending on your circumstances, be eligible for Parenting Payment (rather than umemployment benefits). It is worth checking out although this is an income support payment for those without a regular income – I’m not sure if this is suitable for your family without knowing more about your personal circumstances.

      If you have further questions, let me know! All the best x

  58. Another eligibility question please: I started back at work on 10th Oct 2016 (been with same employer since 2008), after a year of maternity leave – with exactly 8 weeks plus 1 day unpaid leave at the end of that year (last Gov PPL date 14/8/16 with actual pay date of 18/8/2016). I am now due to have another baby – estimated due date 4th Aug 2017 – which is 1 week shy of 10 calendar month since return to work date. I will use annual leave right up to and beyond my due date, and a few weeks beyond, before requesting start date for Government PPL. So would I be technically ineligible for Gov PPL if only 1 week shy of 10 calendar months or would they be that specific about it? What if my baby arrived 1 week later? Thank you, Kate

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

      Sounds like it is all cutting it very fine! That must be quite stressful. It would be terrible to miss out because of a week (or even that 1 day!).

      I am not sure how strict they are really but you don’t complete your application until after your baby is born so if baby arrives late then you should have nothing to worry about. But that’s a long wait and I imagine you’ll need to plan before then – as well as set your mind at ease. To do this I am afraid you’ll just have to have a long conversation with Centrelink. Make sure you document everything they say, as well as who says it and when.

      If I were you I’d clarify the 8-week gap rule and when it starts. I’m thinking that as periods of Parental Leave Pay count as work in the work test then your 13 months starts in July and if it goes off your actual pay date (18/8/2016) then you wouldn’t have more than 8 weeks off. And you can use the first 10 months of the 13 months rather than the last 10 months. Which means you don’t have to worry about your due date and whether you’ll make the 10 months.

      Does that make sense? It is all very complicated and I’ve confused myself a little! Sorry! Check your dates again and see when exactly the 13 months starts and then approached Centrelink about that start dates – whether it is the GOV PPL Date or the Actual Pay Date…

      I hope you get the answers you want!! Take care x

    • Hi Patrick. Congrats on your new baby! Thanks for your question.

      There are quite a few variables at play here. Firstly, you need to check if your work has a paid paternity leave policy. They may allow you to take a certain number of days off as paid leave. Also you might be able to use another type of leave (annual leave, family leave) to fund some time off. If they don’t you should check out your eligibility for the Dad and Partner Pay. This will give eligible dads and partners two weeks of pay at mimimum wage to help fund time off from work. You still need to be approved for time off by your workplace – it must be unpaid leave if you want to apply for the Dad and Partner pay.

      That is just paid leave though. You are entitled to take off more time (unpaid). If you’ve been working for the same employer for at least 12 months you’re entitled to take 12 months of unpaid leave after the birth of the baby if you’re the main carer of the child or if your partner is unemployed and not on leave herself. If your partner IS on leave you’re entitled to eight weeks of unpaid leave at the same time as your partner’s leave.

      It does get a bit confusing so here is more information: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/maternity-and-parental-leave/taking-parental-leave

      Hope this helps! Come back to ask more questions if you have them! All the best

    • Hi Alex,

      If you’re eligible for the government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme you can only claim it once. You’ll be paid 18 weeks of pay at minimum wage and usually your workplace will pass on this in the usual pay cycle after accounting for tax and any other deductions you might have. You will not be able to do any work during these 18 weeks and will need to organise your time off with both jobs. Usually Australian worker are entitled to 12 months of leave (unpaid) if they’ve worked full time for the same employer for at least 12 months. Hope that makes sense. Please come back if you have further questions. All the best x

  59. Hi when does the 10 months in the 13 months have to fall? Is it the last 10 months?
    I have decreased work and am only working one day and if u take the last 10 months I won’t make 330 hours but if I take the first 10 months of the 13 months I have over 330 hours ..

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

      The 10 month can be anywhere within that 13-month period. So it sounds like, from what you’ve told me, that you should meet the work test for Paid Parental Leave.

      Only other thing is that you can’t have more than 8 weeks of unpaid leave in a row, but if you’re still doing at least 1 day a week that shouldn’t be an issue. Plus I am not entirely sure if that 8 weeks is within the 13-month period or just within the 10 months. So it may not apply to you in any case.

      Hope this helps. Take care x

  60. Hi,

    I am currently 23 weeks pregnant with Twins. I plan on finishing up with work at the end of July 2017 and do not plan on returning back to my current employer at this stage (so basically i am quitting!). I have currently worked for the same company for 11 years at full time. As the company i work for is quite small, is it possible for the government to pay my parental leave to me directly instead of though my current employer? I just dont want to have to burden them with having to set this up for me while im gone, and having to pass on the payments.

  61. Hi

    I have a question about the parental leave…I am due on the 29/09/17, so they would calculate from 28/8/2017.

    My full time employment employment ended on the 16th December 2016. I started contract work on the 6/2/2017, from then on I have an will work full time hours up until 2 weeks till delivery date. From those dates there is a 8 week gap. However this was during Christmas/New Year Season where many businesses are closed for a 3-4 week period.

    Has anyone experience this and had a waver.

    • Hi Barbara! Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. I haven’t heard of anyone receiving a waiver due to the Christmas/New Year period but I think you might still be OK as they specify that you can’t have a break of unpaid leave of MORE than 8 weeks. By my calculations yours was a little bit less than 8 weeks off. Unless my maths is a bit off today, which is entirely possible 🙂

      Hope it all works out! Take care x

      • Hi Barbara – I am pretty sure they calculate in weeks only, so yes that would include weekends. If you finished up work on December 16, then I think it would be worked out like this…

        Dec 23 1 week
        Dec 30 2 weeks
        Jan 6 3 weeks
        Jan 13 4 weeks
        Jan 20 5 weeks
        Jan 27 6 weeks
        Feb 3 7 weeks
        Feb 10 8 weeks

        And if you started back at work on February 6 then that is within 8 weeks and not more than 8 weeks.

        Does that sound right?

  62. Hi,
    This question may be too specific to my employment, but I was hoping someone may know;
    I am a teacher, currently on 12 months maternity leave and my ppl payments cease in July. I will still have until the end of the year on mat leave but will have no income coming in.
    My question is: would I be able to begin causal relief teaching at other schools, even though I am still employed to return to work next year?
    Thanks,
    Noni

    • Hi Noni! Congrats on your new baby!

      I do know that any work you do after your PPL payments cease will not affect those PPL payments (although you will have to make sure you’re taxed appropriately to cover you at tax time).

      However, I am not sure how it works though in your profession, whether you’d be able to do the casual relief work or whether it would be in breach of your contract. We have many teachers on our forum though and they would probably be better able to help you. Here is a link to our Family Finance section where you can ask your question anonymously. https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

      Also, have you investigated your eligibility for Family Tax Benefits? It isn’t much but it will help.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help, feel free to come back if you have further questions!

      Take care x

  63. Hi there,

    So the means test is based on the pregnant mother only? I am single but earn above the 150,000, which seems to mean I am ineligible, yet if I had a partner that earnt more than that and I didn’t I would be eligible, is this correct?
    Thanks

  64. Hi, Just wondering. I am 28 weeks pregnant and been working in the same place for the last 13 months and will be there for another 7 weeks and then taking 4 weeks annual leave prior to our baby being born. I only work 15hrs a week (was 20hrs but reduced due to tiredness). Would I be entitled to the full amount of maternity allowance or is it prorata based on hours worked?

    • Hi Kim! Thanks for your question on congrats on your pregnancy.

      The good news is that if you’re eligible for Parental Leave Pay (and it does sound like you will meet the work test) then you receive the full amount. For some people this may mean they receive MORE money each week than they were previously earning! It is a taxable amount though so you will lose some of the pay in tax.

      Hope this helps! All the best x

  65. Hi there, my wife is pregnant with our first child so we’re still working out everything, and are trying to figure out what paid parental leave we are entitled to claim.

    My wife earns above the $150K/annum mark, which I gather makes her ineligible to claim PPL, yet I myself earn less than $150K/annum. She gets paid purely on a commission basis, none of her pay is salaried, and she is treated as a casual employee so does not earn leave (annual leave, sick leave, … according to her contract she will be eligible for long services leave but when she is purely commission based we assume this LSL will essentially just equate to unpaid leave!). My assumption based on this is that she will get zero pay if she is considered the primary carer, yet I could claim PPL as our baby’s primary carer?

    FYI we are both permanent residents, having lived and worked in Australia for over 6 years, with no intention to leave for the foreseeable future.

    If I were to claim PPL and my wife was not working then national minimum wage would not be sufficient to cover our expected family living expenses. So I would only feasibly be able to become the primary carer after my wife was fit and able to return to work. Could I perhaps take 3 weeks initially when the baby is born, then return to work for 8-9 weeks until my wife was ready to return to work at which point I take the remainder of PPL available to me up to a maximum total of 18 weeks?

    I haven’t checked my company’s parental leave policy yet, but I think I remember previously reading that they would pay paternity leave for up to 3 weeks at full pay, yet they would pay maternity leave up to 3 months at full pay. I don’t remember the policy using the gender neutral primary and secondary carers in regard to parental leave. Is this gender discrimination of paternity leave vs maternity leave even legal in the modern era?

    • Hi Coops. Thanks for your question and congrats on your baby-to-be!

      Your question is quite complex. I am not sure that you’d be able to access the Parental Leave Pay as your wife needs to be eligible in the first place in order for her to be able to transfer it to you. There are circumstances were the mother is not ‘automatically’ the primary carer but I’m not sure what those circumstances would be. I am afraid you’ll have to ask Centrelink about this one.

      However that is just the government’s scheme. There is also your work’s scheme to consider. You are entitled to 12 months leave (unpaid) if you’re the baby’s primary carer (or 8 weeks at the same time as your partner) and if that was the case I would investigate whether your employer is able to pay the three months at full pay to you. Fair Work uses gender neutral terms when referring to the entitlements of workers so I would investigate this option further if I were you … Here’s some more info https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/maternity-and-parental-leave/taking-parental-leave

      Hope it all works out. Take care!

      • Thanks very much for the advice, I’ll try to track down a copy of my company’s Parental Leave policy, none of the HR policies are openly available so I’ll need to talk to the right people.

        Honestly I’m probably within my rights to take 3 months, but I’ll probably end-up wussing-out and only take 3 week, because I foresee taking 3 months being rather looked-down upon and would likely be a career limiting move.

        • Hi Coops! Thanks for coming back to say thanks. It is a shame that you feel the way you do, but I understand why you might. It is a sad reality that some people do look down on those who choose to prioritise the raising of children. You could test the waters still – your employers may be more open-minded than you think! In any case, best of luck with your new baby. take care!

  66. just letting people know, the online claim form details the work test as “Will you work for at least 8 hours every week between (Your 13month period to birth here)?” and i clarified with centrelink that “this is meant as an estimated equivalent within the 10 month period, as long as you don’t take more than an 8 week gap between 2 consecutive working days”.

    we were considering taking some Leave without pay prior to the baby to claim PPL on its birth and obviously can’t work up until birth, so this question seemed to be a complete fuck around of form writing…. seems obvious, but when their own links and website contradicts i really don’t trust them…

    • Hi Cam! Thanks for your comment. And congrats on your pregnancy.

      And yes, that all seems as clear as mud! It is no wonder people are confused and often caught out by this rule.

      I am baffled by the specifics of the eight-week rule. I know in most cases it is irrelevant but for those cases where it is an issue – it is important to know the exact rule.

      Thanks again. Take care x

  67. Hi , I joined work in 6 weeks after delivery .am i eligible for PLP from centrelink while my organization is already paying me for the 6 weeks

    • HI AA. Congrats on your new baby. If you’re eligible for Parental Leave Pay you are able to receive it even if you are receiving maternity leave pay from your work. I am not sure that you are able to receive it at the same time. If you’re receiving six weeks for work you might have to wait for those six weeks to end before you start to receive PPL from the government. Also if you return to work you won’t be eligible.

      There is more information on whether you’re eligible here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/eligibility-parental-leave-pay

      I hope this answers your question. All the best x

  68. Hello,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to all these questions.

    I’m due May 21st. I’m a contract worker in film and my last contract finished up March 17th. I have worked 1 day for 3hrs on April 23 since March 17th in my partners cafe. That 1 day means I have less than a 56 day gap. Does it matter that the 1 day was in an industry I don’t normally work in? The only reason I ask is that I can work a few days next week in my usual occupation if I need too. I’d prefer not to as it means 12+ hr days on my feet at 38 weeks pregnant. But I’d hate to miss out on the leave payment for a matter of 8 days… especially when I don’t have maternity leave.

    • Hi Danielle! Thanks! And congrats on your pregnancy!

      According to the Parental Leave Pay work test is doesn’t matter if your work is through multiple employers. So I would say that your one day of work in the cafe would be enough to maintain your eligibility. There’s more info on this page: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/work-test-parental-leave-pay

      You might need to make sure you have the paper work to back it up.

      Also – I am not exactly sure of the details of the eight-week rule. Not sure whether it means within the 10 months or within the entire 13 months. I’d love some clarification so if you do talk to someone from Centrelink (and I recommend you still do, as I am not an expert) I would love to hear what they have to say about this!

      Thanks! Take care x

  69. Hello, thank you for your informative article.

    I’m hoping you can help me with a query I have. I am a small business owner and I am the sole person running the business. I ceased working while on ppl, but some invoices from clients were paid into my bank account late (they were due before ppl commenced) and so fell into the parental leave pay period – would Centrelink see this as earning income during ppl, even though I did not work during that period?

    Many thanks in advance!

    Jen

  70. Hello, I found your website by chance and noted the activities on the comments has been really recent. Hats of to you and your team selflessly assisting others and I’ll like to thank you in advance.

    Here’s my situation.. Wife has been working full time and met the 13th month requirement and she decided to stop working altogether at the tail end of pregnancy. Baby is here with us now and she’s receiving the PPL payment.

    Shortly before she resigned she started a small servicing business. Whilst the income has been generally little $250 per week (and not every week) , started of as a hobby and to legally declare the income and issue invoices she started a personal ABN.

    Now fast forward with the PPL payment already in place and with no immediate plans to return to working employment, I’m just thinking whether would these income on her BAS statement affect the overall PPL.. Is this consider working? Without getting into details, this is almost automated in a sense she does not really work but this income is recurring in small amounts. Receipts for these amounts are issued and she completes her BAS with ATO every quarter with or without any income. My question is, would these income affect her existing PPL payment? Will is be classified as over payments? And whether we should cease operation for the time being. Its not a huge amount, and she’s still home with the baby.
    We know for a fact that everything is linked on myGov however, how does other women who owns businesses handle this? Yes the ABN belongs to her but she’s not technically working.

    • Hi Roger – congrats on your new baby and thanks for your gratitude in advance. It seems like there is a lot of confusion with Parental Pay and this blog post has really taken off! We are of course, happy to help!

      So with regard to your wife’s business (congratulations to her too, sounds like it is going well!) … I don’t think she can now be told that she’s been overpaid as Parental Leave Pay is based on your income in the previous year. If she was deemed eligible, then she is eligible.

      If she’s also receiving Family Tax Benefits though, she might want to be careful (they ask you to estimate your income and when tax is done at the end of the financial year you could be ask to pay it back if you’ve underestimated).

      The bigger issue with running a business while receiving Parental Leave Pay is that you are not supposed to work when you’re on leave. If you return to work, they can stop your payments. However, and I think this is relevant in your case, there are provisions for people who run their own businesses. As long as they are not returning to the day to day running of the business, they are able to do occasional tasks to ensure it remains operational. There is more information about this here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/keeping-touch-your-workplace-while-receiving-parental-leave-pay

      Hope this helps! All the best!

  71. Hi Bubhub, when I initially applied for ppl I was told by my employer that I would not receive any maternity leave or pay however they have since revised this so that they now top-up my ppl payments to match my usual monthly full time wage. Will I need to let Centrelink know of this change at all?

    • Hi FTM1. That’s awesome news! I don’t think this will affect your payment amount in any way but I think that you would have to let Centrelink know about this change. I am not entirely sure but I think you cannot receive both at the same time. You might have to receive your 18 weeks PPL then the top amount over the next 18 weeks. But I haven’t had experience in this myself so I’m not sure.

      Please let us know what happens – the info will certainly help others in your situation.

      All the best xx

  72. Hi there. Great article! If I work 32.5 hours a week for the first trimester then stop working, does that make me eligible for paid parental leave? (That’ll equal 390 hours total). Also we are kiwis living and working in Western Australia. If we move home during the second trimester or even closer to the third (after working my first trimester) and give birth in NZ, will I still be entitled?

    • Hi Kat! Thanks and congrats on your pregnancy. Very exciting times! And plenty more ahead.

      Unfortunately though, you wouldn’t be eligible for Parental Leave Pay from the government if you were to only work during the first trimester. As well as working for that amount of hours you also have to be employed for 10 out of the 13 months before your due date. You also cannot have a period of more than 8 weeks of unpaid work during that time.

      Also you are only eligible if you are ‘living in Australia’ when your baby is born. I imagine that this means that your baby must be born in Australia – BUT please check this with Centrelink as their definition of ‘living in Australia’ could be slightly different. They could be satisfied that you are living in Australia (have jobs here, have accommodation here) even if you’ve left temporarily to have your baby in NZ. I am not sure of the precise nature of this eligibility criteria and would love it if you could come back to clarify this after you’ve spoken to them. It might help someone else who is in your position also.

      Take care and all the best x

  73. Hi Bub Hub, hoping you can help me. I’ve read most of the questions and answers here so far however i have another question, since we found out we were pregnant last year (due in June) we’ve been cutting back on so much so we can try and save up as much as we can with my hubby so will these savings affect me getting the ppl from Centrelink? or will my hubby’s income affect it too? just trying to ascertain whether i will be eligible for ppl?
    thank you so much for your help or any information you can provide me as the information is not very specific
    cheers

  74. Hi bub hub!

    Hoping you can help me!

    I’m due on the 27th September but for personal reasons have decided to finish work and resign quite early. I will have worked approx 8 months out of the 10 months required when I finish up work but will have well and truly met the minimum hours required as I’ve worked 3 days a week during this time.

    Am I correct that if I can pick up a day or two of contracted woover the next two months to meet the 10 month eligibility criteria (without having more than 8 weeks between working days) I may still be eligible for paid parental leave? How does it work if there is a gap between my last day of work and my due date, but it’s less than 8 weeks? Will I still be eligible?

    Thanks so much!

    • Sorry, an amendment to the last question: how does it work if there’s a gap between my last day of contracted employment and the 27th June (which would bring me to the 10 month threshold), but the gap is less than 8 weeks? I guess I’m just trying to work out how much I’ll need to make up the extra time to still be eligible. Cheers!

      • Hi SammiJay!

        Thanks for your question and congratulations on your pregnancy.

        I would say that as long as you meet those 10 months you should be eligible. It doesn’t matter if you do two jobs, or switch jobs etc. Just as long as you meet the required time and hours. And that you don’t have more than 8 weeks of unpaid leave in a row.

        A gap between your last day of work and your due date is fine. Most women start their maternity leave at least a couple of weeks before the due date.

        Hope that makes sense. Have I answered your question?

        Thanks!

        • Thanks so much for the speedy response, and glad I’m hopefully navigating these tricky guidelines in the right way.

          It’s a shame Centrelink/DHS don’t have a similar forum for answering these questions! Thank goodness for bub hub x

          • Thanks! Yes, thank goodness for me 😉

            Just kidding – I’m doing what I can because there’s obviously a lot of people out there needing guidance and a swift response. But, I am just another person navigating it all too – so please do double check this all with Centrelink and document what they say, when they say it and who actually says it (just to be on the safe side)!

            All the best x

  75. Hun bub Hub,

    I am an expecting FTM, and finding it very difficult to understand what to expect payment wise once I leave work.

    I am due 4th July 2017, and I am scheduled to go off on 6 weeks paid maternity leave from the 19th June. My partner and I have recently split and I’m trying to figure out what my payment amount will be roughly once I go on paid parental leave and if I’ll be entitled to FTB part A&B. How do they assess my income if I have bub at the start of the financial year? How will my ex partners income affect what I will be entitled to while I am on my paid parental leave? (He earns approx $110,000 per year.) we are also looking at doing a private agreement for him to help out rather than going through child support directly so I also don’t know if this will/how it will effect my payments and after hours of being through different pages on the Centrelink website my head is about to explode! Any help would be appreciated!

    Thankyou In advance!

    • Hi Sam! Congrats on your new baby. Sorry to hear things haven’t gone so smoothly for you at this time.

      Especially do not want you head to explode so I will try to help as best I can.

      You will need to look at Parental Leave Pay and Family Tax Benefit separately for now.

      So, if you meet all the eligibility criteria (have worked 10 out of 13 months before the birth, are an Australian resident etc) then you should be eligible for Parental Leave Pay. The only take your income into consideration when calculating your eligibility, so your partner’s income will not affect this at all. They will go by your income for the previous financial year. They look at your adjusted taxable income (more info here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/adjusted-taxable-income) and it has to be less than $150,000 per year. You’ll get the full amount which is about $670 a week, but it is paid through your employer and they will take out tax etc at the normal rate they usually do. So I can’t say how much of that you’ll receive in the hand. You can only receive Parental Leave Pay while you are not working so if you take 6 weeks paid maternity leave from work, and then 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay, you will be taking a total of 24 weeks off work. You will need to talk to work about this time off as the government’s Parental Leave Pay is not an entitlement to leave, it is just money.

      Now, with Family Tax Benefit. You are not able to receive Family Tax B while you are receiving Parental Leave Pay but you can claim it when your Parental Leave Pay period is finished. You can claim Family Tax A straight away – this is based on your projected income for the financial year in which you claim. When you estimate your projected income you’ll have to count your Parental Leave Pay, your income, and any assistance from your ex-partner as well. His income won’t affect your payment if you’re not longer together but what he pays to you will affect it.

      Hope this helps stop your head exploding somewhat. It is overwhelming but just go one step at a time. Take care x

  76. Hi there,

    I am currently 9 weeks pregnant and trying to work out some finances! I am currently working full time but am on a casual contract. I am saving in order to take 6 months off and will only be eligible for the government paid parental leave of 18 weeks minimum wage.

    My husband works full time on a contract and we are wondering if he would be eligible to take his employers paid parental leave while I take the government paid parental leave?

    Thank you

    • Hi Lynn,

      Congrats on your pregnancy. Very exciting times ahead!

      As far as I know your husband is free to take his employer’s paid leave whenever he is able to, without impacting on your Parental Leave Pay.

      When the government’s assesses your eligibility, it is really only your situation they are interested in. As long as you continue to be the baby’s primary carer and you do not return to work in that time.

      Hope that makes sense. All the best x

  77. Hey 🙂
    We went into centrelink this week in regards to just finding out im pregnant.
    Me and hubby are big organisers so we wanted to ask some questions but she was flat out
    rude and just not helpful (her biggest concern was her granddaughter bringing her new boyfriend over)
    We asked in regards to payments and what I would be entitled too. So I get 10 weeks paid from work, and 18 weeks from centrelink. But she couldn’t give me anymore. I’d loveto take a year off and wanting to know if I’d be entitled to any payments after the 28 weeks of pay. Apparently myself and hubby earn too much, but how can they determine my wage when I’m not working and it’s just hubby working? Is this how it works?
    Combined we are roughly around the $100k mark.
    Is that correct?
    We have played around on the centrelink page, but it just confuses the bugger out of us.

    • Hi Ashooo!

      Congrats on your pregnancy. Sorry to hear that your experience with Centrelink wasn’t very helpful. You are not the only one confused by it all – just read all the comments on this post to know that we are all a little baffled!!

      Wonderful that you are able to receive some maternity leave pay from work as well as the 18 weeks from Centrelink.

      I would think that you would probably be eligible for Family Tax Benefits as well.

      But this isn’t a huge amount of money – not really enough to fund your time off – just a bit of assistance. For example the maximum amount anyone can receive is $5,493.25 a year per child (that’s about $182 a fortnight). And I don’t think you would be eligible for the full amount.

      So this is how it works

      The amount of Family Tax Benefit a person receives is based on their family income and the number of children they have.

      You need to estimate your family income for the financial year you’re in.

      So if your baby is – for example – born in November you’ll have to estimate what your income will be for the financial year of 2017/18. This will include income from work (as you’ll probably be working up until a few weeks from your due date), as well as your maternity leave pay AND the money you receive from the government as Parental Leave Pay. The family income also includes your husband’s pay. So perhaps if it is usually $100,000 and you earn roughly the same amount as each other then I imagine (in this very rough scenario) that your income might be $70,000-$75,000 as you would not have worked for approx half the financial year.

      If your family income was about $70,000 you should be eligible for something as the income cut off for Family Tax A (when you have just one child under 12) is $99,536.

      The way the calculate exactly how much is a bit confusing (if you’re interested in exactly how it is on this page: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/income-test-family-tax-benefit-part)

      So basically you’ll need to work this out filling in the gaps I’ve left out (your due date, your actual income, your husband’s income, how much work you’ll do in 2017/18 financial year etc) to see how much you might receive.

      All the best Please come back if you have other questions! Happy to help!

  78. Hi
    I have been through all the posts but still have a question, I would like to thanks in advance.
    I have been through all the pages on centre-link website but still couldn’t find my answer.
    My wife is due in June 2017 and she has not been to work from last 4 years due to her health issues and have not received any payments at all from centre link. I am the only male earning person.
    My question is can I be the primary carer for our coming baby and would be able to receive the Parental leave for 18 weeks, I met all the eligibility as per the website. However the website also mention about transferring all the parental leave as well but its bit confusing. plz help

    • HI Ronit,
      Thanks for your question and congratulations on your upcoming baby.

      Unfortunately I don’t think you’d be eligible to receive Parental Leave Pay. The only way in which you could be considered the primary carer from birth is if your wife was not in a position to care for the baby in any way. If she were to transfer the leave to you, she could only do so if she were returning to work, and she would need to be eligible in the first place, which she is not.

      You should be entitled to some leave from your job – and hopefully paid leave. Have a chat to your employer about this. If not, the government does provide Dad and Partner Pay which is two weeks pay at the minimum wage. You should also check your eligibility for the Newborn Upfront Payment and Supplement. As well as Family Tax Benefits, depending on your income I would say you’re most likely eligible, especially as your wife doesn’t earn money herself. Family Tax Benefit is an ongoing fortnightly payment to help with the costs of raising a family. The Upfront Payment and Supplement is a little extra on top of that after the birth of a baby. There’s more info here: https://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/guide-to-government-family-benefit-payments/

      All the best. Come back if you have further questions.

  79. Hi there i gave birth on February 14th. 2 weeks later i went back to work and had my mother and partner care for my child.
    On February 27th i ceased work to care for my child.
    Can someone please let me know if im eligible for ppl? Because centrelink has refused my ppl application due to me returning to work after the birth of my child. The website clearly states one of the criteria as

    – 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.

    So i ceased working prior to becoming the primary carer. Can someone please help clarify this.
    Many thanks.

    • Hi there! Congrats on your new baby. Sorry to hear that your application was refused.

      I don’t know much about this particular rule but based on the fact that they’ve refused your application I am thinking that you are automatically the primary carer as soon as the baby is born. It sounds like Centrelink has assumed that in those first two weeks before you returned to work that you were the primary carer.

      If you were not the primary carer in those initial 2 weeks you might be able to go back to Centrelink with proof that you were not.

      Sorry that I cannot help any more. Take care x

      • Thanks for your reply.
        I think that is ridiculous if centrelink just ASSUMED you are the primary carer as soon as the baby is born. I really dont know what proof i can give centrelink to prove i was not the primary carer.

        I will be contacting centerlink today (not happy)
        I will come back and let you know the outcome.

  80. Hi there,

    I wondered if you can help me.

    I am 8 weeks pregnant now and I am trying to decide whether I am going home to have my baby.

    I am a citizen of Australia and have been here for about 10 years but I from Ireland.

    I will be coming back Australia eventually (within the year). I will be just going home to have my baby in Ireland and be with my family for those few months.

    I am worried regarding maternity leave pay. Will I still be entitled to have support financially if I leave the country for a fraction of my leave.
    I have been working in my current job for over 2 years so I know I am entitled for my 12 month mat leave but if I go home to Ireland, will this be an issue?

    Thank you for your help.

    Kind Regards,

    Clio

    • Hi Clio!

      Congratulations on your pregnancy and thanks for your question.

      If you’re entitled to take 12 months of maternity leave I would imagine that you’d be able to do with that time what you like. And that travelling overseas would be fine.

      However, if your company offers maternity leave pay as well, I would double check your individual contract to make sure that overseas travel doesn’t impact that. I would be surprised if it did but I am no expert, just sometime trying to unravel the confusion for others!, Maybe try contracting the Fair Work Ombudsman for clarification on this. Phone 13 13 94 or visit http://www.fairwork.gov.au

      ALSO – I do know though that overseas travel can impact your eligibility of the government’s Parental Leave Pay- which you may also be eligible for. For example one of the main criteria is that you must be living in Australia when your child is born. There are other stipulations as well. There is more information here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/parental-leave-pay-while-travelling-outside-australia

      I hope this helps! Take care xx

  81. Hi There,

    I have only recently found out that I am Pregnant, still first trimester, but I am a habitual planner and we are looking at the financial arrangements and if its feasible for me to take 12 months off, as this will be my first child.

    I just want to clarify regarding the “double dipping” I hear people referring to, does this mean that I am able to use the 32 weeks half-pay Mat leave from my work and then an additional 18 weeks at the Centrelink rate? so I would effectively be able to take off 50 weeks( at the 2 different rates)? Do I have this correct?

    • Hi there! Congratulations on your pregnancy and good on you for getting in and planning early.

      The good news is that the ‘double dipping’ was referring to the fact that currently women who are able to access their own company’s paid maternity leave schemes can also access the government’s Parental Leave Pay. Allowing them to stay at home for longer with their baby.

      As yet, even though the government is attempting to put an end to what they have called ‘double-dipping’, they have yet to find enough support in the senate to allow these changes to come into affect. If indeed they eventually do get these changes through I wouldn’t be too worried if I were you, as usually in such cases they would put the start date at a time in the future so that it would not affect women who are already pregnant.

      So, basically, yes – you have this correct. All the best with the rest of your pregnancy and the months and years ahead x

  82. Hi

    I am eligible for Paid Parental Leave I am Due 16/6/2017 this will help us up until October. I was just wondering when I would be able to claim FTB A&B to help us out after October? Thank you any advice would be appreciated.

    • Hi there! Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your questions.

      The good news is that you can receive Family Tax Benefit Part A at the same time as Parental Leave Pay if you are eligible. And you can apply for Family Tax B as well- but can only receive FTB Part B AFTER your Parental Leave Pay period is complete.

      When applying for Family Tax Benefit they will ask you to estimate your family’s annual income. As Parental Leave Pay is a taxable income you MUST also include this amount in your estimate.

      Hope this all makes sense. If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to ask. All the best xx

  83. hi,

    i had my first baby in feb 2017…i already got my dad and partner pay…nd my family benefit tax payments are already started… my wife is not working at all since she came to australia… is she still eligible for parental leave pay??? I’m so confused…

    • Hi Sam. Congrats on your new baby! Thanks for your question.

      I am not sure of many details in your case but the main criteria for Parental Leave Pay is that your wife must have worked for at least 10 out of the 13 months before your baby’s birth. If she hasn’t worked since moving to Australia then she maybe doesn’t meet this criteria, depending on when she moved here. If she was working overseas and meets that 10 out of 13 months criteria it is possible that she might be meet the work test and therefore be eligible (if she meets the other criteria also – residency requirements etc).

      Hope this helps. Feel free to ask any other questions if you have them. All the best xx

  84. Hi,

    I had my first baby in Feb 2016 and took 1 year maternity leave. 6 months full pay by work and 18 weeks paid parental by Centrelink. I just came back to work last month (January) and just found I’m pregnant with Bub2. Will I be eligible for paid parental leave again since I wont be working for 10/13 months before I deliver? I’m so confused.

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

      Unfortunately I’m not too confident that you would be eligible for the Government’s Paid Parental Leave as you do need to meet that 10/13 month criteria.

      However, the rules are not the same for taking 12 months maternity leave. This is from the Fair Work website: Employees who have taken parental leave don’t have to work for another 12 months before they can take another period of parental leave with that same employer.

      So you would be eligible to take maternity leave from your job (provided you have returned to the same employer) but possibly not with the Government’s Paid Leave to help fund that time off. I am not sure either about whether this means that you’re eligible for your maternity leave pay from work either. I would hope so, but you may have to check your individual contract and chat to HR if you can.

      Sorry that I didn’t have more promising news. Definitely still check with Centrelink though and if they do say no remember that if you’re eligible for Family Tax A, you can apply for the Newborn Supplement too.

      Hope it all goes well. Take care xx

    • Hey Zoe, congrats on your pregnancy. I’m in the same position. Were you able to find out if you are eligible to paid parental leave through centrelink?

  85. Hi Bub Hub,

    I just wanted to check on whether I am eligible for PPL or not? I am in a slightly similar situation as Surprise#3 but have worked fewer months.

    Bub Number 1 was born Dec 2015 and I was on Mat leave until 7th Nov 16. I was receiving paid parental leave pay for Bub 1 until Jun 2016 and was on unpaid leave from July 16 until I resumed work in Nov 16.
    Bub 2, is due on 7th May 17 and I plan on taking Mat leave from little one from 26th April 17. This would mean that I don’t qualify for the work test of 10 of 13 months before the baby is born but have surely done 330 hours of work until the time I go on Mat leave.

    Let me know your thoughts on the same….

    • HI JB2 – congratulations on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. I am afraid, though, that I don’t think you would qualify for Paid Parental Leave this time around. Even though you would have done enough hours you still need to have worked for at least those 10 months. Sorry! I really hate being the bearer of bad news. Do you receive Family Tax A? If so, you would be eligible for the Newborn Supplement and Upfront Payment (which isn’t nearly even close to as much as PPL, but could still be a helpful amount) instead.

      Still please double check with Centrelink as I am no expert in this and am in no way affiliated with them. I would had to see you miss out based on my advice.

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

  86. I originally put in request for paid parental leave in September to begin in November. Baby was born in October. We read through the information on the Centrelink website and noticed that since I am on a 820 subclass – provisional partner visa payments would be stopped once we left the country. Due to this we went into Centrelink and requested the payments started on 1st of Jan so that we could travel back to the states to introduce the new baby. They said this should not be a problem, but when we left in Dec we received a letter from Centrelink saying we were no longer eligible.
    Upon return, we went into the Centrelink office to discuss what the reason for this was and at that time we put in the request to reassess the application. We were told there should not be a problem with this. Since I did not hear anything back from Centrelink and my work had not received any information from them, I went in again at the end of January and was told that it was still being assessed and again that there is no reason the claim should not be approved again.
    I called Centrelink in early February to see how long it would take to process the application and was told it could take up to 45 days. This person also told us that since the claim was originally approved there was no reason that it wouldn’t again.
    On 16th Feb I received a call from Family Services Centrelink saying that the application was denied due to the legislation regarding my visa status and since we left the country after the baby was born. This was not what the Centrelink website stated. She has placed an appeal on the grounds that I am not satisfied with the explaination.
    We have reviewed the 290+ Page legislation and the information contradicts the information on the Centrelink website.
    Currently my claim is being waiting to be reviewed through the appeal process, however we have a feeling that it will likely be denied. Is there anything you can recommend that we do?
    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    • Hi KB – I am so sorry to hear of the runaround and misinformation that you have received. As if having a new baby isn’t already stressful enough!!

      Unfortunately though I am afraid my knowledge of parental leave pay doesn’t stretch as far as the appeal process, having not been involved in that side of things before. I didn’t know that you wouldn’t be able to leave the country either. What is the exact rule in the legislation, compared to the website?

      I hope that the outcome is positive for you. Am so sorry that I have no extra information for you and that I cannot help. Please let us know how it pans out so that anyone reading this in future might find it helpful.

      Take care xx

      • Thank you for the response.
        On the website it states that “If you leave Australia without an approved reason, your payment will stop when you leave and cannot restart.” However my leave was not started yet and it requests that you notify them if you will be gone for over 6 weeks. We were only gone for a little over 3 weeks. My husband read through the legislation so I do not have the specific quote, however I believe it states that once the baby is born the mother is considered the primary care giver and when on the sub class 820, you are not allowed to leave the country until the payments are completed or they are stopped.
        We understood the information as if the payments were to have started that they would have stopped once we left the country so requesting that they did not start until we return was the solution. We were assured of this by the Centrelink ground staff and this is where I believe they are going to throw the legislation at us. It is extremely frustrating.
        I am expecting a call from Centrelink today and will follow up on what occurs.
        Do you happen to know if any lawyers that deal with Centrelink or Paid Parental Leave? We are thinking of contacting someone in order to see if we have a case.

        https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/parental-leave-pay-while-travelling-outside-australia

        • Hi KB. Thanks for coming back to let us know. Please let me know how you go today too. The most frustrating thing is that you tried to do the right thing and had it confirmed before leaving. If you can’t get correct info to act on, what are you supposed to do. It is so ridiculous that you’re in this situation right now. Hope you get an answer soon. Sorry – but I don’t know of any lawyers who might specialise in this type of thing. All the best xx

          • Our appeal was denied. We are going to take it to the tribunal and try to talk to some lawyers. We are also going to pursue a compensation claim because we feel that Centrelink misguided us.
            I hope that others reading this makes sure to document their conversations with all Centrelink staff because it turns out that our visits and phone calls to them were very vague in regards to the information they recorded. Request documentation and make a paper trail! We are having a hard time going back to remember the people’s names, details of conversation, advise given, and even wait times. Write it all down or try to record your conversations!
            Best of luck to all you already stressed out parents dealing with a very crappy situation.

          • Wow. Sorry to hear you are having to go through this. I hope you find an answer. And thanks for the tip, such a good idea to always document what you’re told and by whom.

            Wishing you all the best. Hope it can be resolved quickly. Let us know how it goes. Take care xx

          • Thank you KB. I am thinking of doing the same thing.. I will call again to confirm for the second time and make sure I document. Thank you again.

  87. Hi Bub Hub,

    I’m hoping you can help me. I only returned to work from maternity leave on 10 August 2016 and fell pregnant again (whoops) soon after. I am due on 11 June and have gone 2 weeks over with the previous 2, but according to my calculations I need to work up until 10 June. I will have already reached the 330hrs milestone, and was intending on leaving the office in mid-may but will do a few hours from home until the baby is born. So am I right in saying that if I do 1 hr a week for the three weeks up until 10 June, I will be eligible for ppl? Also, what happens if the baby is born 1 June, am I still eligible? Is it possible that I can leave mid-may and take annual leave for a few weeks – does this count as ‘work’? And how do the gov actually know that I have worked during this period before the baby? Purely by the fact that I’ve received a pay check?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi there! Congrats on baby number 3!

      Hope I can help you out!

      One thing is – How long was your maternity leave? Were you receiving Parental Leave Pay for baby number 2 up until you went back to work? A period of Parental Leave Pay counts as work so if you were receiving it WITHIN that 13 months before Baby #3’s due date you can count it in the ‘work test’. If it was earlier then it doesn’t matter though. Does that make sense?

      Otherwise, periods of paid leave DO count as work – so with that in mind you should be right if you take annual leave. You should double check this with Centrelink though (that it is alright to take the annual leave at the end of the 10 month period, rather than within it). If you want to make absolutely sure then you could do those few hours from home too.

      If the baby is early enough to make you ineligible then you can apply to Centrelink still, with a letter from your employer to say that you had intended to work longer but had to stop because your baby came before your due date. You’ll also need a letter from your health care provider with proof of the expected due date.

      I am not really sure of how the government goes about proving that you’ve worked during this period. It is part of the application process and I’m not really sure of what is and isn’t on the form anymore. Sorry!

      Hope it all works out and that you are eligible. I am pretty sure that you’ll be right. Take care xx

      • Thanks Bub Hub! Very helpful!
        I had 12 mths off for my maternity leave last time and took the ppl early, so it won’t count in the 13mth period.
        I will double check the annual leave scenario, but it all sounds more promising than I thought. Phew!
        Thanks again!

  88. Hi There.
    I would like to seek your assistance. I am currently week 23 and the due date is 15 June 2017. Full time worker for a few years.
    I have been unwell and may need to start my maternity leave in a few weeks but if i do so then I may not meet the work test.
    I have to work 10 of the 13 month before the baby due to be eligible for PPL , which means I have to work at least by 15 March?
    But I feel this isnt fair for women like me who are not well due to the pregnancy and unable to work.
    I want to work as much as possible but i am uncertain how long i can work at this moment.
    If i get a letter from OB saying I am not fit for work, does Centerlink take it into consideration?

    Please help me 🙁

    • Hi Kaori, Congrats on your pregnancy, sorry to here that you haven’t been well.

      I do have some good news for you though. The government certainly does take pregnancy complications into consideration. If you were in a position to meet the Parental Leave Pay work test but had to stop work early because of pregnancy complications (or a premature birth) then you may still be eligible. You do need a letter from your doctor as well as a letter from your employer, stating that you would have worked up until close to your due date.

      There is more information in the examples on this page (scroll down to the bottom under the heading, Pregnancy related complications and the work test): https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/work-test-parental-leave-pay#a5

      All the best xx

      • Thanks for your advice! I called Centerlink and they said the same thing – I just need to get a letter from the hospital saying I am not able to work due to pregnancy.
        Thank you so much.

        • Excellent news! Thanks for coming back to let us know. So happy to have been able to help. Now, rest up and get ready for your new little bub. Remember us when you’re looking for info too! We have plenty of good, useful info for life with a new baby. Take care xx

  89. Hello Bub Hub

    I have been reading all your post and i wanted to share mine here as well and get some inputs from you..

    I am 16 Weeks pregnant and have been working with the same employer from over 2 years as a casual employee with permanent work every week..

    Now My due date is 30th July 2017 and just wanting t clarify the PPl work test..

    As i have till now done more than 330 hours already but 10 months criteria is that i have to work till end of April 2017..

    So can i now work every week for 1.5 hours just to be in the eligibility criteria for the PPl till end of April 2017..as my current hours from July last year is well over 400 till today..

    Or i have to work more every week to be in the criteria for PPl…

    Please Advice..

    • Hi mansi!

      Congrats on your pregnancy. Hope you are feeling well!

      So, you need to have worked 10 out of the 13 months before your due date (without a period of more than 8 weeks between two work days).

      So, as you’ve calculated already, this is from July last year. If you work up until at least 8 weeks before your due date then you should be eligible according to that criteria. That’s early June by my calculations. If you stop work earlier than that you’ll not meet the work test because there can’t be more than 8 weeks between two days of work.

      Next criteria is that you must have worked 330 hours in that 10-month period. The 10-month period can be calculated from July last year – April 2017 and if you’ve already done that amount of hours then I would say that you’ve met that criteria and it now doesn’t matter how many hours you work as long as you do work.

      Basically I would think that you’ve met your ‘330 hour’ criteria already but need to stay employed until at least the first week or so in June so that you don’t have more than 8 weeks unemployed.

      That is my understanding anyway. I’ve looked at the examples on this page (the second example is more like your situation, where the 10 months is at the start of the 13 month period). https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/work-test-parental-leave-pay

      Please check all this with Centrelink though. I am not an expert, just trying to work it all out like the rest of you!

      Take care xx

  90. So confused by PPL. We had our baby in the final quarter of 2016. I meet all eligibility tests. And have received PPL previously several years ago.

    I am self employed by our company. After the birth my husband was the primary carer through his own extended annual and carers leave. Once he commenced back at work I then took leave and claimed PPL, however it recently came back rejected as I had completed work duties post birth.

    Our understanding was I could claim within 52 weeks once I was the primary carer and as a business owner/self employed minimal work checkin days/times are permitted. Also our understanding is we could claim once I was the primary caregiver. Please help!

    • Hi PPLconfused! (I might have to change my name to that also!)

      Congrats on your new baby.

      I had to read your question a few times and I can only think of a couple of things that MIGHT be the reason your claim was rejected.

      I wonder if as birth mother you are automatically considered primary carer (which means, in their eyes, that you became carer, did work, became carer again)? Or if in this circumstance you had to somehow give evidence that you were not? I wonder if your husband was the primary carer then HE was the one who had to be eligible for PPL – not you – and he had to transfer it to you?

      In any case though – I would be asking for more of an explanation. I would also – especially as the reason they gave was because you did work duties post birth – asking them to review this as you are allowed, like you said, work check-in days to make sure the business can survive.

      Sorry this has happened. It sounds like you did your research and you’ve been let down by a complicated system. Hope you get some answers (and if you do please come back to let us know!)>

      Sorry that I couldn’t be of more assistance. Take care xx

      • Hi there i was wondering if you got anymore information or updates regarding ppl confused’ questions
        I also have the same question. I was declined the ppl due to working post birth. Im confused as what centrelink consider as the “primary carer”

  91. Hi there! I am eligible for PPL according to the eligibility requirements above (been working FT with same employer for 5 years). My employer provides 12 months maternity leave, of which 14 weeks is paid at full rate or 28 weeks at half-pay (the remainder, if taken, is unpaid).

    Given legislative changes in the works to stop ‘double dipping’ (ie claiming both paid PPL from govt plus paid leave from your employer), can you please provide some advice on the following scenario?

    Scenario: I take employer funded parental leave at half pay for 28 weeks. At week 28 my husband becomes the full-time/primary carer and i return to work full time. Is my husband eligible for 18 weeks govt paid PPL under both the current arrangements and the proposed changes to remove ‘double dipping’?

    I note that ‘transfer’ of PPL is available (https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/transferring-parental-leave-pay) but i dont exactly understand how this works. Does the 18 weeks have to be paid from birth, or can there be a gap of 28 weeks before the 18 week PPL commences as per my scenario above? Or does ‘double dipping’ mean that my husband cant claim PPL if I have earlier claimed employer-paid maternity leave?

    Thanks for any insight! I would love it if my hubby could be the FT carer of our bubba after I head back to work, and gov PPL sounds like it could be a great way to afford such a plan. I’m hoping this ‘double dipping’ change doesnt ruin that dream!

    2.

    after which my husband will take over full-time care of our child.

    • Hi Alex,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy. I may be able to offer some insight but this one isn’t one I have come across before.

      First of all. I don’t think you have to worry about changes to the Parental Leave Pay scheme. If it does get through the Senate I have read that it will be at least 12 months before the changes come into affect, so as not to impact those already pregnant. This is what has happened in the past also when changes have been made.

      So with that in mind it is really only the case of whether you can transfer Parental Leave Pay to your husband after taking 28 weeks yourself. I am thinking that it is possible (but I’m not 100 per cent so if you find out either way please let us know how it all goes). So … reading the link in your comment I am thinking that you’re situation is much like that in Example 2 (right at the bottom of the page). Kym and Keith 🙂 It doesn’t mention anything about maternity leave from your work – but maybe that’s because it is irrelevant. As long as you are eligible for Parental Leave Pay it looks like it is possible.

      Of course, I don’t want to tell you something untrue so please double check before doing any cartwheels of joy (possibly not recommended during pregnancy in any case!).

      Take care xx

  92. Hi can you please help with my situation.
    my due date is 4 th july 2017. i did stop working when i got pregnant due to pcos ovary.i had some issue regarding my health coz of pcos ovary. i was concerned about having miscarriage.
    so i was on bed rest as doctor told me to. my hours are not 330 complete.
    i am eligible for Parental Leave Pay if i will provide all certificate from my doc ?

    • Hi jessy!

      Congrats on your pregnancy and sorry to hear about your health.

      Thanks for your question. It is possible to be eligible for Parental Leave Pay if pregnancy complications stopped you from meeting the work test. I am not sure of the specifics in your case so you would have to confirm it all with Centrelink, when you’re applying.

      You need proof from your doctor but you also need proof from you employer to state that you would have met the work test had you not had any complications of pregnancy – that you had intended to continue working up until the time close to your due date.

      Hope this helps. Come back with any questions if you have them!

      Thanks!

  93. Hi, can you please help with the following PPL question.
    I am currently on mat leave – baby was born early may 2016. I am returning to work part time this month. We are thinking of having another baby and was wondering when to start trying so that we will qualify for the 18 weeks PPL? And how is PPL worked out if you work parttime?

    • Hi Kate! Thanks for your question!

      To meet the Parental Leave Pay work test you must have worked for at least:

      – 10 of the 13 months before the birth of your child, and
      – 330 hours in that 10 month period, which is just over 1 day a week, with no more than an 8 week gap between 2 consecutive working days

      So basically if you start work this month you will be eligible sometime in December (the exact date in December will depend on your start date in February).

      So for example, if you fall pregnant in April then your due date will be January and you’ll have worked for at least 10 months before the due date. Of course this is all a very rough guide of dates – all dependent on your actual start date as well as your ovulation dates/conception dates as well.

      As far as part-time work they just have to see that you’ve worked 330 hours in 10 months. So that works out to be 33 hours a month, which is approximately 8 hours a week. If you’re working that amount then you’ll be eligible.

      Hope this all helps. Best of luck xx

  94. Hi, I recently moved back from overseas. Does my time working overseas count as the working 10 months of the last 13? I have not had a gap of 8 weeks between jobs.

    Thanks

    • Hi Kate! Congrats on your new job. It is possible to get Parental Leave Pay if you’ve worked overseas. I found this info on the Human Services website
      You don’t need to be working full time to be eligible for Parental Leave Pay. You may meet the work test if you:

      are a part time, casual, or a seasonal worker
      are a contractor or self employed
      work in a family business
      have multiple employers
      have recently changed jobs
      are no longer employed, or
      have worked overseas

      I don’t know any details (if they stipulate how much work etc) but I would definitely be applying if I were you!

      I got the info from this page of their site: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/work-test-parental-leave-pay

      If you find out any specifics please let us know how you go! Take care. All the best xx

      • Hi, I am in a similar situation as Kate.
        What documents do you need to provide to show you have worked overseas. Is a contract good enough?
        thanks
        Lauren

        • Hi Lauren! Sorry for the slow reply. And congrats on your pregnancy. I am actually not sure about what is required to prove that you’ve worked overseas. Perhaps you might ask the question in our forum … there may be people there who have filled out all the paperwork quite recently – or might be in a situation similar to yours. Here’s a link: https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances
          Otherwise you might just have to check with Centrelink. If you do get an answer from them please come back to let us know, it might help others like you.

          Thanks. All the best x

  95. Hi bubhub,

    I’m due in May 2017 and I’ll be working till march and so I believe I qualify for PPL. however I’m on a contract atm which means once I leave to go on maternity that’s the end of my work. So will I need to notify my employer about me claiming PPL if I won’t be working with them once I’m finishing up to prepare for the baby?

    Also, do I just need to contact centrelink by giving them or call to notify them of my situation so I can get it paid directly to me? Please let me know… it’s confusing me..

    Thanks!

    • HI NL! Congrats on your pregnancy.

      It is all very confusing so don’t feel bad – that’s why there are so many questions on this blog post!

      To answer yours I would think that there really is no reason you need to notify your employer of your intention to claim PPL. When you receive it you won’t be employed by them and there is nothing they need to know or do.

      The other question though, I am not sure how you go about letting Centrelink know of your situation. I have a feeling that it might be a question in the application process. I think depending on your answers they decide whether to send all the paperwork to your employer or just organise it themselves?

      Maybe have a look at the application – you can start filling it out online then save it to complete later – and see if that answers your question!

      And come back to let us know how you go too!

      Thanks!

  96. Hi there,

    thanks for info.

    I am in the process of applying for mat leave – am due in May’17. Now as per my company’s policy I am eligible for 12 weeks of paid leave. They also told me that i would only qualify for 18 weeks leaves if the joint income of me and my husband was less than $150,000 per annum. So my question is – my husband recently got a raise in Nov’16 which throws us off our joint income by 2K over 150,000. Would we by any chance be eligible ? is 150,000K net or gross..? with so many expenses just trying to see if we qualify at all.

    thanks

    • Hi DG!

      Congrats on your pregnancy! And thanks for your question.

      The good news (for you!) is that your employer is wrong! If you’re applying for the government’s Parental Leave Pay (which is 18 weeks pay at the minimum wage) then you are only assessed on your own income – not the family income. This means that your partner’s wage is not considered. As long as you meet all the other criteria you should be eligible.

      Your family wage is considered for other government payments – such as Family Tax Benefits – but not Parental Leave Pay.

      This is good news. Hope your company hasn’t told you anything else that isn’t true! Feel free to come back to ask more questions if you have them!

      Take care xx

      • I also just wanted to make sure that you knew that you’re eligible for at least 12 months of maternity leave (if you’ve worked for that company for at least 12 months) – the government’s Parental Leave Pay is just money to help fund that time off. Does that make sense? Just wanted to make that clear as your first message referred to it as 18 weeks leave, rather than pay.

        • thanks team! appreciate your quick response.

          That’s a relief, coz everywhere i read online – the centrelink website does specify’individual income’.

          Oh yes! @ 18 weeks- it is 18 weeks of pay.

          Now, that I have established i am qualified for the centrelink benefit. I am unable to find about the ‘paper work’ that needs to be done. My HR team insists that I need to submit the Centrelink paper work along with my application of leave. While I will bug them again for what they mean exactly, can you guide how one can apply for this benefit?

          I am currently in the process of creating a Centrelink account, seems like i can’t get a CRN online and will have to go to a centrelink office and then start the process of claiming.

  97. Hi bubuhub,
    I’m a mother of almost 1 year old and haven’t returned to work since december 2015. I have received PPL for him. Now, me and my partner are thinking of having our second child. I was wonderning would i still be able to get PPL for my second child if i don’t go to work again?
    I hope you can help me. Thanks in advance,

    • Hi Shaggy!

      Thanks for your question! Hope you’re having a good day today.

      I am afraid that if you don’t return to work then you won’t be eligible for Parental Leave Pay for a second child. To be eligible you still need to meet the work test – which is that you will have to have worked for at least 10 out of the 13 months before the baby’s expected due date. And not have more than 8 weeks off work – unpaid leave – in a row.

      Your period of Parental Leave Pay would count as work but seeing as though you’ve had more than a year off (I am assuming unpaid, apart from the PPL) then you would not meet that work test.

      Instead though, you may be eligible for the Newborn Supplement and Newborn Upfront Payment – if you’re eligible for Family Tax A this is a little extra after a baby is born. Worth checking out.

      Sorry I didn’t have better news! All the best xx

  98. Hi Bubhub,

    I am hoping you can help me, I am currently 36 weeks pregnant with my second child and filling in the PPL claim online. I am currently employed and will remain so while on leave, however i don’t want my employer to pay my PPL as their pay structure is annoying and I would rather the fortnightly payments straight from Centrelink. Does the online form automatically request that my work make the payments? I can’t find anywhere to specifically state what I want either way, it just asks for my employer details as I am still employed.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Stirlow16! Congratulations on your pregnancy. Not long to go now. Very exciting times ahead!

      I am afraid though that I am not too familiar with the form. From what I can tell though your employer has to pay the PPL to you. There are circumstances where they don’t (which you may have already read) but I think Centrelink is pushing for it to come from the employer in most cases. They probably don’t ask on the form because they don’t want to give people to option.

      Sorry I didn’t have better news for you! Of course though I am not an expert on this so it is best if you check with Centrelink (sorry!).

      All the best. Take care xx

  99. Hi,
    I was wondering if you could help with my query. I have read and re-read everything on paid parental leave work test and keeping in touch days, but am still unsure of this…

    Do keeping in touch days qualify for the paid parental leave work test, since they are paid days?

    I have been permanently employed for over 6 years, and am currently receiving the government paid parental leave. This is about to run out, however I have already fallen pregnant with another child. I am not in a position to return back to work, as I have temporarily relocated for my partners work and thus have applied to take 24 months maternity leave.
    If I ‘keep in touch’, say once a month and get paid for those days, will I qualify for paid parental leave with the next child?

    The minimum hours test would have been met during the paid parental leave period. And keeping in touch every month there after would ensure no two consecutive working days are more than 8 weeks apart.

    Does it sound doable – or is it just wishful thinking.

    • Hi BJ! Congrats on your new baby and your new pregnancy! What an exciting time!

      I have had a look at this question and from what I can see (and I’m no expert, so this will need to be clarified of course) the period of Parental Leave Pay itself counts as work as far as the ‘work test’ eligibility criteria goes. That is regardless of whether you do ‘keeping in touch’ days or not.

      Have a look at this page (link is below) and scroll down to the examples at the bottom. There’s one called: Inclusion of a previous Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay period in the work test and in that example the woman uses her Parental Leave Pay time to meet the work test. The difference is that her work is after her leave and yours will be before but still, if you meet the criteria (10 out of the 13 months before due date) then I would think that it shouldn’t make a difference that your work is before your leave. Anyway – here’s the link: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/work-test-parental-leave-pay

      Hope this helps. All the best. Take care xx

  100. Hi there, I have recently found out I’m pregnant and I’m just starting to research what Government Paid Parental Leave I am eligible for and when I can leave work etc. I have been employed for two years without any unpaid leave gaps.

    Birth Date vs Due Date

    Does this mean I can then have unpaid leave a whole 3 months (12 weeks) before the due date?

    Or do you have to shorten it in case you are overdue, as it is calculated on the birth date?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi BB. Congrats on your pregnancy. Many exciting times ahead!!

      Based on what you’ve told me you should be entitled to Maternity Leave and also meet the Government’s Parental Leave Pay ‘work test’ (there are other criteria to meet too).

      It is important to remember that these are two separate things. Maternity leave is just leave (with no pay, in most cases) and the Parental Leave Pay is just money (not an entitlement to take leave).

      There’s more about Maternity Leave in this article: http://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/maternity-leave-entitlements-in-australia-parental-leave/

      To answer your question about leave … here are a few things you need to consider.

      1. To meet the ‘work test’ for Parental Leave Pay you need to have no more than an 8 week gap where you are not working (this means that if you have 12 weeks off before the due date you will not be eligible for the payment – unless baby arrives prematurely or there is a health issue – in which case you’ll need letters from your doctor and employer).
      2. Maternity Leave is an entitlement to 12 months off work. You can begin this leave 6 weeks before your due date (or earlier if your employer agrees or later if you have a letter from your doctor). You still need to be mindful of the 8-week rule though if you want to be eligible for the Parental Leave Pay.

      I hope this helps to answer your question. Please come back to ask if you have any more. Take care xx

  101. Hey.
    I hope you can help me, I’ve been working full time for 5 years, I was permanent and then they had pay cuts so I was then put as a contractor in the mining industry. We are wanting to have a baby, I want to know would I be entitled to any help from the government as I don’t get paid annual, sick or maternity leave from my employer as I’m only contracting but still work exactly the same hours/ shift work but get paid a lot more then half the amount as my husband who does the same thing as me but a permenent. Does my husband’s income which is over 150,000 affect my chances of being eligible for PPL?

  102. hi,
    I am due for 1st of march and i am entitled for PPL which is already approved and my employer is also providing 9 weeks Paid maternity leave. I have a confusion that can i take both PPL from government and paid maternity from my employer at same time. OR can i take PPL from government and annual leave pay at same time.

    Thanks in Advance

    • Hi Maria! Congratulations on your pregnancy. Not long to go now.

      I wish I could answer your question but I am not sure on this. I have heard that you can’t take them at exactly the same time but someone in this thread claimed that they were able to. So I am really not sure, sorry!

      Can I suggest that you ask your question in our forum? There are plenty of people there who might have recently done this and might be able to help you out. Also if you do get a definite answer, I would love to hear what it is. Here is the link to a forum section specifically about maternity leave and Paid Parental Leave: http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?782-Maternity-amp-Parental-Leave

      Sorry I couldn’t help more. Take care xx

  103. My pregnancy due date 10 March. I have already applied centerlink PPL claim. I need to provide a written letter to my employer about expected leave and return date to work.

    I am bit confuse about the start of payment and 18 weeks leave, it said will start from expected birth date.

    I am planning to leave work 17-Feb.

    Should I include return date 17-Feb + 18 weeks, or 10Mar+18 weeks to get the maximum 18 weeks payment and spend as much time with new bubs?

    • Hi Naz,

      Congratulations on your pregnancy. Not long to go now.

      Hopefully I can clear up some of your questions.

      Firstly, maternity leave from your employer is different and unrelated to the Government’s PPL.

      You should be entitled to 12 months maternity leave from your employer (if you’ve worked their for 12 months). This is most likely unpaid leave. You will need to write a letter to your employer starting that you would like to leave work on February 17.

      However, to work out when you would like to return to work you’ll need to know how long you will be able to afford not to work. The government’s Parental Leave Pay will provide 18 weeks of leave for you but you won’t receive this money until at least after the baby is born because you’ll need Proof of Birth in order to finalise your claim for Parental Leave Pay.

      To get the full amount of PPL you’ll need to have 18 weeks off AFTER your baby is born. So – 10MAR+18 weeks. You will have to work out how you will fund your time off work before baby is born as you won’t be receiving the Parental Leave Pay until afterwards.

      Hope that makes sense. Feel free to come back if you have any more questions. Take care xx

      • Many thanks for your prompt response.

        I have been working with this company almost 8 yrs, so would be eligible for 12 months maternity leave.

        However, don’t planning to out of work for long period of time. Thanks for your clarification, will consider 10MAR+18 weeks at this stage.

  104. Hi

    I applied for parental pay back in July and had my baby overseas in oct I was advised that it had been assessed and once my baby was born I just had to send in their birth cert which I have done. I am still on maternity leave from work but I’m still overseas and not due to return to Australia until June. Not sure what the delay is with the payment or why I may not get it??

    • Hi Lou! Thanks for your question and congrats on your new baby.

      I am afraid however that as far as I know you would not be eligible because you were not living in Australia when your baby was born. It is one of the eligibility requirements. This is from their website:

      To be eligible for Parental Leave Pay, you must satisfy residence requirements. When your child is born or adopted, you must be living in Australia and:

      have Australian citizenship
      hold a permanent visa
      hold a special category visa, or
      hold a temporary visa; for example, a partner provisional, interdependency or temporary protection visa

      If you hold a temporary visa, read about payments paid while outside Australia.

      You must continue to meet the residence requirements for as long as you get this payment.

      Sorry I didn’t have better news for you! Take care xx

  105. Hi just wondering if you could help at all, my workplace pays 12 weeks maternity leave but I miss out on it by about 2 weeks, as I had not been with them for 12months before the birth date (baby is due end of January 2017 and I started with them start of February 2016). I have applied for PPL, but wondering if my baby is overdue and comes after the February start date would my employer have to pay me my 12 weeks maternity leave as well? Or as we signed off on my 12mths unpaid maternity leave is that all I will be entitled to?
    Thank you

    • Hi SPL,

      Congrats on your pregnancy! Not long to go now!!

      Firstly, how tight of your employer!! I understand that there has to be some cutoff but two weeks! How disappointing that they couldn’t accommodate you in this circumstance.

      Secondly I am not really sure of what would happen if you were to go overdue. I would have assumed (though correct me if I am wrong) that you would already have an end date where you’ll be stopping work and this means that you won’t be ‘working’ for that extra time in any case. I would think that if you’ve already signed off on the unpaid leave then that’s what you’d get. It would be a good question to put to the HR department (if there is one) I would be interested to see what they say.

      I am just super disappointed that they couldn’t be a bit more flexible for you in the first place!

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help, all the best for the weeks and months (and years!) ahead. Take care of yourself xx

      • Thank you for your reply. My Maternity leave start date was 9th January, so 2 weeks before baby is ‘due’ (i had been given 2 due dates a week apart and they went with the earlier one) but my 12mths in the position would have been 8th February, and if baby was due on or after that I would have been entitled..

        I didnt know that they could choose to waive the (just over) 2 weeks- I just thought I was lucky that they would have held my position for my 12 months unpaid leave as I hadnt been with the company for the year.

        I might email HR and ask – thats if the baby does decide he/she wants to bake a little longer!

        Thanks for your help 🙂

        • Hi SPL.

          Thanks for clearing that up. And if you hear back from your HR I would be interested to know how it all works in this situation.

          You are right – you are lucky to have been offered maternity leave – I suppose they didn’t really have to do that given that technically you hadn’t made the 12 months. So they have made allowances for you there – just didn’t want to extend it that little bit further and pay you too! It is always up to the company (as long as they aren’t taking away your entitlements) and there’s room to negotiate. But perhaps your bosses have to follow through on policy put in place by head office or something (if it is a larger company, I imagine they can be very black and white on issues like this).

          Anyway, thanks again! Let us know.

  106. Hi
    I’m a bit confused about the double dipping – could you please clarify? Does it mean that government must pay 18 weeks but employer can provide extra if they wish, but are not required to? and do many employers pay more than minimum wage rate?

    Thank you

    • Hi Soph12! Thanks for your comment.’Double-dipping’ was the government’s way of describing the current situation where a woman might be eligible for the government’s Parental Leave Pay as well as parental leave offered by their employer. The government does not believe that woman who receive employer leave pay should receive the government pay as well.

      Not all employers offer maternity leave payments. In fact, many do not. And they are not obliged to. An employer IS obliged to offer 12 months maternity leave (which is just leave, as in time off work, not paid leave) to workers who are entitled to receive it. If a company DOES provide paid maternity leave, the amount would vary from company to company. It is often a certain number of weeks at full pay (or twice at half pay). You would have to check with your employer as to exactly what they offer.

      At the moment, even if your employers DOES offer paid maternity leave, you can still access the government’s Parental Leave Pay (provided you meet all the eligibility criteria). This is 18 weeks at the minimum wage.

      Hope this helps clear things up for you! Take care xx

  107. Hi there,

    I’m expecting with my first child and it’s all very exciting!!

    We’re in the middle of all the planning and I’m wondering about the PPL – does my husband’s salary affect my eligibility to receive the PPL?

    Thanks,

    Kate

    • Hi Kate. Congrats on your pregnancy! Yes, very exciting times!

      The Parental Leave Pay is based on your salary only. You need to 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.

      Hope this helps. Take care xx

  108. This is all really helpful info- thank you!

    I am due with my first baby in late march 2017. I’m hoping to claim PPL (together with a limited amount of employer funded leave) shortly after that to help fund a year away from paid work.

    My issue is that I haven’t yet lodged my 2015-2016FY tax, mostly because I know I will have a large tax debt to pay. Is it possible to apply for PPL without having lodged your previous year’s tax? And/or, am I still eligible to get PPL if I have a tax debt that I’m slowly paying off to the ATO with a payment plan?

    • Hi Ora, Thanks for your comment and congratulations on your pregnancy.

      I am so sorry that I’ve taken so long to reply. I’ve been away for Christmas and we had no phone or internet access. Yes! Such a place still exists in Australia. Was nice to hear the phone start beeping on our drive home though!

      Anyway – perhaps you’ve already found the answer to your question. If you have please let us know. Because I am afraid I am not sure of the answer myself. I would GUESS however that you WOULD need to lodge your tax return in order to apply for the Parental Leave Pay. I cannot see anything in the eligibility criteria that says you cannot apply if you have a tax debt. I would think that if you’re eligible, then you are eligible. The very worst thing that could happen (and I doubt it would) would be that they’d use the PPL to pay your tax debt off. I really don’t think that is what would happen though.

      Please if you do get an answer come back to let us know.

      All the best for the coming months. Take care xx

  109. Hi bubhub!

    We are currently pregnant with our second baby, and I had planned on working until 37/38 weeks and then taking my 14 weeks maternity leave from work, and then topping it up to 18 with the PPL before returning to work.
    However!
    This pregnancy is having some problems and I doubt my doctor will allow me to continue to work that late, and I doubt I will be physically able to either.
    My question is:

    Can I claim my 14 weeks of maternity and then claim full PPL (of which I will only need about 9/10 weeks)?

    We had everything planned out so well, but now with these problems and with government debating about limiting PPL so women can only ‘top-up’ to 18 weeks (and not double-dip. sheesh), I’m pretty stressed. Did the new PPL legislation pass?

    Sara

    • Hi Sara! Congrats on your pregnancy – sorry to hear that you’re having some issues.

      And all this government double-dipping talk probably isn’t helping either!

      So far though, nothing has changed so you are still able to access both if you’re eligible.

      There is one thing though. To be eligible for the PPL you cannot have more than 8 weeks off work without pay in a row. If you finish work due to pregnancy complications you might have more than 8 weeks off. If so you can apply for circumstances. You’ll need a letter from your doctor to confirm that you’re unable to work as well as a letter from your employer to confirm that you had intended to work up until you were 37/38 weeks. There’s some more info here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/work-test-parental-leave-pay

      Also – I am pretty sure that you can’t get your Parental Leave Pay before the baby is due so perhaps you will have to talk to your employer about using your maternity leave to help fund your time off before your baby arrives. I am not really sure of how that works exactly.

      I hope this has helped somewhat. Sorry that I took so long to reply. I have been on my Christmas break in a place where there was no internet or mobile access! Was a big change!

      Take care. Rest up! xx

      • Thank for getting back to me! Gosh all these guidelines get confusing.

        Does it still count as time off without pay if I am receiving maternity leave from my employer?

        I was planning on using my maternity leave up first, because my pay rate is higher than the ppl scheme. So I would use my 14 weeks (starting from 34/36 weeks gestation at the earliest) and when that runs out switch to ppl for 9 or ten weeks.

        • Hi Sara! Yes – so confusing! As far as I know it has to be unpaid leave so if you’re being paid then you’re still technically employed and should meet the work test. I’m not 100 per cent sure on that though. I know it to be the case if you’re on holidays for example and taking annual leave. I’m not sure that it applies to maternity leave but I would think it should.

          In any case if you’re leaving at 34 weeks you should still make it within the 8-week limit. And if you don’t, then you can always still get those letters from doctor/employers to make sure.

          Can I ask why you’re not applying for the full rate of Parental Leave Pay? Are you expected back at work?

          • I work in the school system, so I will only take term 2 and term 3 off and be back at work for the start of term 4- I was only going to take half of term 2 but my pelvic floor muscles and vaginal walls have collapsed so I’m already on strict lifting and exercise restraints. I’m a bit nervous about losing my job altogether if I take more time off than that; I feel that this way, if I am back for term 4 of this year, there has to be a very good reason to not renew my contract for the 2018 school year.

            My husband and I were both fired from our jobs (same employer) when we found out we were pregnant with our first child. I had no symptoms and was still working 12 hour days without a problem. We ended up homeless for a while. I ended up finding work, and still managing to deal with our horses even though heavily pregnant, and we got back on our feet. This time around we have a mortgage!!
            I know several women that have been fired too, or lied to about being able to work pregnant and unfortunately, the women believed them. I’ve been able to help them out with the legality around that… If I have problems this time you can bet I’ll be a bit more vicious! haha

          • Oh wow. That’s terrible – not to mention illegal. Glad to hear that you’re now able to help others out though, after your experience. And yes, I imagine you’ll be right on it if anyone tries anything like that again! Good for you!

            Hope it all goes well. Take care xx

  110. Hi,

    I had my first son in September 2016. I’m due to go back to work 1st of March 2017. We would like to plan to have baby number 2 in the next month or so (we would like a very close age gap!) My question is, if I’ve claimed ppl for September 2016…..could I then claim again one year later in September 2017? I will have been back to work only 6 months since last ppl. Sorry if that is confusing….

    • Hi Jess! That is a little confusing 🙂 But it all good. The good news is that you can claim previous periods of Parental Leave Pay as ‘work’. So if you work backwards from September you’ll have worked for six months (if you start in March) and have four months of Parental Leave Pay (which means you’ll meet the rule that means you need to work 10 out of the 13 months before the due date of Baby #2). The only problem is the gap between the Parental Leave Pay and starting back at work. I am thinking that you’ll have almost two months unpaid between Parental Leave Pay running out and work starting. The rule is that you cannot have more than 8 consecutive weeks of unemployment if you want to be eligible. As I’m not sure of your exact dates, I cannot really tell if you’d have more or less than 8 weeks. It is worth making sure that it is less than 8 weeks otherwise you’ll miss out.

      Hope this helps. Come back to ask more questions if you have them. All the best xx

  111. Hi, great to see this post. A quick question,  who pays for the paid parental leave? it says that its govt funded but then theres option for employers to pay it through centrelink? just wondering if my employer has to do anything from their end before I make a claim?

    many thanks

    • Hi mlove! Happy to help 🙂

      First of all the government provides the money to pay for Parental Leave Pay.

      BUT – in most circumstances – they provide it to your employer who then distributes it to you in your usual pay cycle. They do it like this because it is a taxable income and your employer can calculate how much tax is normally taken out (as well as anything else they take out for you – HELP debts etc).

      There are circumstances where your employer does NOT have to provide the payment – and it can come from Centrelink directly. Basically if you do NOT meet the criteria below:

      Your employer WILL provide your payment in your usual pay cycle if you:

      have worked for them for 12 months or more before the expected date of birth or adoption – for Australian Public Service (APS) employees, all APS employment is included in the employment period
      will be their employee until at least the end of your Paid Parental Leave period
      are an Australian-based employee, and
      expect to receive at least 8 weeks of Parental Leave Pay

      If you don’t meet these criteria, your employer WON’T BE REQUIRED to provide your payment. However, they can still choose to provide it to you if you both agree for this to happen.

      So – your employer does have some stuff to do – so you should have a chat with them before you make your claim. You’ll need to have a chat to them anyway to arrange your leave. This needs to be done at least 10 weeks before you intend to take leave.

      Here’s some more info on what employers are required to do: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/business/enablers/employers-responsibilities-paid-parental-leave-scheme

      Hope this helps somewhat – if you have further questions please come back to ask!

      Take care xx

  112. Hi everyone!
    I’m an independent consultant for direct sales company. When I start receiving PPL from the Government will I still be able to do Direct Selling? Or does it classify as a job or hobby?
    Thanks

    • Hi Aian! Thanks for your question but I am not 100 per cent sure on this one and I would hate to give incorrect advice. I know that in some cases these types of jobs are considered ‘hobbies’ as far as the tax office goes, but that doesn’t necessarily transfer over to Parental Leave Pay. I would be inclined to think that if you are earning money from this than it would be considered ‘paid work’ and they make it clear that you are not able to participate in ‘paid work’ while receiving Parental Leave Pay. BUT I could be SO wrong 🙂 Please give Centrelink a call to clarify this and if you do would you mind coming back to let us know what they say? A lot of others in your position would be very appreciative! Thanks and all the best xx

  113. Hi there!

    I’m so happy I’ve stumbled across this thread because I’ve been a bit confused about the PPL scheme- I hope my questions haven’t already been asked!

    I received the PPL payment 2 years ago with my first child.. I’m now planning the next bub and hoping to get pregnant around April next year. I haven’t worked since before my daughter was born but I’ve been wanting to start selling handmade goods from home as a little business-I sew baby clothes and toys.. Can anyone tell me if this counts as employment and if so, what paperwork is required to qualify me? I think there is a bit of a grey area between something like this being classed as a hobby or as an enterprise depending on the intention of making an income from it..
    My husband runs his own business as a sole trader carpenter and he suggested that he might be able to pay me to do his books as another option.. Any idea of what sort of documentation is required by centrelink is greatly appreciated! I’ve poured over the website but it doesn’t go into much detail and I was thinking I might need to make an appointment with them or maybe with an accountant?

    Many thanks for the info in this thread, it’s soo super helpful and greatly appreciated! Xx

    • Hi Tess! Glad to be of service. Turns out that you’re not the only one confused about PPL 🙂

      Looks like you’ve done your research already and you’re right about the hobby/business idea. It does all depend on the intention. And I am not really sure how you go about proving ‘intention’ in this instance. But if you were going down this track you would have to treat it like a business (register it, have appropriate paper work etc), log your hours (as you would need 330 hours in 10 months to be eligible for PPL and they could ask for proof of this) and work with the intention of making some money from this.

      You could also work for your husband. And again you would have to do it properly – document your hours etc.

      You can do two jobs and together if they add up to 330 hours then you can use them both to qualify. You just need to have worked 10 of the 13 months before the birth of your child, and 330 hours in that 10 month period, which is just over 1 day a week, with no more than an 8 week gap between 2 consecutive working days

      I’m sorry that I don’t know much about documentation. You would probably be best to just call centrelink to double check this. Please if they do clarify this I’d be very interested to know the answer so would love it if you could come back to let us know.

      Hope this helps a little. Take care xx

      • Thank you so much! I will call centrelink tomorrow and find out the nitty gritty and I’ll get back to you thanks again for taking the time to reply and for helping other mums like me make sense of it all! Xx

  114. Hi there,
    I am just wanting clarification on the 10 month period of work point. I am due on the 13th of March, have been working full time before now, finished on the 21st of November with two weeks annual leave, what is the date that I calify for the 10 months? and is annual leave considered as employment time?
    If I work in temp positions, is this classified as employment?
    Any clarification would be appreciated and recommendation of what I do at this point. Thank you.

    • Hi AB! Congrats on your pregnancy. Not tooooo much longer to go 🙂

      To answer your question … you have to have worked for 10 out of the 13 months prior to your due date. So with a due date of March 13 2017 that 13 month period began on February 2016 and ends on March 13. You need to have worked for 10 months within those dates without an unpaid break of more than 8 weeks. If you have had annual leave for the past two weeks then your ‘unpaid leave’ period starts this week. If you don’t work from now until your birth you won’t be eligible because you’ll have approx 12 weeks off in a row and you can’t have more than 8 weeks.

      Temporary positions can count though so if you pick up work between now and then you may still qualify – it does depend also on how many hours etc you do. It gets quite complicated and I’m not too sure about the specific. I would hate to give you wrong information.

      Also if you’ve finished work earlier than expected (not sure if this is the case in your situation or not but will mention it in case) you may be able to have special consideration. You need letters from your doctor and your employer.

      There is more detail on this page: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/work-test-parental-leave-pay

      And feel free to come back if you have any more questions.

      Thanks and all the best xx

      • Thank you for your reply, I can get temp work this month but am still a little confused as to the day I will need to work until if the baby is due on the 13th of March, I have already worked over 1,200 hours during the 13 month period from Feb 2016.

        Kind Regards

        • Hmmm…

          Actually, now that I’ve looked into this I am also a bit confused (I am sure that’s not what you want to hear!)

          Initially I thought this: that you have to meet the whole ‘no more than 8 weeks off unpaid’ criteria. That means that if you stop all work completely after January 16 then you should be eligible (because that is 8 weeks).

          But if you have already met the requirement within the first 10 months (Feb 13-Dec 13) of the 13-month period, does it matter that you take 3 months off before the birth? I really can’t say with certainty. Sorry!!! You should definitely check with them. None of the examples on the link I gave you account for this situation (taking more than 8 weeks at the end) so it isn’t exactly clear.

          Please if you do get clarification on this from Centrelink please come back to let us know!

          Thanks and sorry that I couldn’t be of more help!

          • Hi, I agree and none of the examples show casual workers who have many gaps throughout the year etc, which I think would help clarify things

          • Hi, just letting you know you were correct in the initial thought, you cannot have more that eight weeks
            (52 days) in the entire 13 month period, so that means you have to work up to eight weeks before the baby is due even if is a day or two and you qualify in other areas.

          • Hi AB! Thanks for coming back to clarify this! I am a little relieved – yesterday I started to think about all the people I’d told that to! I started to feel really bad in case I had misled them.

            Hope this info helps you too. Does that mean you’ll need to pick up some casual work in January to qualify? Hope it all goes well for you. Thanks again for coming back and letting us all know. Take care xx

  115. Hi,

    Help some advice, I am 14 weeks preg 🙂 and the due date is 31st May 2017.
    i am royally confused abt how the paid parental leave works.
    Currently i have a full time job and have my own partnership business too. i atleast work abouot 15hrs minimum a week on my business from home. its fairly at a start up state. Due to my health i am thinking of resigning end on Jan 2017 and work on my business from home.
    Can i still be eligible for self employed paid parent leave ???
    what kinda doc or proof is required.
    Appreciate some advice.
    thankyou heaps
    regards.
    KY

  116. Hi. I’m not sure if I’m just having a moment but i just wanted to clarify around my entitlement to government paid parental leave and job security. I meet the working requirements but i might potentially be changing employers and I’m only 5 weeks pregnant. If this happens and i only want to take the 18 week government paid parental leave, and intend on returning straight after, will my new employer of less than 12 months still have to keep my job available for me to return to? I understand they don’t have to when you are taking additional maternity leave and have been with them for less than 12 months, but i only want the government PPL 18 weeks leave. Thank you

    • Hi Meg – congrats on your pregnancy! Very exciting! Now, you are not just having a moment. That is a very good question.

      Ultimately your employer can decide whether or not to allow you to take this leave. Technically if you change employers you are not entitled to maternity leave as you haven’t worked there for 12 months. But thankfully it is not cut and dry like the government’s Parental Leave Pay – you can negotiate leave with your employers and if they’re happy for you to take the time off (it is unpaid leave, as far as they are concerned) and they’re happy to have you return to your job once that period is over then that is fine. So, technically they don’t HAVE to but if they want to they can allow this.

      Hopefully it works out. You’ll need to have the conversation with them fairly early on. You should apply at least 10 weeks before your due date.

      Hope this helps. All the best for the coming months. Look after yourself xx

  117. hi, i was wondering if you could help with a question. i tried to ask in person while at centrelink but i was met with a blank stare and just told i could apply for paid parental leave on their computers or at home :/

    i was wondering if i calculated my work from the beginning of the 13 month period, if i complete the hours within this time frame and end the 10 month period with a 8 week unpaid break, since it is not more than 8 weeks will i still meet the work requirements?

    i was put into a siutation where i needed to finish up work to complete my university unpaid internship so was unable to continue to work.

    if you are unsure- will centrelink verify that i meet the work requirements before approving my application?

    i submitted it yesterday but i am worried that i would not meet the requirements even though i put down that i did and dont want to be put into a position where i end up owing them money if i do no actually meet the work requirements.

    thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions-which is more than i can say for some of the centrelink workers :/

    • Hi kj

      Congrats on your pregnancy and sorry for the slow reply!! I would not worry. The rule is that it should be no more than 8 weeks so if it was exactly 8 weeks then you should be fine. Once they approve it, it will be approved so I wouldn’t worry about them changing their mind after the fact either.

      Sounds like it is all getting close. Best of luck xx

      • thank you so much for the reply!

        i really appreciate you taking the time to reply and helping calm some of my first baby stress!

        not long out all. im counting down the days 🙂

        • No worries kj! The last thing you need now is to stress about money! Best of luck for the coming days and weeks (and months and years too!). Enjoy your precious newborn and this short but beautiful time in both your lives. xx

  118. Hi all, just wondering if I’m eligible for the ppl? I’ve worked 30-40 hours a week for most weeks for the last 3 years, but I have changed jobs several times during the last 10 months. I was also unemployed for 10 days at the start of the year (within the 13 month period) I have also taken unpaid leave (as had no annual or sick days saved) during this time, but have always returned to work after, so always employed if that makes sense. I am about to take a position with less hours (20-30) a week but there will be a 2 week unpaid gap as they close over Christmas. I intend on working until the baby is due in this new position and my employer is very supportive of the pregnancy. I am very scared though that I won’t be eligible seeing as I have had short terms of leave without pay during this time. (shortest being a day, longest will be 2 weeks)

    Hope this makes sense!

    • Hi Paige! Congrats on your pregnancy. Sounds like you’ve had a busy year!

      The good news is that I would definitely be applying for the Parental Leave Pay if I were you.

      From what you have described above you should meet the “Work Test”. The two things you’re concerned about – the different jobs and the periods of unpaid leave – should still be fine. It is of no consequence to the Parental Leave Pay that you have changed jobs. And as long as you are not out of work for more than eight weeks consecutively then this is fine also.

      So, as long as you meet all the other criteria (income test etc) then you should be right.

      The only issue is – not related directly to Parental Leave Pay – is that your current employer is not obliged to give you maternity leave (that is just the entitlement to take the time off (at least 12 months off), it is not to do with money). Usually an employee must be working for the company for at least 12 months to be eligible. Luckily though, this is flexible and up to the employer to make a decision. Sounds like you have a very supportive employer, so you may have already worked something out.

      All the best xx

  119. Hi! Thanks for all the assistance on the various questions you have been provided here!
    I try to read a similar case to my question but couldnt find it so decided to ask you myself 🙂
    Im 34 weeks pregnant and entitled to paid leave as I worked full time non-stop for the past years.
    However my husband does not have a paid job for the past year. He will be involved on the baby care so I was wondering wheter he is entitled to any goverment payment?

    Thanks again for the help!

    • Hi Juli!

      Thanks your question and congratulations on your pregnancy.

      The most obvious payment for Dads is the Dad and Partner Pay (it is two weeks at minimum wage) but to receive this payment you must have been working. There are some exemptions to this and as I am not sure why your husband hasn’t had a paid job I will include them here in case he falls into on of these categories:

      The following activities also count as work:

      – employment at an Australian Disability Enterprise
      – operating a business while receiving assistance under the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
      – farm labour or operating a business while receiving an Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment
      – jury service, and
      – Defence Reservist work

      Periods of workers’ or accident compensation or similar payments related to employment can also count as work.

      Otherwise there is not much, given that you are the primary carer. If you go back to work early – before the 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay are over – you may be able to transfer the remainder of your leave to him.

      And if you both aren’t earning much once your baby is born I would also investigate your eligibility for Family Tax A and B.

      Hope that helps. Take care xx

  120. This scheme is so discriminatory. The mother is initially considered the primary carer. If the female is a high income earner the father cannot get anything. But if the mother is married to a high income earner she can still get the payment. This policy just encourages mothers to be the ones that have to stay home and it’s ridiculous that the real assessment is only on the mothers income.

  121. Hi there,

    I am due 20 November, and I’ve worked over 330 hours from 2 November 2015 to 11 August 2016 casually. It is 41 weeks and 9 1/2 months.

    Am I eligible to get the PPL?

    Thanks!!

    • Hi Kim! Congrats on your pregnancy! Almost there. Very exciting!

      Unfortunately though I don’t think I have very good news for you. You are probably not eligible because you must be working continuously for 10 out of the 13 months before your due date (and you worked just less than that) – with no more than an eight-week gap on not working. You stopped work in August so that is about 12 weeks.

      The 8-week gap is based on not being employed – ie unpaid. So if you had paid leave after that August 11 date then you can count that as being employed.

      Also if you stopped work due to pregnancy complications and you would have otherwise continued working to a point where you would have been eligible then you may still be (with letters from your doctor and employer).

      Otherwise if you aren’t then you should investigate your eligibility for Family Tax Benefits and the Newborn Supplement and Upfront Payment. It isn’t as much as the Parental Leave Pay but it is better than nothing and will help with baby-related expenses.

      All the best for these next weeks… Take care xx

  122. Does anyone know if you’re eligible to the paid parental entitlements if you’ve worked over 330 hours but over an 8-9month period or do the hours have to be spread over 10 months? I am due mid April 2017 and was working three days a week up until 20tj October but have now moved to a remote town with limited work. I also got paid out 50hours annual leave.
    Any help would be great.

    • Hi Jade,

      Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question.

      I am afraid though that if you don’t work from now on you will not meet the ‘work test’ – basically because the rule is that you must be in paid employment for 10 out of the 13 months without a break of more than eight weeks. If it has been less than eight weeks since you left your job you might still be eligible if you found work in the new town you’re living in.

      If not, you should investigate your eligibility for Family Tax Benefit A – which includes a newborn supplement after the birth of a baby. It isn’t much compared to the Parental Leave Pay but is better than nothing.

      Sorry I couldn’t have brought you better news! Take care xx

  123. Hi there,

    My son was born in September 2013 and that time I was not aware that I can apply for the paid parental leave. Is there anyway that I can submit a claim now? I got the paid maternity leave by my employer. Any suggestions please.
    Thanks

    • Hi Nikki,

      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but unfortunately you must claim and be paid Parental Leave Pay within a year of the child’s birth.

      If you were eligible for that perhaps you are also eligible for other payments that you don’t currently claim for. Check your eligibility for Family Tax Benefit if you don’t already receive it. If you are eligible you can claim a lump sum payment for the previous financial year.

      Here’s some more info: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/family-tax-benefit

      And here’s our article on all the family benefits in Australia: http://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/guide-to-government-family-benefit-payments/

      Hope this helps! Sorry i didn’t have better news.

      Take care

      • Thanks for your reply. No one told us about this and it was first pregnancy. Called Centerlink and he applied for dad parental leave. Shouldn’t Centerlink will send some letter about this if people are eligible.

        • Hi Nikki, Thanks for coming back to say thanks. It is more than a shame to hear that you’ve missed out on this. Usually there is information in the pack the hospital supplies – with the info about registering your baby. But you would think centrelink would have mentioned it during your phone call about dad and partner pay! I also wonder why your employer didn’t let you know also. You would think they’d be across this as well. So sorry. Take care xx

  124. Hi there,
    Firstly I think it’s great that you are answering lots of questions and concerns that people have, so I want to thank you in advance for responding to my question. I had my daughter on the 21st September (and am still in the newborn haze) I am fortunate enough to get 14 weeks full pay from my employer, which I am taking at 28 weeks half pay. I had intended starting to receive the govt parental leave at the beginning of March as that is when my employer maternity leave ends. From your understanding, is the January 1st start date (if implemented) for babies born after that date or would it apply to anyone intending to take leave after January 1st even if their baby was born prior to that date. I’d rather not receive the two payments at the same time, but obviously would prefer that to missing out altogether. In every article I’ve read from all the newspapers, it doesn’t clarify this, so if you can, I would be extremely grateful. Thanks.

    • Hi Tanya! Congratulations on your new baby girl! It is a bit of a haze but a wonderfully special time as well.

      And thanks also for your appreciation – I wrote this blog post to help simplify things for Australian parents – but I did not anticipate that I would become a bit of a self-appointed question-answerer 🙂 Perhaps I should ask Centrelink for a commission! Of course though I am happy to help!

      Unfortunately though I’m not an expert and I can’t say really what the details of this legislation might be. Especially as it is all still to pass through parliament and is up for negotiation.

      The latest news on it though is that Turnbull has suggested that there is room for negotiation with regard to the Jan 1 start date. The alternate start dates are April 1, July 1 and Oct 1.

      My thoughts are that, if this does get through, the date won’t be January 1.

      If you’re really worried though you could just receive both payments at the same time – pop the PPL in an online saving account and let it earn some interest until March. Might end up with a couple of dollars extra as a bonus 🙂

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more assistance. All the best with your new bub. Look after yourself xx

      • Thanks for your response- you should ask Centrelink for a commission- your responses are quicker and more knowledgeable than most answers given by them With an active three year old, the newborn haze is definitely more of a juggling act this time around Thanks again and take care!

  125. Hi, I have a question about the paid parental leave. My employer tops up my government parental leave to my base pay up to 18 weeks but will only do this for the first 18 weeks. If I am not eligible for the government leave then they will pay the full pay for 18 weeks. With the proposed government changes, I am unsure whether I will be eligible for government leave and plan to only apply a few months after my baby is born. If my company pays me parental leave and then later I find out I am eligible for government paid leave, does this mean the payments will then go directly to my company and they absorb it instead of paying it out to me?

    Thanks

    • Hi there! Congrats on your pregnancy.

      Thanks a tough one and I’m not sure of the answer. I would think that if you were to apply after already receiving the full amount from your employer they could ask you to repay the amount to them that you were overpaid. I’m not sure exactly how they could go about doing this (if they could just absorb the PPL – not sure).

      It all depends on what the government decides to do of course. Depending on your baby’s due date you should have a bit of notice before it changes (if indeed it does change at all).

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Let me know if you have further questions. Take care xx

  126. Hi I’m just enquiring,
    I’m currently 13 weeks pregnant and have been put on bed rest for 4 weeks and possible wont beable to go back to work? As I was , I was currently working average 22hrs a week for the last 1.5 years. Could I still get the leave ? If I get a letter from my doctor? As I have no control over this ?
    Thank you

    • Hi Mandy, Congrats on your pregnancy. Sorry to hear that things haven’t gone smoothly. All the best for the months ahead.

      There are provisions for those people who were unable to meet the Work Test Requirements because of premature birth or pregnancy complications. The Human Services website uses this case study as an example:

      Pregnancy related complications and the work test

      Patricia returned to work full time as a nurse on 30 June 2015 after taking 2 years of unpaid leave to care for her first child. Her second child was due on 3 June 2016. Due to pregnancy induced high blood pressure, her doctor required her to undertake bed rest to help prevent a premature birth. She went on unpaid leave from 31 January 2016. Patricia had intended to work up to 4 May 2016, but her pregnancy related complications stopped her from doing this. Her baby is born on 30 May 2016.

      Patricia didn’t work after 31 January 2016. This would normally mean she doesn’t meet the work test because there is more than an 8 week gap between 2 consecutive work days during the 10 month period. However, the gap was caused by pregnancy related complications and Patricia was able to provide evidence that her doctor required her to undertake bed rest and evidence from her employer that she had intended to continue working until 4 May 2016.

      Patricia meets the work test.

      So in that scenario she had more than 3 months off work and was still able to access Parental Leave Pay – she had evidence from her doctor and her employer.

      So if I were you I would get evidence now from you doctor just to document the four weeks of bed rest now (just in case you need it later). If you return to work afterward then you should be fine to claim as normal. If you do not return to work you will have to get another letter from your doctor stating why and for how long plus a letter from your employer.

      Hope this makes sense. Take care xx

      I wouldn’t know

  127. Hi, I am due to start receiving paid parental leave this week. My employer is waiting for the final details from Centrelink to commence payments. However my employer has just emailed saying they have been notified of a daily rate, therefore as I was three days a week leading up to the birth, I will only be paid for three days at the daily rate provided by Centrelink. Is this correct? I was under the impression I am eligible for the full weekly rate?

    Many Thanks, Jess

    • Hi Jess,

      Your employer is incorrect. You should get the full amount and the government will pay your workplace that amount. They have to then pay it over to you in your usual pay cycle (taking out tax etc).

      You might have to get them to reread their paperwork.

      Hope it gets sorted out quickly for you!

      All the best xx

  128. Hi,
    I just want to make sure I’m 100% clear as to whether I qualify for paid parental leave.
    I currently work full time 3 days a week (approx 22.5 hours per week) and full under the $150,000 p.a – i understand I will qualify if i continue to work up until 10 weeks before my baby is due? (or have I got this part wrong?)
    Will my husband be paid by the government on paternity leave if he takes 2 weeks off after the birth?

    Also is this something I have to go to centrelink to discuss? Sorry not 100% sure on all this stuff its our first!!

    • Hi! Congrats on your pregnancy. All very exciting!

      And it can be very confusing – especially when it is your first – that’s why we’ve written this post (and why there are so many questions on it!).

      Basically it sounds like you will be eligible for the paid parental leave although you’ll need to continue to work at least until 8 weeks before your due date (unless of course baby is premature or there are pregnancy-related issues that mean you have to stop earlier). The rule is that you have to work for 10 out of the 13 months before the due date (with no more that an 8-week consecutive gap of not-working).

      If your husband takes two weeks leave without pay then he should be eligible to receive the Dad and Partner Pay too.

      Also – you have to figure out whether you’re entitled to maternity leave – this isn’t money but the right to take time off from your job (12 months) and have you position available for you when you return. This is something you need to talk to your work about too. They need at least 10 weeks notice (perhaps this is where you got the 10 weeks idea from).

      Also you can start your application for PPL now and check your eligibility online. You will then only have to update it when your baby is born to begin receiving the payment.

      Hope this helps. Come back and ask more questions if you have them.

      All the best xx

  129. Hi!
    These proposed changes are causing me and my family so much anxiety. I am due mid Feb, and I had been relying on receiving the government paid paternity leave as well as my work parental leave. I get 14 weeks with my employer that I will do a half pay. Which really isn’t much money and is definitely a struggle. I was really looking forward to taking nearly a full 12 months off, and spending some time with my family, actually getting to do the school drop off’s ect and enjoy my new baby, and not return to work when they are really young.
    We cannot afford to be without the second wage so if the paid parental leave is cut I will have to return to work early and put my new baby in child care.
    I really hope they at least reconsider not affecting any families currently expecting, as it’s unfair to those of us that were anticipating the income, and to have this cut just a few short months before we are expecting… well it just feels mean!
    Everyone knows it is an expensive, challenging venture having children and the support of the government is so valuable.

    • Hi Nickie, thanks for your comment and congrats on your pregnancy. I have a February baby (although he’s not a baby anymore!).

      I agree completely. The last thing expectant parents need is uncertainty and anxiety. I hope that they rethink this, especially the Jan 1 start date.

      In the meantime you could try writing to your local member to voice your concerns. And drum up some support from friends or family too. Worth a shot!

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us and all the best. Take care xx

  130. Hi!

    The Paternity Trap is all about raising awareness to the lack of men taking paternity leave in Australia. There are so many benefits that accompany taking paternity leave and yet only 1 in 50 men actually utilise it. Ultimately, we would like to challenge the current policies that only allow men (who actually take paternity leave) 2 weeks with their new born! If we compare this to Sweden, which has 90 days reserved for the father out of their parental leave and Portugal, which allow 120 days leave at 100% salary, it is obvious that we need to catch up! Along with this, it is also important to address why so few men are taking paternity leave.

    If you have any ideas/thoughts, feel free to check out The Paternity Trap’s social media pages and blog. Your support can help spread the word!

    https://www.facebook.com/ThePaternityTrap
    https://twitter.com/PaternityTrap
    https://thepaternitytrap.wordpress.com

    Thank you for your time!

  131. Hi,
    Just wondering whether you know any more information regarding new changes to paid parental leave- expected to start January 2017. I work for an employer where I am entitled to maternity leave through work. I am due at the end of January 2016 and I was counting on using this money and the paid parental leave to be able to stay at home for 12 months with my first baby. I am about to complete my leave requests with work, however, this could throw a spanner in the works, as there is no way we could survive on my Husbands wage only for 12 months. The uncertainty of the current news articles are causing real anxiety for me.
    Thanks

    • Hi Teagan, Congratulations on your pregnancy. Sorry that this is causing you anxiety. It is unfair of the government to announce this as a measure that could be introduced in January. It is the last thing pregnant mothers need to be worrying about.

      Honestly I don’t know what will happen but this isn’t in any way set in stone. The Labor Party has said they will not support this and so have a few of the independents. Even if it does get through parliament it will still have to get through the senate. They tried before and it took months and never happened. I would be very surprised if it happened quickly this time – or at all.

      And I’m crossing my fingers that it won’t too. I find it unfair that they’d attempt to bring something in that would affect those people who are currently pregnant. Hopefully we will know for sure soon enough so that you and the many others in your situation can stop worrying.

      Take care xx

      • Hi,

        I am due I am due in 5 days and have submitted my claim which has been approved but I nominated a start date of 9th of January. Would I be affected by this if it does go through the senate? Would it be worthwhile to just have a start date as soon as baby arrives? If so is it possible to change the start date?

        • Hi Anna!

          Getting close now – how exciting!

          I’m assuming that you’re able to access employer-based maternity leave which is why your start date is not for a while. And why you’re concerned about the recent stuff in the news (which only affects parents who are able to claim employer-based leave pay as well as the government’s).

          So, this is a tough one. At first I thought ‘yes’ I would change it – even just a week earlier. Better safe than sorry you know … But you I’m sure you’ve got a good reason for starting it on that date and probably don’t really want to change it.

          So on second thoughts I’m not sure I’d bother. Firstly, this has to go through parliament etc and it doesn’t look like it will get the support and even if it does it may not be very quick. Secondly, they’d have to be pretty cruel and thoughtless to take it away from someone who has already been approved for it. You would think that it wouldn’t be possible.

          I would leave it for now and see how this pans out. If it looks like coming in – I’d chat to centrelink if I were you and confirm whether you would be affected.

          Hope this helps xx

  132. Hi there,

    Thanks for your help with all other comments.

    I am due end of Jan and hope to apply for PPL early November if possible. I am a sole trader and have worked from home for the last year or so. My question is, does it matter that I was out of the country for more than 2 months during that time? I was still working on my sole trader business while away and will have invoices to show that. But these invoices are also not consistent as my line of work moves in ebs and flows!

    Any advice?

    Thank you so much

    • Hi Niamh! Congrats on your pregnancy!

      I am sorry but I haven’t been able to find much info there on the impact of leaving the country. I do know that if you are technically ’employed’ (not on unpaid leave or between jobs) during that time it shouldn’t matter but I can’t say with certainty how Centrelink will view this considering that you were out of the country.

      Definitely worth checking with them though. I would think that you should be fine (as long as you meet all the other criteria).

      Just another thing though, you may know this already, but even if you apply for the PPL in November you can’t complete your application (and therefore receive payments) until after the baby’s birth.

      Hope this all make sense.

      Take care xx

  133. I have a curly one for you.
    I contract to a government body/ non for profit to facilitate a grant project, equivalent of one day a week. I started the position 1/1/2016 before I knew I was pregnant and the contract is for 3 years, and I just renewed my contract for the next funding cycle prior to the birth and will be invoiced by my employer every 2 months (Oct/Dec/Feb). It’s a low paid job and I technically didn’t have it for 10 months prior to bubs arriving, but I work the other 4 days in a family business. I am taking leave from this business. We could really do with the PPL but I can’t find any info about 2 jobs and whether we could qualify as my partner would care for the baby whilst I fulfilled my facilitator role. It seems you can only transfer full weeks between carers, not days.

    From your responses and from what I have read, I’m not holding my breath.

    • Hi Anthea! Yes, that is quite a curly one!

      It seems as though the only thing stopping you from being eligible would be that facilitator role – as you aren’t able to do any paid work while receiving Parental Leave Pay. If there’s no way around that then I’m afraid you would not be able to receive it.

      BUT – there is one important thing! Parental Leave Pay is not all or nothing. You can receive one or two weeks worth if that’s all you’re taking off work. If you don’t work for a little while after the baby is born (and you meet all the other criteria, income test etc) then you can apply for Parental Leave Pay for that time. Not sure how your role works but could you combine a few days and do them three weeks or a month after bub is born? That way you could get a little bit of help for that time. Just an idea.

      Otherwise look at your eligibility for Family Tax Benefits (do that anyway) and if you’re eligible you can receive the Newborn Supplement and Upfront Payment instead of the Parental Leave Pay. It isn’t much but is might work out much the same as taking one week of Parental Leave Pay (as it wouldn’t be a taxable amount, and Parental leave Pay is)

      Oh, and as far as having two jobs though – that is fine for Parental Leave Pay – it doesn’t matter where you work as long as you are working.

      Hope this helps! Take care xx

      • Thank you 🙂
        I’m going to see what Centrelink say and will then approach my employer to see if I can juggle the invoice dates for my contract so I can claim some leave. Even if it’s only a few weeks.

  134. Hi. I have a question that I am struggling to find the answer too.
    I had worked for my previous employer for 2 years and quit at the end of August. I started my new job just 2 weeks later. I am due to have my first child early june. As that is only 7-8 months with my current company before the baby but only a 2 week break in between jobs does this mean i wont be eligible? Thank you.

    • Hi Tyla!

      Congrats on your pregnancy!

      There are two things to consider.

      1. Are you eligible for Parental Leave Pay? Yes, as far as the Work Test goes, you will have met the criteria. You need to work for 10 out of the 13 months before your baby is born to be eligible. You cannot have a break of unpaid leave more than 8 weeks. It doesn’t matter if you work for one or two or more employers. It just matters that you have worked. Please check your eligibility with all the other criteria (there’s an income test etc) but as far as this goes, you should be eligible.

      2. Are you entitled to maternity leave from your job? So … maternity leave is different from the government’s Parental Leave Pay. Maternity Leave is the right to take 12 months off work following the birth of a baby and have the job waiting for you when you return. It is usually unpaid leave although some employers offer paid leave. To be entitled to leave you must have worked for your employer for 12 months and in your case you have only been there for 7 or 8 months. Technically then they do not have to give you maternity leave. You will still receive the government Parental Leave Pay (regardless of whether or not you return to work). The only real difference is that your employer does not have to hold your job open for you while you are away.

      Having said that though, maternity leave is flexible and is up to your employer – they can decide to offer it to you even though you haven’t been there 12 months. (Unlike parental leave pay which is the government and either yes or no).

      So decide whether you think you want to return to this job after 12 months (or however long) and then have a chat with your employer about maternity leave. Rest assured though that you should be eligible for the Parental Leave Pay (provided you meet all the other criteria).

      Hope this all makes sense! I started to ramble on a bit.

      Take care xx

  135. I apologise if this has been asked. I was reading through most of the previous comments and could not see an answer to my query.

    I hold a full time position from which I receive maternity leave. I also own and operate a small business which is home based with no employees.

    I have just had our 2nd child in September 2016 and plan on applying for the parental leave but have not applied as yet. In 6 weeks there is an expo on which is the biggest day of the year for my small business in terms of revenue and marketing.

    What are my options for my business attending this expo? Can I attend and apply for parental leave post event. Can I employ some-one to run my business at the expo? Any ideas would be appreciated.

    • Hi Verity! Thanks for your question and sorry for the slow reply. Also congrats on your new baby!!

      Having done a bit of reading to see if I can help you out I have come to the conclusion that your best option would be to employ someone to operate your business at the expo.

      The reason is that you can’t apply for parental leave after you have returned to work. And this one day would most likely count as having ‘returned to work’. I found that info on this page: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/claiming-parental-leave-pay

      There are some things called Keeping in Touch days but I don’t think this would really qualify. You can read more about them here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/keeping-touch-your-workplace-while-receiving-parental-leave-pay

      Anyway please check all this with Centrelink as I am no expert – just doing my best to help other parents navigate through the confusion!!

      Also – don’t leave it too long to apply. You have up to a year but the 18 weeks needs to be paid within that year. So if you apply with only two weeks left in the year you can only receive two weeks worth of parental leave pay.

      Hope that all makes sense. Take care xx

  136. Hi,
    Could someone please give me some advice, I am currently working for Queensland health and have been full time since November 2016 and casually before then. My contract runs out January 29th 2017 which would make me 35 weeks pregnant. I still haven’t got confirmation if they will be extending my contract or not. I was wondering would I be able to take maternity leave on the 27th January even if I would only have 2 days left of my contract? Any advice would be much appreciated.
    Thanks R

    • Hi March Baby!

      Thanks for your comment and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I am not quite sure if I can answer your question. Did you mean that you have been full time since November 2015 (rather than 2016)? If you I would assume that you are entitled to maternity leave. Maternity leave is just leave from your job – with the option to have it waiting for you when you return after 12 months. In most cases it is unpaid. Although as you work for the government they might have paid maternity leave in place also. I am not quite sure why you wouldn’t just work up until the end of your contract though? Weirdly the 29th is a Sunday so perhaps that’s the reason? I wouldn’t think that finishing before your contract ends would have an impact on your entitlement to leave – but that is maybe a conversation to have with the HR department. Maternity leave can be flexible if the employee is happy to accommodate you.

      The government’s parental leave pay though is different. But if you have worked for 10 out of the 13 months before your due date (full-time or casually) then you’ll be eligible (provided you meet all the other requirements). If you finished work at 35 weeks you’ll still be eligible. They won’t be concerned about whether or not your contract was up.

      I hope that I have given you some answers. If you have further questions or want to be more specific about your circumstances please feel free to post again.

      Thanks! xx

  137. Hi there.

    I’ve unfortunately found out that my role will be made redundant. I’m due on 7 December 2016 and at this stage my last day at work will be on 14 October. I have been continuously employed since July 2015. I have already lodged a claim with Centrelink but I’m worried that I won’t qualify for the government Parental Leave Pay anymore. Or do I just squeeze in because it’s not a full 8 weeks consecutively (technically just 7.5wks) since I will have stopped working before my baby is due? Your advice would be much appreciated! PS – my Dr advised that my baby is more than likely to arrive early due to medical reasons – I just don’t have a confirmed date.

    • Hi there! Sorry to hear about your redundancy – not what you need at this stage of your pregnancy I’m sure.

      Seeing as though you’ll still be under that 8 weeks ‘rule’ I would say you’d still be eligible for Parental Leave Pay. So that will be one less thing for you to stress about. Of course, check this all with Centrelink though.

      Take care xx

  138. Hey,
    I am working as a casual employee, and my due is on 7th of feb 2017. I was planning to leave work by the end of october. so can you please tell me if i would be eligible for paid parental leave.
    Thanks

  139. Hi,

    I seem to be getting lots of mixed messages from work colleagues who have had babies and centrelink themselves. So I’m wondering if you can help!!

    I am having my first baby in November – I’m entitled to 14 weeks (28 half pay) paid maternity leave from my employer and then I was going to take 7 weeks long service leave half pay – so all up 32 weeks half pay maternity leave – after the 32 weeks I’m planning on going back to work.
    I applied for this all before I was told that I would be able to get the governments paid parental leave.
    My question is, can I get the government payments whilst I’m getting my employer’s payments? (so both payments at the same time) I read on the comments here that yes you can…. and that people have.

    When I spoke to centrelink , they said that the payments cannot overlap and I would have to wait until my employer’s payments finished before I could get the government’s.

    I’m very nervous dealing with centrelink and their rules as I was once a student who had to pay back a lot of money because I didn’t claim properly :-/ ! I don’t want to ever do that again – especially with a new baby on the way !!

    Thanks heaps

    • Hi there! Congrats on your pregnancy!

      No wonder you are nervous! I had to pay back a centrelink debt when I was a student also so I understand that it’s important to check and double check.

      If Centrelink has said no then I would probably take their word for it to avoid any chance of having to repay a debt. I have seen the comment on this thread though and it seems that person has done it. But I guess Centrelink has the last say.

      So I’m assuming that you are committed now to the dates of your time off work. If so why not take your work’s maternity leave pay at full pay for 14 weeks and then take the government’s 18 weeks? That is still 32 weeks off work and you’re getting your full entitlement of pay. As you’ve only budgeted for half pay you can save the rest for a rainy day. And then you’ve still got all that annual leave up your sleeve if you need it later.

      Also remember that all full-time employees (who’ve worked for at least 12 months) are entitled to a year of maternity leave (unpaid) so if you do want to extend your leave you are entitled to.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. I hope this makes some sense. Let me know if you find out more.

      All the best xx

  140. Hi
    I have a question in regards to the employer paid maternity leave and government PPL.
    I am able to access 12 weeks of paid maternity leave from my employer, however my work year finishes at the beginning of December. So I will be on 12 weeks paid maternity leave from then.
    My bub is not due until 19th February. So that will mean there is a ten week gap.
    Will my employer paid maternity leave count towards the ‘paid leave’ clause in regards to the government PPL (no more than 8 weeks leave)?

    • Hi Chloe!

      Thanks for your question and congratulations on your pregnancy. This one is a tough one and I’m afraid I don’t know the answer. I would think that ‘yes’ this would count as it technically is paid leave and you are still ’employed’ by this company. Please double check this with Centrelink of course though. All the best xx

  141. Hi!

    I have a question regards to combined paid maternity leave and PPL.

    I have more than enough covered the hours required to be eligible for PPL, and well under the max amount to be earned, but I’m stuck on when I can finish up work? I have worked almost 4 years at this current job and I want to finish up as soon as I can to still be eligible for PPL – with needing to have 10/13 months before EDD (3rd March) Does that mean I can leave work pretty much exactly 3 months prior to EDD as I would have worked the 10/13 months required?? My last scan estimated to be due a week earlier now too, so new EDD 25th Feb, but I’m not sure which date the government will want me to go by?

    It’s all a bit confusing! If I go by original EDD of March 3, then 12 weeks prior is Dec 9, so it should be safe to leave from then or after correct?
    I should also be able to receive some form of maternity leave pay from my work, but I cant find any information about it, I just know I’ll get 1/2 when I leave and 1/2 when I return to work. I want to keep my options open by getting maternity leave, but I am not sure if I WILL end up returning back to work. So can I still get first half maternity leave pay to begin with if I am unsure of my return or not? And also get PPL?

    Thanks for your time!

    • Hi there! Congrats on your pregnancy!

      Firstly, to answer your last question, you are able to access the Government’s Parental Leave Pay as well as your employer’s paid leave (provided you meet eligibility criteria for both).

      Secondly, each company has different maternity leave policies so it will be best to talk to them – check with HR if they’re a bigger company – and they should be able to provide you with the details. I haven’t heard of a company doing that half/half thing before but I imagine it is because a fair proportion of people don’t return to work after the maternity leave. I also think it is unreasonable to expect someone to know for sure if they will or not before the baby is born. So many things change after the birth of a baby. So basically I think that if you are entitled to maternity leave pay from your work then you should be able to get the first half and still change your mind about returning – without consequence. You will need to ask them about this too.

      Lastly – your question about the Government Parental Leave Pay. One of the eligibility criteria is that you must work for the 10 out of 13 months without a break longer than 8 consecutive weeks (unpaid). That means you’ll have to work up until eight weeks before your due date. By my calculations that would mean you have to work until Dec 30 (going by the due date of Feb 25). If you’ve got annual leave owing you could extend this so you can leave earlier as annual leave counts as work under the ‘work test’ criteria.

      I would use the Feb 25 date myself if that is what the doctor is saying and you have the documentation that says that.

      Hope this all helps somewhat. Come back if you have further questions.

      I am not an expert in all this though and I am not affiliated with Centrelink so you should still check with them.

      All the best xx

  142. I have a question that I am wondering if you can help me with. I’m due at the end of the year but we will be flying back home to NZ for the birth. I am not sure how long We will be staying in NZ or even if We will return to Australia. Just wondering if I am still entitled to Paid parental leave and maternity leave if I am in NZ for the first year of baby’s life? I have been working full time for 4 years in the same job, the job also offers amateur its leave.

  143. We are trying to have another baby after having a miscarriage earlier this year. We have paid parental leave in our enterprise agreement as well but I’m worried now that we won’t cross the line before all the changes come through. Are you aware when they are going to change so they can stop what they are calling “double dipping”?
    Thanks!!

    • Hi Letshope. Sorry to hear about your loss.

      You will be happy to hear that the government has given up on this whole ‘double-dipping’ business. They couldn’t get it through parliament when they first tried and this year they shelved the plan.

      So we won’t see this happening during this Government’s term at least. thank goodness 🙂

      Here’s some more info: http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/turnbull-government-shelves-changes-to-paid-parental-leave/news-story/c25c4a06ad6226d578493ee315eb2061

      Wishing you all the best. Take care xx

      • Hi there, I have read that they are once again trying to push to get rid of PPL double dipping as of 20th sept 2016. The article said that they would be going to Sennate again soon with the proposed changes, is that right? I’m on pins at the moment as due in Jan and have 10 days till i can apply for the PPL!!

        • Hi Becky. I have just tried to find some info on this for you and I couldn’t find anything much reported in the mainstream media. But I did read probably the same thing you did – about the social services minister saying they will still try to get this through. Ugh! So frustrating. I don’t blame you for worrying but I wouldn’t be too concerned about it affecting you. Even if they DO get this through the senate it will probably take a while and in the past when they’ve made changes like this they do not come into affect immediately. Usually – like when they cut the Baby Bonus – they did so after a timeframe that would allow people who were currently pregnant to still be able to access it before the changes. Hopefully this will be the same. Fingers crossed. All the best xx

  144. I’m a sole trader & I work from home. My business is doing really well & brings in twice the wage my husband makes. My husband has worked for the same company for 10+ years and has long service leave built up. Because I run my own business and don’t employ anyone to assist me, ideally if we were to have a baby, financially it would make sense for my husband to take maternity leave to be the primary carer, and the business I’ve worked hard at establishing could continue to operate without losing clients (hopefully!). My question is, is my husband able to receive the paid parental I would otherwise be paid if I chose to be the primary carer. Yes, he has long service built up, so we can use that, but can he get the 14-16 weeks leave?

    • Hi Ando,

      Congrats on your pregnancy and also on the business! Sounds like you’ve got a good thing going.

      You are able to transfer some or all of your Parental Leave Pay (it is 18 weeks pay at minimum wage) as long as you are eligible yourself. There’s more information here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/transferring-parental-leave-pay-1

      And it appears as though your husband would also be entitled to leave (as in the actual time off work) as well as the payment. It is all a bit confusing but there’s more info here; https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/transferring-parental-leave-pay-1

      So if you all meet all the criteria I am thinking that you’d be able to have a few weeks off with your baby, receiving the Parental Leave Pay, then your partner could take unpaid parental leave from work and you transfer the Parental Leave Pay to fund this time off. When baby is nearing 4 months old (and the Parental Leave Pay is running out you could perhaps see how it is all going and then talk about whether he could take some long service leave (or continue parental leave, but unpaid).

      Anyway – I hope this helps somewhat. I’m no expert so you’d be best to have a good read of the links and investigate further.

      Sorry I couldn’t help further. All the best with the new bub xx

  145. Hi there. I’m due in jan 2017. I have decided to access my annual leave and long service leave and will be leaving work at the end of October 2016 and be on leave (a mix of annual and long service ) until the baby is due. Does paid leave still count as part of the employeement criteria? I have worked at the same company for over 15 years and am planning on returning to the same company.
    Thanks

    • Hi Emily!

      Congrats on your pregnancy!

      Your leave – because it is paid leave – still counts as ‘work’ for the Work Test. Which means you’ll meet the ‘work test’ eligibility criteria of Parental Leave Pay. Good news!

      Come back if you have further questions!

      All the best xx

  146. Hi there

    I am pregnant with my first baby, due in March 2017. I currently work for the State Government and will receive 12 weeks paid maternity leave from my employer (I satisfy the work test), am I also eligible to receive the 18 weeks Australian Parental leave after the 12 weeks of paid maternity leave? That means a total of 30 weeks of paid leave?

    Thanks

    • Hi! Congrats on your pregnancy!

      The good news is that you are able to access both. If you meet all the criteria for the government’s Parental Leave Pay then you can receive it as well as your employer’s maternity leave payment. I’m sure this will be welcome news for you! Take care xx

  147. Hi,

    I’ll be starting my maternity leave soon and the company where I’m working has a 10 weeks paid leave. Will I be taxed as per normal salary for the paid leave? Can I still avail the paid parental leave from the government? What about daddy’s or partner’s leave?

    • Hi Chantie. Congrats on your pregnancy. Hope you enjoy the bit of time off before baby arrives. You will be taxed as normal for your paid leave and you are also still able to access the 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay too (it is also a taxable income) if you meet all the eligibility requirements. You can begin your application for the Parental Leave Pay now and you will have to chat to your employer about it as they are the ones who pay it to you as per your normal pay cycle.

      There is also Dad and Partner pay. It is two weeks at the minimum wage and it payable when a dad or partner takes unpaid leave following the birth of a child. There’s more about this here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/dad-and-partner-pay

      Hope this all makes sense. All the best xx

  148. Hi there,

    Wondering if I would be eligible to receive paid parental leave. I’m currently working a contract 23 hours per week up until end of Dec which I commenced this week (8 x fortnightly pay cycles and 330+ hours worked). Prior to this I was and continue to manage our bed and breakfast (managed through airbnb – all transactions/income captured for taxable income purposes). I could provide human services with proof of income through this stream along with the number of hours I spent associated however I do not have an ABN adjoined to the revenue stream. What are your thoughts on my chances?

    Many thanks in advance.
    Melissa

    • Hi Melissa!

      This one’s a tricky one. I’m not entirely sure. I cannot see anywhere on the Parental Leave Pay criteria where it mentions whether or not you have an ABN. I can see that whether you generate income isn’t an issue though – it is more about the hours you’ve worked.

      If you work for a family business, you can include your hours of work even if the business doesn’t make any income, provided you are working for financial gain or benefit.

      But I guess they will ask if it is really a business if there’s no ABN.

      My only advice is that you check with Centrelink about this directly. You could also post on our forum to see if anyone else is in a similar position. Here’s a link to our finances forum section: http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

      Please come back to let us know how it goes. I am very interested in the outcome and it may help others who read this trying to figure out their own situation.

      All the best xx

  149. Hi there,

    I was hoping for some clarification with regards to Paid Parental Leave.

    I am currently eligible to receive PPL and I am due 13th Feb 17.
    My employer and I have agreed that I will resign on 1st Dec 16, as I do not want to return to my position. My last day of employment is 10.5 weeks before the birth of my child. I would like to know if I have still entitled to PPL as I will technically no longer be employed and it will be longer than 8 weeks.

    • Hi Mel, Congrats on your pregnancy!

      So, as far as I know whether you plan on returning to your job doesn’t affect anything when applying for Parental Leave Pay but the issue I think would be the 8 weeks.

      It is definitely worth checking this out with Centrelink to make sure and then if it does make you ineligible, perhaps looking at remaining at your job for that little bit longer? (It is more than $10,000 before tax). If you have a few weeks of annual leave owing to you maybe take that from Dec 1? If your annual leave can cover you up to that 8 week mark then you’re technically still employed if you’re on paid leave.

      Hopefully you can work it out. Take care xx

  150. Hello there!

    Just have a question in relation to back-dating paternity leave payments. We were granted residency last week (yay!) and bubs is now 16 weeks old. I did read on the Department of Human Services that it’s possible to back date payments. However, is it possible to back date when we didn’t meet residency requirements when bubs was born

    Thanks!

    • Hi Mark! Congrats on the new baby!!

      Your question is a tough one. It does say that you have to be living in Australia when the baby is born to be eligible. Under any of these circumstances:
      have Australian citizenship
      hold a permanent visa
      hold a special category visa, or
      hold a temporary visa; for example, a partner provisional, interdependency or temporary protection visa

      So my instinct would be that unless you meet these circumstances you’d not be eligible. But please have a discussion with Centrelink about this all – if you’re not eligible for this you may be eligible for other payments now that baby is born. Best check with them in this instance!

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Please come back and let us know how it went. Perhaps you could provide an answer for the next person who may be reading this in your situation. All the best

  151. Hi there i am only 10 weeks pregnant and i was just wondering how maternity leave works here in australia. I am a nz citizen with australian residency and have been living in australia for 3 years. I have been at the same job for 3 years too. I am intending on working fulltime until 6 weeks before my due date which is march 26th 2017 and i am wanting to fly back to nz at 34 weeks to have the baby in nz and then fly back to australia a week later after the baby is born. Am i entitled to any maternity leave based on my situation? This will be my second child if that matters?

    • Hi Shy,

      Congrats on your pregnancy – hope you are feeling well.

      In Australia maternity leave works like this:
      – in your situation you should be entitled to 12 months maternity leave (most likely unpaid) this means that you are able to return to your position after that time.

      The government has Parental Leave Pay to help eligible families fund this time off. It is 18 weeks pay at the minimum wage and depending on how much you earn etc you should be able to access this.

      I am not completely sure whether leaving the country affects your eligibility for Parental Leave Pay either way – they do always ask questions about ‘the date you last entered the country’ and I’m guessing that is to establish residency. I doubt that it would affect your entitlement to maternity leave.

      Sorry I can’t be of more help. Perhaps you would be better to ask your question on our forum in case anyone there has been in a similar situation?

      Here’s a link to our family finances section: http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

      Good luck with it all> Take care xx

  152. Hi there, please help! I’ve been working full time since 27 October 2015, my due date is 1st of January 2017.

    I’ve been notified that according to Fair Works Act, I have to work at least up to 6weeks before my due date. Is this true? But according to centrelink, i can stop working 8weeks before due date? Im having a difficult pregnancy so 2 weeks is precious for me.

    What date should be my last day of work, to be eligible for Parental Pay?

    Thank you for your help

    • Hi BabyMumma, Sorry to hear that you’ve been having a difficult pregnancy. The last thing you need to be doing is worrying about work and money 🙁

      So the first to take note of is that Maternity Leave and Parental Leave Pay are two different things.

      Maternity Leave is just leave (and unless your company provides paid leave, it is unpaid). It says on the Fair Work website that Maternity Leave has to start “up to 6 weeks before the expected birth (or earlier if the employer agrees)” – which frankly is confusing. They state that if a woman wants to continue working closer to her due date she has to provide evidence that she’s OK to do so.

      In any case, I take this to mean that there is room for negotiation with your employer. You need to apply for leave 10 weeks before you’d like the leave to start so this is a conversation that needs to be had in the next week or so.

      This does not affect your eligibility for the Government’s Parental Leave Pay. The Parental Leave Pay is separate and is just a payment. You cannot complete your claim for Parental Leave Pay until the baby is born though – so any time off you take beforehand will be unpaid.

      There is one issue with Parental Leave Pay and that is that you must be working continuously without more than an 8-week gap of not working (this doesn’t count paid leave – as technically you are still working when you’re on paid leave). So to be eligible you couldn’t leave work more than 8 weeks before your due date. However there are provisions in cases of premature birth or pregnancy complications so if you simply cannot work you should investigate what you need to do in that case (usually the Government requires a note from your doctor and your employer).

      So I’d be talking to your employers now – telling them that you intend to stop work eight weeks before your due date and also discuss other entitlements – such as annual leave etc – that you might be able to access to fund this leave until the Governments Paid Parental Leave kicks in after the baby is born.

      Hope this helps. take care xx

  153. Hi there, my partner was pregnant and due early March 2017. She recently had a miscarriage and we are waiting to start trying again in the next month or two. She is currently finishing off a teaching degree at the end of this year and would like to start applying for jobs but is worried about losing her maternity leave entitlements. She currently is an employee at Coles and they have recently begun cutting her shifts, which will obviously effect her working next year. She feels abit stuck not being able to leave Coles, and not being able to plan for the future. Is there any way out of this situation?

    • HI BM, Sorry to hear about the miscarriage. I hope everyone is feeling as well as can be under the circumstances.

      With regard to your partner’s work situation I am not 100 per cent sure whether you’re talking about her eligibility for the Government’s Parental Leave Pay or her entitlement to maternity leave. Maternity leave is the entitlement to take 12 months leave from your job and have it waiting for you on your return.

      If you’re talking about Parental Leave Pay then there is some good news – the good thing about the government’s Parental Leave Pay is that you don’t have to be working for the same employer within the period of eligibility. You just have to be working. If your partner works for at least 10 out of the 13 months before the baby is born then she should be eligible (of course there are other eligibility criteria so you’ll have to check with centrelink for advice on the specifics).

      So for example – if she falls pregnant somewhere around two months from now and her due date is about July 1 2017 then she’ll need to work for at least 10 months in the period from June 1 2016 till July 1 2017. She has already worked two and a half of those and if she starts a teaching job in late Jan/Feb then she’ll work another five before the baby’s due date. There is one issue – you can’t be ‘not working’ for more than 8 consecutive weeks within that 13 month period. So to be sure that she’ll receive the government’s Parental Leave Pay she should remain at Coles until she has secured another job and then depending on when that job begins to pay her (some teaching jobs might pay from Jan 1) she can work out when she is able to leave Coles (making sure it is not 8 weeks before the next job begins – or begins to pay her).

      Hope that helps somewhat! All the best!

  154. Can any one help me, I have earnt over the 150,000 taxable income earnt to receive paid maternity leave however is it the last financial year i.e 2015- 2016 or 2016- 2017 ,as we are now in a new financial year can i still be eligible? my baby is due in January 2017? and i want to stop work at 28 weeks instead of working fifo up untill i pop.
    If not do you get any financial support??

    • Hi Ell! Congratulations on your pregnancy. Hope it is all going well.

      Having had a look at the Parental Leave website I would be inclined to think that you would not be eligible based on your income for the last financial year as that is what they go by. Also if you’re planning on taking 12 weeks off before the due date you may not meet the work test anyway. I hate being the bearer of bad news and of course I am no expert I would still talk to Family Assistance about your circumstances just to be sure.

      The other thing is that when your baby is born you may still be eligible for Family Tax Benefits. When applying for this they ask you to estimate your income for the current year. So if you’re not working you may be eligible for this type of assistance when your baby is born. This article has some more info on that: http://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/guide-to-government-family-benefit-payments/

      Hope this helps. Take care xx

  155. Hi there,

    Does the ‘8-week gap between two consecutive working days’ count backwards from the due date? I mean, if I stop work 11 weeks prior to my due date will I no longer be eligible for paid parental leave then? (because then it’ll be more than 8 weeks of non-working)

    My due date is 30 Nov 2016 and I’m planning to stop work 27 September 2016. Will that be OK? will I still be eligible?

    Thank you for your feedback, in advance.

    • Hi Azy. Congrats on your pregnancy. Hope everything is going smoothly.

      I unfortunately am a bit stuck for an answer on this one. I can tell you that if you’re being paid for this time that it will count in your 10 months. Because paid leave counts as work. The other thing is that if you’re leaving for reasons due to a complication of your pregnancy – if your doctor has suggested bed rest then you will be eligible due to this circumstances (you’ll need to provide proof of this – from your doc and employer).

      If however your leave will be unpaid and not to do with your doctor’s order then I am really not sure – sorry! You might have to check this one with Centrelink I’m afraid. Please come back and let us know what they say so that I can offer advice to others who might be in your situation.

      Thanks. Take care xx

  156. Hi there!
    I started back at work on the 1st of November 2015 I worked till the 6th of March then decided to stay home with my little girl for a little longer. I went back to work on June 15th 2016 and I am due on 16th of April. In this 10 months (from when I started back in June till my due date I am working 60 hours a month and there will be no time off) only 2 weeks before Bub is due. Will I be eligible? Thank you xx

    • Hi Kim. Congrats on your pregnancy. From what you’ve told me here, I would assume that you’ll be eligible. You meet the 10 months criteria as it is measured up until the expected due date (not the date you take leave). If you meet all the other criteria I would say that you’d be eligible. You can apply before your baby is born and just complete the application once baby is here. Hope this has answered your questions. All the best xx

  157. Hi,
    I’m employed as a casual lifeguard on a rotational 4on 4 off roster i am currently 22 weeks pregnant. I have been employed for 9 months and am looking at finishing in September/ Oct. When i decide to take leave am i eligible for payments up until i give birth in December? Or is it just leave without payments?

    • Hi Arathea! Congratulations on your pregnancy. When you apply for Parental Leave Pay you can only complete the application once the baby is born (you can get a start on it beforehand but you need to wait till baby is born to submit it). So your payments cannot start before this happens. You might have to check with Centrelink with exact timing etc though. Sorry I couldnt’ be of more help. All the best, xx

  158. Hi there,
    I’m currently on paid maternity leave and due to return to work next year. I’ve been looking into starting an online business with my husband but am hesitant to go any further as I don’t want it to affect my leave pay – obviously I’d be making next to nothing to begin with and its not worth my leave pay being cancelled! Is it even possible to start/register an online business whilst on paid leave, without affecting this? (Even if I don’t pay myself?)

  159. Hi,

    I am approved to receive PPL which will be paid through my employer as of next week. However I also have a small online retail business I run from home as a sole trader. Would I need to close the shop so I don’t make any sales or do I just not ‘take an income’? ( which I don’t pay myself anyway),

    Any advice is appreciated!

  160. Hi Bub Hub Crew,

    I was just wondering if i can transfer my 2 weeks dad pay to the mother of my child??

    If i can’t… do i have to actually take leave to receive the one of payment??

    Thanks

    • Hi Again

      I’ve managed to find out that i cannot transfer my 2 weeks entitlment

      But just wondering if the 2 weeks have to be consecutive. Our baby was very premature and directly after the birth I took one week off and i would like to take another week off when he comes home??

      Thanks

      • Hi Greg, congrats on your baby. Hope everything is going well. I’ve had a look on the official site and I’m afraid that the two weeks do have to be taken in one continuous block. https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/eligibility-dad-and-partner-pay

        But – did you claim for the Dad and Partner Pay already when you took your first week off? If you didn’t then you should be able to claim it for the two weeks when baby comes home. The payment is just money – it is not an entitlement to leave. If your employee is happy to give you the two weeks off – unpaid – then you can claim the payment from the government to fund that time off work. Provided of course that you satisfy all the other eligibility criteria of course.

        I hope you do, so please have a chat to Centrelink and your employer if you haven’t already claimed the payment for that first week off.

        All the best xx

  161. Firstly hello all,

    Now here is a spinner for u..
    Basically I’m 27 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child, this bub is due 18th of October 2016.. I returned to work on the 5th of October 2015 in a casual position, come 29th Feb the company gave me a contract to sign to go on part time permanent, I signed & returned to office to get told a few weeks later I had a new updated contract to sign (there both the same) except the start date was pushed back a month to now 28th March with a 6 month probation period.. Anyways I’m still on probation now work 12 hours a week & im planning to take maternity leave as of mid October, my concern is the company has a maternity policy in place which is any part time permanent employee who has work 12 consecutive months is entitled to 12 weeks maternity leave full pay, I want to apply for this but am concerned that I’m still in my probation period until 28th September 2016 & they can give me 1 week in leu instead due to probation.. They also want 10 weeks notice that I’m going to apply for maternity leave but if I give them 10 weeks notice they could get rid of me before I’m even eligible for the centrelink paid parental scheme (10 months out of 13 months) I just don’t know what to do & where I stand.. I also don’t want to loose my job cause I need to go back to work after I have this bub, we just can’t afford to live off 1 income..

    • Hi Stresshead! Whoa – no wonder you’re stressing. Your question sure is a spinner! First of all – it is totally against the law if they ‘get rid of you’ because you’re pregnant. That’s discrimination and I imagine that they’d know this and would be hesitant to do something that is both illegal and immoral. Also 10 weeks is pretty standard practice so they’re not asking for something unreasonable. There’s more information here in this article: http://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/maternity-leave-entitlements-in-australia-parental-leave/

      So, I hope that they will do the right thing by you and you’ll still be entitled to the Government’s Parental Leave Pay – as for your company’s maternity leave policy I really can’t say. Each company – although they must abide by the law and provide you with your entitlements – works differently. Which is good news for employees in a lot of cases, because there’s some flexibility there (unlike the government payment, where it is cut and dry, you’ll either eligible or not). They very well could give you the maternity leave with pay but you won’t know until you apply.

      I’m sorry that I couldn’t be of more help but I hope it stops you stressing a little to know that you do have rights. Take care xx

  162. hi,

    I am 35 weeks pregnant now and due by the 19th of August 2016. I started work as a full time permanent employee with a company lat year ie on 26th of October 2015. I understand that to be eligible for the paid parental leave I should have worked for 295 days. So starting from 26th October if I calculate 295 days then it will be the 16th of August. I have definitely worked 330 hours since I am a full time employee working 5 days a week. Now my question is, will I still be eligible for paid parental leave if I start my maternity leave by 1st week of August? Is the 295 day time frame calculated till the day the baby is born or is it till the day I go on maternity leave. If my baby arrives as expected by the 19th of August or any time after the 16th of August(295 days) I am sure I will be eligible. But getting really confused if the start date of my maternity leave is going to affect my eligibility. If I start maternity leave (it is going to be unpaid leave from day 1 of my maternity leave since I have already consumed all my annual and sick leaves) on 1st August will I still be eligible or should I be working till 16th of August?

    • Hi Resh,

      Congrats on your pregnancy. Hope you’re going well.

      It is my understanding that the work test is based on the 10 out of 13 months before the expected due date and if that is correct then it doesn’t matter (within reason – although there is special consideration taken from premature birth) when you begin your leave.

      So you should be able to begin your leave (and receive the Parental Leave Pay) from August 1.

      See the examples given at the bottom of this page: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/work-test-parental-leave-pay

      They all do the calculation up to the day before the due date.

      Hope this helps. Please remember though that I’m not affiliated with centrelink or the government and am not an expert in all this.

      Thanks. Take care xx

  163. Hi,
    I am just wondering if I’m still going to be eligible for the 18 weeks government paid parental leave if my employer is paying me 14 weeks at full pay maternity leave since the government have been trying to stop ‘double dipping’? I understand this act has been ‘shelved’ by the government but can this still come into affect anytime? My due date is 31st October.
    Thanks for your help!
    Erin

    • Hi Erin!

      Congrats on your pregnancy. Not too long to go now.

      At the moment, yes, this has been shelved as it couldn’t get through parliament. So at the moment you are able to access both.

      I guess now they’re in power again they could technically try to get it through again. Although they still don’t have a great deal of power really. Still, in most cases when a change this big does occur they usually give some notice – mostly they wait until the start of a new financial year or set a date in the future that means people currently pregnant aren’t affected. That is what happened when they scrapped the Baby Bonus.

      So – I’d be very surprised if things changed before your due date but I guess anything’s possible so if I were you I’d err on the side of caution and be smart about how I spent my money (which is always a good idea anyway I suppose especially when there’s a baby on the way)>

      Best of luck xx

  164. Hi,

    I am working as permanent part time between 30 to 36 hours per week. Has been working with the company for the last 12 years.

    I am due on 20th November 2016 and giving my last day as permanent by the end of October 2016. The company will keep me in the role as casual while I am taking my parental leave for 6 months from beginning of November 2016 and will return to my original role again.

    Just wondering if I am eligible for paternity leave payment from the government scheme

    Thank you,
    Ana

    • Hi Ana,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy!

      Firstly I’m just not quite sure I understand. You should be entitled to a full year of leave and they should still hold the job for you. I think this is the case even for permanent part-time although I’m not an expert at these things. I would think they should especially given you’ve been there so long. Anyway – perhaps you have preferred to take only 6 months in which case that’s fine. I just didn’t want them to be not giving you all you’re entitled too.

      The other reason I ask is because they’ve said they will keep you on as casual. Is this your request? As you should be able to have your job secure without doing this.

      Will you be actually working casually during the six months? Or just ‘on the books’ as a casual worker?

      I ask because this will be the difference between you receiving the government parental leave pay or not (provided you meet all the other eligiblity criteria).

      You cannot work while receiving Parental Leave Pay. As soon as you work your payments will end. There are provisions for what they call ‘keeping in touch’ days that allow employers to do things like training on the new computer system or important meetings that will be necessary before they return to the job – but these aren’t for just everyday ‘work’ things.

      So basically if you meet all the eligibility criteria (residency test, income test etc) then you should be able to receive Parental Leave Pay but only if you don’t work for the 18 weeks you receive it.

      Hope that makes sense! All the best xx

  165. Hi,

    Wondering if you can help me with my query regarding paternity payments. My dude date is on 08 Oct 2016, I have started working on casual position since 05 June 2015 till date.

    As per the eligibilty criteria –

    – 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 an 8-week gap between two consecutive working days.

    As per the above I understand that my 13 month period starts from 08 Sep 2015 to 07 Oct 2016 and the 10 month criteria will be from 08 Sep 2015 to 08 July 2016.

    Also, covered the total 330 hours criteria as my total hours worked is more than 460 hours till date.

    Now, my query is as I am on casual positon and I am not continuously working and have been on and off to work during my 10 months criteria period.

    I was working continuously since Sep 2015 to 28 Oct 2015 (working atleast 4 days in a week), taken a break from 28 Oct 2015 till 20 Nov 2015 and again started
    working continuously from 23 Nov 2015 till 17 March 2016.

    Again after 17 March worked on only 06 May 2016 (1 day) and again worked on 17 June 2016 ( 1 day ) and from 17 June 2016 till now working continuously 1 day every week.

    From the above gaps I have never taken no more than 8- week gap between two consecutive working days. Could you please let me know if I satisfy the criteria for the
    paternity pay based on the working day gaps I have taken.

    Also, I have a confusion as in till which date I shall continue to work, is it ok if I can work till 08 July 2016 to get the payments or work till 13 Aug 2016. (no more than
    an 8- week gap criteria).

    Hope you will clarify my queries.

    Thank you,

    Mary

    • Hi Mary! Congrats on your pregnancy. Hope you are going well. I’m not too sure about this one, as there are many factors to consider. Looks like you’ve done the maths though and have satisfied all the criteria. So I’m confident you’d be eligible – the only thing that confuses me too is the leave date. I would think that you’d have to continue to work until August otherwise you’d not be eligible because of the 8-week gap criteria.

      But please remember that I’m no expert and I’m not affiliated with Centrelink at all. I’m just another Australian trying to make sense of it all. I’d hate for you to miss out on something you are eligible for so please double check all of this with Centrelink.

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

  166. Hi, wondering if you can help. My wife had been working for more than 10 years until the end of September last year before taking a few months break. She took up a new job that started mid February this year. Our baby is due around mid September. Her company can’t really give her paternity leave payment since she is considered ‘new’ (working less than 1 year) Do you know if she is eligible for paternity leave payment from the government?

    Thanks

    • Hi Henry – congrats on your impending arrival! Not long to go now!

      Unfortunately though, based on those dates I don’t think your wife is eligible for the government’s Parental Leave Pay.

      To be eligible she has to:
      – 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 an 8-week gap between two consecutive working days.

      Even if she works right up until her due date (not really a good idea) that’s still only about seven months in this new job with five months off beforehand. She won’t make the 10 months and she’s had more than an 8-week gap.

      She may still be eligible for the Newborn Supplement – if she’s eligible for Family Tax A – and you may be eligible for 2 weeks of Dad and Partner Pay (if your employer doesn’t offer any paid leave). There’s more info about other payments in this article: http://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/guide-to-government-family-benefit-payments/

      And please check all this with centrelink. I’m no expert and I’m not affiliated with them whatsoever.

      Sorry I didn’t have better news. All the best xx

  167. Hi, I am stuck on a question in the form ‘Have you started or returned to work for the first time since having a baby or after a period out of the workforce to care for a child?’

    I went on maternity leave in November 2014, had my son in December 2014 and returned to my work August 2015. I will be taking maternity leave from August 2016 for a year. With my first pregnancy I was paid work parental leave and government parental leave and will do the same with this pregnancy.

    Is the question asking me about my last pregnancy? Or as I was still technically employed while I was on maternity leave does it not count?

    Thanks so much

    • Hi Pat! Congrats on your pregnancy! Hope you’re feeling well!

      I remember that question – it had me stuck too. I think this is the reason they ask it: If you are returning to work for the first time since the birth of your child or since your child entered your care, you may be eligible for a higher rate of Family Tax Benefit Part B.

      So – I think that it counts that you returned to work in August 2015. I’m no expert though so really Centrelink might be the best point of contact.

      While you’re on hold for ages through – maybe try posting your question on our forum too – there may be some much wiser folk there who’d have a more definite answer.

      Here’s our family finances section – http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

  168. Hi All,

    I am little bit confuse about paid parental leave. My due date is 27 oct 2016 and I am working as a full time contractor from 13 July 2015. I have to leave this job from 1st Aug 2016 , so will I get the paid parental leave in this case if I leave this job? After child birth, I need to find the new job after some period of time so am I eligible for the paid parental leave in this case?

    • Hi! Congrats on your pregnancy. To get parental leave pay you must work for at least 10 out of the 13 months before your baby is born. It sounds like from the dates above that you’ll meet this work requirement. You do not have to return to work after the birth of your baby to be eligible.

      Hope this helps. All the best xx

      • Hi,

        Thanks for your quick reply.

        1) What about If I have to leave the job in this month?
        2) What If I continue for 2 days in a week from this week to september 2016?

        • If you work for most of July you should still met the criteria – you’ll need 10 months work since October 2015 (including that month). 10 months will be Oct15, Nov15, Dec15, Jan16, Feb16, Mar16, Apr16, May16, Jun16, Jul16. If you continue till September you’ll definitely be eligible (of course you have to meet all the other requirements – income, residency etc). Two days a week is plenty to meet the work requirements.

          Remember that I’m just a person trying to figure it all out too so you should make sure you check ALL eligibility criteria with Centrelink.

          • Thank you very much for your answer. I appreciate your help. Yes fortunately I am fit in all other eligibility criteria.

            Thanks again…

  169. Hi there,
    I’m due in 4 weeks, and already started my 12 months maternity leave.
    Would you please take me step by step what to go to get the 18 weeks parental leave pay?
    I was trying to do it through the Centrelink website, but it seems to be down at all times.
    I’m not able to create the customer access number. Without it, I won’t be able to move forward.
    Been trying to complete this for a week now. Centrelink phone line does not answer..
    I’m just a resident (not a citizen) and I’m not sure where should I go, or turn to get some help.
    I found some online forums, where I read that the website is on and off pretty much all the time.
    I’d be very grateful for some help.

    • Hi Gosia! Congrats on your pregnancy. Hope this isn’t causing you too much stress. My advice would be to visit Centrelink if possible. From what I read on their website you’ll need to do this to set up a CRN. You can find your nearest one here – http://findus.humanservices.gov.au/

      Once you’ve got that you’ll be able to apply for payments online.

      Hope this helps. All the best xx

  170. Hello, my current (new) job is paying me $155K per annum, But I know that my taxable income for financial year ending will be less that $150K due to less paying job previously. Baby will be due in February. Am I correct in saying that I will still be eligible because my last FY income before baby is due is less than 150, and not based on my current annual income?

    • Hi Frey,

      Congrats on your pregnancy. Hope all is going well.

      As far as I can see, yes, you are right. Your eligibility for Parental Leave Pay will be determined on the adjusted taxable income this financial year (2015/2016). Take note that they say ‘adjusted taxable income’. Adjusted means you’ll have to also take into account things like superannuation that you pay (if you pay extra above your employer’s contribution) and other fringe benefits. There’s more info here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/adjusted-taxable-income

      Hope this helps. All the best xx

  171. Whilst i am only 12 weeks pregnant i was looking at the paid parental leave form online to prepare myself.

    I noticed on the centrelink website it states to meet the work requirements you need to work 10 out of 13 months. While reading the actual form i read :

    ” To meet the Paid Parental Leave work test you must have:
    worked for at least 295 days (approximately 10 months) of the 392 days (approximately
    13 months) before the birth or adoption of your child, and
    • worked at least 330 hours in that 295 day (approximately 10 month) period (just over 1 day a
    week) with no more than an 8 week (56 day) gap between 2 working days.”

    i worked out that 295 days over 13 months is 22.6 days a month which equals 5 days a week, every week for the entire 13 month period with no unpaid leave

    Am i interpreting this wrong or is this leave only available to those that work 5 days a week up until they give birth?

    • Hi Karajade! Congratulations on your pregnancy. Hope everything is going well.

      I do believe you are interpreting this incorrectly. Although I am no expert of course.

      But in my experience it is not about the number of exact days you work (ie. you only work three days a week) but the number of days that you’re employed. So if you’re employed by a company then you count all the days that you’re employed (even if you only work three days a week that counts as the whole week – so 7 days). If you leave a job and don’t find another for a month then that’s 30 days that can’t count towards this requirement but as long as your in employment for the rest of the time (at least 10 out of the 13 months) then you’ll be right.

      So, really you probably don’t need to do all that maths. You might be overthinking it.

      They’ve worked it out that it is just over a day a week to meet that eligibility requirement so if you’re employed and meeting that (and the other eligibility requirements like income, residency etc) then you should be right. You’ll have to check all this with centrelink of course.

      Hope this helps! All the best xx

  172. I am a part time worker I get 20 hours a week. I’m entitled to the paid parental leave scheme, I’ve had my baby and should be reviewing it shortly. I was just wondering will I recive the $657 per week before tax or will i receive less because I’m a part time worker on mess hours than a full time worker? Or do we all receive the same amount? (I usually earn $425 a week)

    • Hi Gemma! Congrats on your new baby! Hope you’re all settling in well.

      The good news is that everyone receives the same amount of Parental Leave Pay so if you’re eligible then you’ll receive the $657/week before tax. Enjoy the payrise! Take care xx

  173. Hello,

    my wife is not Pernamet resident yet (she is on defacto visa, subclass 820), is she eligible for the parental pay leave? She worked for the same company 2 years fulltime.

    is the a difference between maternity leave and paid paretnal leave?

    If my wife is not eligible for maternity/parental leave what are the other options?

    Thank you
    RK

    • Hi Roman. Thanks for your question.

      Firstly the difference between maternity leave and paid parental leave.

      Maternity Leave is just leave. As in, time off work. If you’ve been working for the same employer for 12 months you’re entitled to at least 12 months off work following the birth of a baby. You’re also entitled to return to the same job with the same pay etc. Some companies might offer paid leave (at least in part) but often it is unpaid.

      Paid Parental Leave or Parental Leave Pay is a government payment (the details are in the article above). This is just money.

      Now, for your first question. You don’t have to be an Australian citizen to receive Parental Leave Pay. You just have to meet the resident requirements which are:

      When your child is born or adopted, you must be living in Australia and (one of the following):

      – have Australian citizenship
      – hold a permanent visa
      – hold a special category visa, or
      -hold a temporary visa; for example, a partner provisional, interdependency or temporary protection visa

      There are other requirements of course (most are listed above) so it is still essential that you chat to Centrelink about your own individual circumstances.

      Hope this helps.

      Take care xx

  174. If I leave my job presently. And get a new job and have the baby before the 12 months is up can I still get the maternity leave payment from the government? I work full time and will do at my new job. No break in between.

    • Hi Maybe baby!

      You WILL be eligible for the government Parental Leave Pay under those circumstances (and provided all meet all the other eligibility criteria). To receive the pay you need only to have worked for 10 out of the 13 months before your baby is born (no matter if you change employers).

      The issue is this though … you are only entitled to Maternity Leave, which is the actual time off from your job (and the ability to return to the same role afterwards), if you’ve been with your employer for 12 months. Your employer might be willing to negotiate on this of course but technically you’ll need to have been there for those 12 months to be eligible.

      Hope that makes sense. All the best xx

  175. Hi, I am a teacher and will receive 16 weeks paid maternity leave and then also 18 weeks government parental leave. Am I able to receive both payments at the same time, or only one after the other?? Thanks

    • hi Ktango. Congrats on your pregnancy. Honestly though, I have no idea about the answer to your question. I know you’re still able to take both, but I’ve only ever heard of people taking them one after another. This might be a good question to ask our forum members. There’s possibly someone on the forum who has been in your situation – there are quite a few teacher/mother members. Here’s a link, just post your question in this section: http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

      And please come back when you know an answer. I’m sure it will be helpful for many other readers.

      Sorry I couldn’t help more. All the best xx

      • You can take them both at the same time. I did this – took 14 weeks maternity leave and then 4 weeks annual from my employer at the same time I took my 18 weeks of govenment leave.

  176. Hi, I had a baby on the 19th June 2015. I returned to work around 3 months after my son was born , so around 7th September 2015.
    I’m pregnant again and due the 28th November 2016. I would love to go on Maternity leave a few months before this baby is due. What is the earliest date I could finish up and start my maternity leave? Could I also utilise my holidays to try and start it earlier? Thank you.

    • Hi Jmac!

      Congratulations on your pregnancy.

      If you want to receive Parental Leave Pay you must meet the eligibility criteria. In terms of the ‘working test’ you must have worked 10 out of the past 13 months to be eligible. By my calculations you would have worked for 10 months by July 7-ish. If you stopped work around that date (provided your date of September 7 is correct and you meet all the other criteria) then you will have worked for 10 months and should be eligible for Parental Leave Pay.

      You are also entitled to take Maternity Leave (which is just the time off and the right to return to your role etc) if you’ve worked for the employer for more than 12 months. When having another child, you don’t have to work for another 12 months before you can take another period of maternity leave with that same employer. So if you were in that same job before your first son was born then you should be right in terms of taking the leave as well as receiving the Parental Leave Pay.

      Of course, make sure you check your specific circumstances with your employer and Centrelink.

      All the best xx

  177. Hi, I left my full-time job in early December 2014 and went on maternity leave, returning in October 2015. I returned on a part-time basis, three days a week. As I chose to go from 5 days to 3 days, I accepted the role back as a contractor with no annual leave or sick leave entitlements. I just wanted to double check that I’m not in actual fact entitled to those leave entitlements, somehow? I just assumed I wasn’t…

  178. Hi there, I cannot for the life of me find the actual online application. It keeps sending me in circles… any help would be greatly appreciated!

  179. Hey
    Am applying for parental leave at the moment and am a bit confused by one of the work test questions. It asks if I will be working at least 8 hours a week between 15th May 15 and 6th June 16 (the due date).
    I will not be working at least 8 hours/week between these dates as I plan to go on unpaid maternity leave at 37 weeks (from 18th May 16).
    I am just a bit freaked out about saying no to this question – is this going to make me somehow ineligible?

    • hi Mrs_M!

      That’s a weird one – I would have thought it perfectly normal for most women applying for the PPL scheme to be off work in those weeks before the due date. Have you worked for the 10 out of 13 months prior to those dates?

      If so, I wouldn’t say you’d be ineligible but I understand your hesitation in answering that question.

      It has been a good couple of years now since I filled out that form so maybe you could post your question on our forum. There will be many there who have recently gone through the process. Here’s the link: http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?782-Maternity-amp-Parental-Leave

      Otherwise you can really only check with centrelink to be sure. Maybe post on the forum while you’re on hold!!

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help! All the best xx

  180. Hi
    I am due on Nov 15th but only returned to work on Jan 24th this year after taking a year to care for my first baby. I could not return to work any earlier as I am a teacher and it was school holidays. It means that I am going to miss out on the ppl by 9 DAYS!!!! We are gutted and this money is vital to us. Is there any way around this? I started maternity leave in Dec 2014 and planned on returning in Dec 2015 but as it was school holidays I had to wait until the new school year so technically not my fault. Any advice would be more than welcome.

    • Hi Dhonaile. Thanks for your question – how disappointing for you. Have you checked all this with Family Assistance? First thing I would do would be to make sure that this is correct. As a teacher perhaps ‘technically’ you started on January 1? Even though it was school holidays? Did you get paid annual leave for those dates between the end of your maternity leave and before you actually started back at work? I know that is the case in some circumstances. Hope so. But definitely worth approaching Centrelink to know for sure. All the best xx

  181. Hi, I am due in August and am planning to take 10 weeks Mat leave then 6 weeks annual leave followed by 4 week purchased annual leave. I work full- time and my husband has been the main carer for our current 2 children and will be for the 3 kid as of my return to work after all my leave. My husband works part time and doesn’t earn anymore than the 18 week parental leave pay on offer. Can he take the leave instead of me? is it possible for him to take this leave after the planned 20 weeks i’m taking? It would be amazing if he was able to take this time off for our children.

    • Hi Jane,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy!

      The good news is that you are able to transfer your Parental Leave Pay to your partner.

      I found this on the Centrelink site:

      “If you are the birth mother of a newborn child or the initial primary carer of an adopted child, in most circumstances you must submit the claim and establish eligibility for the payment. If you claim and meet the eligibility requirements, you may transfer some or all of your unused Parental Leave Pay to your partner”

      I don’t know for sure if there’s a time limit for this though so you’ll need to ask Family Assistance, and you still need to meet all the eligibility criteria etc.

      We’d be interested to know the answer to the time limit question so if you think of it, please come back to update us –

      Thanks and all the best xx

    • Hi Kate, Thanks for your comment. If you meet all the other eligibility criteria then yes – at the moment (March 2016) – you can receive both. The government has looked into stopping this from happening – they called it ‘double-dipping’ but so far they haven’t been able to get it through parliament. It is one of the many reasons we are heading toward a double dissolution election.

      Hope this helps xx

  182. Hi There,

    My wife is self employed running her own business so she obviously does not have weekly/monthly pay slips to show that she has paid herself. She generally waits till the EOFY to figure out how much profit she has made before paying herself as an employee. So was wondering if you have any idea as to how she would go about applying for the PPL as she does not have weekly payslips but her business can show her contract jobs and seeing clients at her clinic. Appreciate any feedback

    • Hi Vic,

      Thanks for your question. I don’t claim to be an expert on these things but I can try to help based on what I know about paid parental leave.

      Your wife has to meet a few criteria to be eligible.

      One criteria is the ‘work test’ which means she need to have worked 10 out of the 13 months before the birth of the baby. She will need to be able to show Family Assistance her hours of work (I’m not exactly sure what form they require this in).

      A second criteria is the income test – this is separate from the ‘work test’ and for this she will need to have received an individual adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less in the financial year either before the date of birth.

      So if she should be able to provide her income details for the last financial year as proof of income.

      Hope that makes some sense! All the best xx

  183. Hi, do you know if PPL can be paid direct to myself if I am (and still) will be employed at the time I take it? I’ve done the application and it didn’t have an option, so defaulted to my employer paying it however I don’t think I will be returning to work for them and would like to cut ties so to speak and get it paid direct to me.

    • Hi Dani!

      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately I don’t really know the answer. I know that it is possible to have PPL paid directly to you under certain circumstances but I’m not sure how to those circumstances apply to your own situation. Here’s what I found on the PPL site though…

      Payment by us

      We will pay you directly in fortnightly instalments if your employer does not have to provide your Parental Leave Pay, if you do not have an employer, or if you are self employed.

      And this is how they define the ‘does not have to’ bit …

      Your employer will provide your payment in your usual pay cycle if you:

      have worked for them for 12 months or more before the expected date of birth or adoption. For Australian Public Service (APS) employees, all APS employment is included in the employment period
      will be their employee until at least the end of your Paid Parental Leave period
      are an Australian-based employee, and
      expect to receive at least 8 weeks of Parental Leave Pay

      If you do not meet these criteria, your employer is not required to provide your payment.

      I would say that you will have to check with Centrelink to be sure.

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

  184. Hello,
    I am wondering if you know if Dad and Partner pay is for 14 consecutive days, or 14 consecutive work days? So if my husband works 5 days a week will he be entitled to Mon-Fri, Mon-Fri, Mon- Thurs?
    Also are public holidays taken into the equation and not counted towards the 14 days?
    Cheers
    Peta

    • Hi Peta,

      Thanks for your question. The Dad and Partner Leave Pay is a one-off payment for Dads and Partners. It is based on two weeks of pay at the minimum wage – which is at the moment $657/week.

      However, the payment is just money – it is a not an entitlement to leave. You partner would have to talk to his employer about which days he can take leave and his individual circumstances.

      Hope that makes sense. All the best xx

  185. I was just wondering if i leave one job and go to another and fall pregnant at the new job straight away will i still be entitled to the paid parental leave even though i haven’t worked for this employer for 12 months before the baby is due?

    • Hi Amanda, thanks for your question. Short answer is yes. To be eligible to PPL you have to have worked for 10 out of the 13 months before your baby is born. It doesn’t matter if you switch employers. HOWEVER – PPL is just money and if you switch employers you might not be entitled to take maternity LEAVE (which is your entitlement to take time off work to care for your baby). Your company must offer you 12 months of unpaid leave but only once you’ve worked there for 12 months. There’s more information about maternity leave in this post: http://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/maternity-leave-entitlements-in-australia-parental-leave/
      Hope that makes sense. You’ll have to check with your employer regarding maternity leave policies and also Centrelink to make sure you meet all the other criteria to receive PPL.

      All the best xx

  186. I earn a salary in excess of $150k but my husband is studying and only working part time in the service industry. Does this mean that I will not be eligible to receive government paid parental leave but that a couple where the women earns less than $150k but her partner earns more that $150k would be eligible?

    • Hi Mary. From what I can tell, you are correct. PPL is based on your individual salary rather than your family salary. Best check with Centrelink still as to what might be available to you and to chat through your individual circumstances. Perhaps you’re eligible for Family Tax Benefit and then also the Newborn Supplement? Sorry I couldn’t offer more advice! take care xx

      • Dear The Bub Hub Crew,
        I delivered in Dec 2016 (baby is all most 20weeks now).
        I wasnt a resident when I gave a birth to my bub, but now we got the residency just two days back.
        Am I eligible to apply for paid perental leave? I have worked with my employer for more than 18months and I have got 12 weeks leave.
        Am I eligible to apply for PPL? or is there any cut off date to apply for this entitelment?
        Can someone please help me.

        • Hi Sam,

          Congrats on your new baby. Very exciting.

          As far as I know you have to be a resident at the time the baby is born. So if you’ve only just become a resident then I am not sure you would be.

          However, I do not know a lot about residency or what visa you might have been on prior to becoming a resident.

          This is from the Centrelink site:

          When your child is born or adopted, you must be living in Australia and:

          have Australian citizenship
          hold a permanent visa
          hold a special category visa, or
          hold a temporary visa; for example, a partner provisional, interdependency or temporary protection visa

          So perhaps if you held one of the visas above you may still be eligible?

          Might be worth investigating.

          All the best x

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