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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 $719.35 a week before tax (correct as of July 2018).

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 $719.35 a week before tax for a maximum of 18 weeks (amount correct as of July 2018).

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).

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

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

How much leave are you entitled to?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Newborn Upfront Payment is a lump sum of $550 (correct as of July 2018).

The Newborn Supplement amount depends on your income and how many children you have. The maximum amount is $1,649.83 for your first child or a maximum of $550.55 for subsequent children (amounts correct as of July 2018). 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 $$719.35 a week before tax (correct as of July 2018). 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, I had a question about the work test. First baby in October 17, with paid parental leave until roughly Feb 18 and then unpaid maternity leave until end August 18. Was supposed to restart 1 Sep 18 but due to some issues getting baby used to day care, took some standard unpaid leave in September and actually restarted work on 24th September 18. From this point forward, I have been working part time 3 days per week so no issue with as achieving the 330 hrs. Baby #2 due early July, my main question is whether or not I may miss the qualifying period of 295 days by a few days. Can I use the 1st of Sep 18 as start of qualifying period, with a break at start from 3rd until 24th, noting that 1st and 2nd were a Saturday/Sunday? Or can the qualifying period only start on 24th, in which case I end short of the 295 qualifying period days?

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

      So basically, you have to calculate the 10 months back from the due date (well, technically you have to count back 13 months back and then choose 10 months within those 13 but this is how it will work for you) and you can’t have had more than 8 weeks off consecutively within those 10 months.

      Your 10 months starts early September 2018 and goes until early July 2019 (by my calculations without knowing your exact due date — but you’ll have to work it out using the exact estimated due date you’ve been given).

      Now within that time you haven’t had more than 8 weeks off between two working days, so I would think you’d be eligible based on that.

      I’m not 100% sure though, the technicality is that your time off fell at the very start of the 10-month period so not technically ‘between’ two working days. I am fairly certain that this does not matter – but I haven’t heard for sure either way. So you will have to double check with Centrelink. It would be great if you could come back to let us know what they say too!

      All the best x

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

    Thank you!

  3. Hi all

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

    Kind regards

    Jerry

    • Hi Jerry!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      I’m a bit unsure about this one. And I’d need to know a few more details – like, is your company offering paid leave or unpaid? How long did you want to take off? The full 12 months?

      Here’s what I do know … if you’ve been working for your company for 12 months and you’re entitled to take parental leave (usually unpaid although some companies offer paid leave) then you’re able to take up to 12 months unpaid … BUT only 8 weeks at the same time as your partner.

      However — what I’m unsure about is — if she’s studying part-time does that make you the primary carer or not? I really don’t know I’m afraid.

      The best people to talk to about this would be Fair Work Australia. Their number is 13 13 94 (8am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday). Or check out this page: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/contact-us/call-us

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

      If you have further question please don’t hesitate to ask.

      All the best!

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

    Kind regards Sheridan

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

      The short answer is no.

      The government pays the money to your workplace and you receive it in your normal pay period during the 18 week period.

      BUT (this is the long answer) …

      The Government’s Parental Leave Pay is not an entitlement to leave so really it up to you how much more time off you take and how you budget for it.

      So if you’d like to take 36 weeks off then that’s between you and your workplace. The government is merely providing the money.

      So really, you can receive the $719 per week and then put half of it away in your bank account to make it stretch for the 36 weeks.

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

      All the best x

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

    • Hi Fari!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      The answer is that you have 12 months to claim Parental Leave Pay from the government.

      But … there are two important things to be aware of:

      1. You have to claim and receive the PPL WITHIN the 12 months to receive the full 18 weeks of pay. For example, if you claim with only 3 weeks to go in the year you’ll only receive 3 weeks pay.

      If you’re thinking that in your case it would only be 2 months after your baby is born then that should be plenty of time to receive the full amount.

      2. The other important thing is that you have to be on leave or not working from the time your baby is born until the end of your Parental Leave Pay period. So basically if you do any work in that period of time after baby is born and when you claim the PPL you’ll make yourself ineligible.

      Hope this helps! Take care x

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      • Hi there, I just want to know if your working full time and your employer has in contract stated ‘6 months paid matern leave’ does this mean A). they will pay me 6 months of my full pay? and B). Can i then be eligable for the 18 week payment payment from the government?

        • Hi Zoe,

          Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

          It certainly sounds like your employer is offering 6 months of paid leave — lucky you! But you might have to read the fine print to be confident of exactly how much it will be, just in case. They might offer a base rate or something else. Who knows?

          And, even better, you’ll still eligible for the government’s Parental Leave Pay as long as you meet the other criteria (work test, income test, residency test). You have to receive the government’s PPL in full within 12 months of your baby’s birth so make sure you apply early to receive the full amount. Some people take one after the other but I think it is possible to take both lots of money at the same time (you’ll have to check this with Centrelink).

          Hope this helps!

          All the best x

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

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

      I do not know much about this rule but I’m thinking that your situation is exactly what they’re describing here. You’re putting in the hours, even if at this point in time, the business is not making much money and you’re not getting a wage. I would think that you’d be able to count the hours you put into this as part of your work test. Of course, you’ll have to double check this all with Centrelink to be sure. Also I’m not sure what they ask for in terms of proof, or if they do ask for proof at all, though so that’s something else to check with them.

      I hope you get some good news.

      Mery Christmas. Take care x

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  7. Good Morning,

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

    • Hi Eury!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      To be honest though, I’m not exactly sure of the answer to this one. I think that you would be — if your income would meet the income test then I think that’s is what they look at. I’ve not been asked this question before nor have I been in this situation though … so I’m not 100 per cent and you will have to check with Centrelink.

      Also, while I was doing some reading to see if I could find the answer for you, I can across an article about how some business owners had inadvertently made themselves ineligible for PPL because they hadn’t realised that they couldn’t return to work after the baby’s birth and before taking the Parental Leave Pay. You might already be aware of this, but I thought I’d flag it with you anyway just in case. Basically, they’d needed to work during their businesses peak time and had decided they’d take the leave afterward, only to find that they couldn’t.

      Here’s some more info that you might find useful too: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/parental-leave-pay/payment-rates/how-going-back-work-can-affect-your-payment#a2

      Sorry I couldn’t be more help!

      Take care x

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

    • Hi Vanessa!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      I am not too sure about this one. I’ve not have much experience with ‘reportable fringe benefits’ but I do know that I always have to declare the amount my partner contributes to his own super via salary sacrifice and also have to add back any investments losses that we deduct from our tax.

      I think that you’re right to think that is what you have to do.

      Do you have other reportable fringe benefit that is not included in this amount?

      Sorry I couldn’t be more help!

      Take care x

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      • Thanks for ur respond! Apprecite it.

        I dont think I have other reportable fringe benefit as it doesnt say anything on my group certificate or tax return report.

        I havent lodge my claim coz not sure of this one thing and dont want to put the number wrong. I might go in in Centrelink but was hoping someone knows how the correct way so it save me the trips 😀

        Thanks anyway ❤️

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

    • Hi Dee, thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I think, although I’m no expert on this, that you’d be able to get a second job even when on leave. Unless there’s some clause in your company’s contract that says otherwise.

      I don’t think it will matter when applying for the government’s Parental Leave Pay — they don’t really mind how many jobs you’ve had just as long as you’ve worked enough to meet the ‘work test’ requirements.

      There’s no much more I can add I’m afraid without knowing more details.

      Take care x

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

    • Hi Natasha!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      You still need to meet the work test to receive Paid Parental Leave a second time. The period of Parental Leave Pay DOES count as work but to meet the work test you’d still have to work for at least 10 months within the 13 months prior to the baby’s due date (and the parental leave pay period would only be 4 months).

      Sorry I didn’t have better news! Take care x

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  11. HI

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

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

      A father can only receive Parental Leave Pay if the mother is first eligible and then transfers it over to him (while he is taking leave from his job).

      A father can apply for Dad and Partner Pay — which is two weeks of pay at the minimum wage — to fund some time off work.

      A family can apply for Family Tax Benefits, which includes a newborn supplement and upfront payment. The amount received is based on the family income and the number of dependent children.

      Here is some more information on all of the government payments that families might be eligible for: https://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/guide-to-government-family-benefit-payments/

      Hope this helps!

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

    • Hi Mish!

      Thanks for your question.

      Centrelink will pay you for 18 weeks regardless of whether you’re receiving pay from your employer as well. So that will be 32 weeks.

      HOWEVER, I have heard of employers cutting back their payment if the worker is also receiving Parental Leave Pay from the government. I think this is quite rare and hopefully your employer isn’t one of the ones who do this. But I thought I’d mention it just in case. You should have a chat to your employers just to make it clear what you’re eligible for from them.

      If you’ve been with your employer for at least 12 months you’re eligible to take at least 12 months of leave (unpaid) with the right to return to your same position.

      I hope that I have answered your question. If you need clarification feel free to come back with more questions!

      All the best x

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

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

    Any further info on this would be most helpful.

    Thanks,
    Laura

  14. Hi,

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

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

    Thanks for your help.

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

      There are 2 parts to meeting the work test. 1. You need to work for at least 10 months within the 13 months before your due date and 2. You need to have worked 330 hours within those 10 months.

      So for you, your 13 month period started on June 15 2018. And if you calculate 10 months ahead from that date you get to April 2019. You will definitely have worked more than 330 hours within that 10 month period. But you DO need to satisfy BOTH of those criteria.

      HOWEVER — if you cannot work because of pregnancy complications you may be exempt from the work test.

      You will need proof in the form of a letter from your doctor and you will also need a letter from your employer stating that had those complications not arose you would have continued to work and would have met the work test.

      There’s more info here (scroll down a bit to see the example they give): https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/how-much-you-need-have-worked-get-parental-leave-pay/28566#exceptionsppl

      Hope this helps! All the best x

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

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

    • Hi Cindy! Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy. I’m glad you’ve found this thread helpful.

      I am not too sure what happens in this situation. I would think that you’d meet the work test for Parental Leave Pay but there is just one thing I’m not sure about.

      SO to meet the work test you have to have worked for 10 months within the 13 months before you baby’s due date. You cannot have more than 8 weeks off BETWEEN 2 working days within those 10 months.

      In your case… the 13 month period goes from Jan 20 2018 to February 20 2019. The 10 month period can run from Jan 20 – November 20. I’m assuming you worked for at least 330 hours in this period. My only concern is that you finished up on Nov 14 and the 10-month period runs until Nov 20. I really would hope that you’re still eligible because you haven’t taken more than 8 weeks off between two working days – but it is the ‘between two working days’ that is confusing me because you’ll not have a 2nd ‘working day’ for there to be a ‘between’. Does that make sense?

      However if you were paid any annual leave or maternity leave from Nov 14 then that would still count as work.

      I am sorry that I couldn’t help more. Please check this with Centrelink and if you think of it, I’d love to know what they advise in this case. That way I’ll be able to help others in your situation.

      Hope this helps!

      All the best x

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

    • Hi im a bit confused as well. My employer pays for 10 weeks of maternity leave at my regular wage. Am i still eligible for PPL from gov on top of that for 18 weeks? Thanks for your help 🙂

      • Hi Steph!

        Thanks for your question! Yes — you can still be eligible for the Government’s Parental Leave Pay even if your employer offers some paid maternity leave too.

        The only thing is that I’ve heard of employers paying LESS if they employee receives the government PPL so I’d check your workplace policies to make sure they pay the full amount regardless of whether or not you’re eligible for PPL.

        Hope this helps!

        All the best x

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

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

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

    Appreciate any advice xx

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

      If you’re confused you’re certainly not alone!

      I can’t say for sure what I think because I don’t know when you started work. So to give you some sort of answer, I’m going to assume that you’ve been working at this job for a while.

      So, to meet the work test you need to work for 10 months within the 13 months before your baby’s due date. Within those 10 months you must have worked for 330 hours and you cannot have more than eight weeks unpaid between two consecutive work days.

      For you, your 13 month period began on November 26 2017. I’m going to assume that you were working at this time. If you start your 10 month period from this same date, it ends on September 26 2018. At which time you were still working according to your dates. If that is all true for you then I am fairly sure you’ll meet the work test as you’ll have worked for those 10 months within the 13. And you’ve done the 330 hours.

      I hope I’m correct, but I’m not an expert though so you’ll have to check all this with Centrelink. And of course this is with me assuming that you’ve worked for the entire time.

      Please feel free to ask more questions if you need.

      All the best x

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

    Thank you

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

      The simple answer is yes — you can still be eligible for Parental Leave Pay even if your hours are from two (or more) separate jobs.

      However I just wanted to make sure you’re calculating things correctly because you’ll need to have 330 hours within 10 months (not 12). The rule is that you have to have worked for 10 months within the 13 months before your baby’s due date. So for you the 13 month period is (without knowing exact dates) February 2018 – March 2019. And the 10 months is any period within that where you’ll reach the criteria.

      I hope that makes sense! Please feel free to ask more questions if you need.

      All the best x

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

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

      Unfortunately I don’t think I have very good news for you.

      To answer your last question first, I think if you apply after July 2019 they will still go by 2017/18 financial year. This is how they word it: you need to have “earned an individual adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less in the financial year before the birth or adoption or the date you lodge your claim, whichever is earlier”.

      And I’m afraid they do look at what is called the ‘Adjusted Taxable Income’ where they add things back on such as investment losses and reportable fringe benefits. I don’t know much about tax and fringe benefits so I’m unsure what ‘exempt FBT’ speficically is and whether it is different from ‘reportable fringe benefits’. So I’d definitely check this out if I were you. Here’s some info from the Centrelink site on adjusted taxable income: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/what-adjusted-taxable-income/29571

      I wish I had better news for you. Please check this all with Centrelink — I hope I’m wrong!!

      Please feel free to ask more questions if you need.

      All the best x

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

    • Hi Lily. Thanks for your question. It’s a great idea to plan these things ahead of time because people have missed out because they weren’t aware of some of this stuff.

      The good news is that yes, if you meet the criteria you will receive the full amount of Parental Leave Pay even if it is more that what you were receiving! You only need to work for 10 out of the 13 months before your baby’s due date and only 330 hours within those 10 months.

      The other thing you should consider though is if you’re working part time will you be able to take maternity leave from your job? That is, will they give you the 12 months off work and hold your job for when you return? If you’re not planning on returning to work then this won’t matter but if you are you should check your contract or chat to your employer.

      I hope that makes sense! Please feel free to ask more questions if you need.

      All the best x

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

    Thanks

    Anna

    • Hi Anna! Thanks for your questions and congrats on your pregnancy.

      To answer your question – you cannot take the Centrelink PPL after your husband has been on paid leave. Only because you cannot work before (or during) your Parental Leave Period.

      There might be a way around it though.

      First of all, you have to be eligible for the Centrelink PPL (which you may have worked out already that you are). You are also your baby’s first primary care giver (because PPL is also to ensure the mother has time to recover from the birth).

      You can elect to begin your Parental Leave Pay period from your baby’s birth until the time you go back to work or the time your husband takes his leave.

      You can then transfer the remainder of your Parental Leave Pay to your husband.

      Things to watch for though;

      – Your husband has to also meet the eligibility criteria
      – You’ll need to check also that he can receive both payments at the same time. You CAN receive both (from the government’s point of view) but I have heard of workplaces reducing the amount they pay if the person is also receiving PPL.

      Here’s more info on this: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/parental-leave-pay/eligibility/how-transferring-works

      I’m not sure if there is a minimum amount of work acceptable for you to do to prove he is primary carer. I’ve never seen the government specify this — but perhaps your husband’s work contract might be specific on this.

      Another idea to investigate is: You take the full 18 week’s PPL after your baby’s birth and then when it finished your husband takes his leave. Check his contract etc but Fair Work Australia does say that both parents ARE eligible to take (unpaid) parental leave for 12 months including 8 weeks overlapping. Although if it overlaps then technically he won’t be ‘primary carer’ so might not receive the payment.

      OMG. I hope that makes sense! Please feel free to ask more questions if you need.

      All the best x

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  23. Hi all,

    First of all thank you for providing this forum!

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

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

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

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

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

    • Hi Eva!

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy. It’s very easy to become slightly confused when looking at this!

      So basically, you need to do 10 months and you can’t have had more than 8 weeks off consecutively within those 10 months. It sounds like if you calculate your 10 months from Jul 8 2018 – May 8 2019 then you’ve not had more than 8 weeks off so I would think you’d be eligible based on that. But because of the fact you didn’t start work till July 16, I’m not really sure. I would think it still would be OK but I’m not sure so please check with Centrelink.

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

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

    • Hi Farri,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I’m afraid I’m not sure of the answer.

      So basically, you need to do 10 months and you can’t have had more than 8 weeks off consecutively within those 10 months. It sounds like if you calculate your 10 months from Dec14 2017 – Oct 14 2018 then you’ve not had more than 8 weeks off so I would think you’d be eligible based on that. But I’m not really sure so please check with Centrelink.

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

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      • Thanks for reply
        Sorry I have one more question I took unpaid maternity leave due to health issue I have high blood pressure. I left work on 7 September and took maternity leave early.
        then in October I did online job for USA company only 15 days they paid me salary and certificate for my work but I didn’t get pay slip from them.overseas experience it’s also gonna count as a work? If yes … what document centrelink ask for evidence after applying do I really need pay slip… or should I ask my doctor to make medical certificates about my health issue I don’t wanna loss my parental payment so looking for best option.

        • Hi Farri! No worries we are happy to help!

          I am not sure what documentation Centrelink require for proof of overseas work. Sorry! This is something you’ll have to check with them.

          If I were you I’d do both. Get the letter from your doctor as well as investigate what you need to prove you worked overseas. You’ll also need a letter from your employer to say that you’d have been able to (and intended to) work for longer had it not been for the medical condition.

          Hope that all makes sense!

          All the best x

  25. Hi,

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

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

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

    So i’m due 1st of Feb 2019

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

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

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

    • Hi Dece!

      Thanks for your email and congrats on your pregnancy!

      Sorry that you’ve spent the weekend stressing — and maybe you’ve already talked to Centrelink. I’m thinking that there’s a chance you’ll be eligible. Counting back 10 months means the 10 month period goes from April 1 to Feb 1. In which time you wouldn’t have had more than 8 weeks off in a row. But I’m not sure about it so I doubt this will ease your anxiety.

      I’d love to hear what Centrelink says, if you get the chance to come back to let us know I’d appreciate it and it will be helpful for other parents in the same position.

      All the best x

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      • Hi,

        Thank you for your response, I did read it earlier but waited until I had news to respond.

        I did contact centrelink and was told that it would be up to the individual that completed my claim. So I was told to tick all the right boxes and explain when they contacted me for further information, which I did.

        It was approved (yay)

        Thanks again for your advice, it did give me peace of mind

        • That is awesome news! And thanks for coming back to let me know.

          This will definitely help me the next time someone asks a similar question here!

          Not long to go now. Stay cool over the summer!

          Take care x

  26. Hi there,

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

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

    • Hi Maz. Thanks for your question. Always good to research first!

      So the thing is that the Government’s Parental Leave Pay is not actually ‘leave’ it is just ‘pay’.

      You’re entitled (if you’ve been with your employer for at least 12 months) to take at least 12 months off as maternity leave. This is unpaid (although some employers offer some paid leave to help fund part of this). This is completely separate from the government Parental Leave Pay scheme.

      So the amount of leave you take is completely up to you (and your circumstances) really. And the government’s Parental Leave Pay is just some money to help financially during this time. As far as I know, they won’t/can’t pay you half so it stretches for longer but you can certainly save half, or put some in a separate account, or pay some bills/payments in advance to cover you for the time you’ll have off.

      Hope that makes sense. Please feel free to ask more questions if you need. We are happy to help!

      All the best x

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    • Hi ladyL – thanks for your question.

      It depends on who provides you with your Parental Leave Pay …

      If your employer is paying your Parental Leave Pay they will have to first deduct tax and anything else you may have deducted (voluntary super, child support etc) at your usual rate. This depends on your individual circumstances and you’ll have to check with your employer or pay office.

      HOWEVER, if you are receiving your Parental Leave Pay from the government they will apply a 15% tax deduction automatically.

      Hope this helps. All the best x

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

    • Hi Ash, thanks for your question. I’m not really sure what it is that you’re asking.

      You are able (if you’re eligible) to receive both paid maternity leave from work AND parental leave pay from the government.

      If you believe you are eligible for Parental Leave Pay from the government you should contact them as soon as possible.

      Hope this helps. All the best!

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