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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).

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

    • Hi Alaa! Thanks for reading and congrats on your new baby and your pregnancy! Without knowing many details I can tell you that it is possible to receive Parental Leave Pay again as long as you meet the work test. So within the 13 months before the next baby’s due date you’ll have to have worked for at least 10 of those months with no more than 8 weeks between two working days and have worked at least 330 hours in those 10 months.

      The thing to note in your circumstance is that periods of Paid Parental Leave DO count as work. So if you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay you can count those weeks in that 10 months if you need to.

      I hope that makes sense. Feel free to come back with more details if you’d like clarification.

      Take care!

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

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

    • Hi! Good to hear from you again. Happy to help!

      I’m not sure exactly what they ask when you do the form online. It’s been 4 years now since I’ve done it myself. Was there an earlier question about your due date? I would think that it should be October 13 rather than July 13 in that question.

      I’m looking at the PDF version of the form. https://www.humanservices.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018/06/fa100-1807en.pdf

      But it is similar? I am looking at Question 64 and 65 (where I believe you’re up to) and they refer back to Question 57 and 59. Have a look there. I’m wondering if you have put in the wrong answer in Question 57 or 59?

      Let me know! Thanks!

      • Hi, thanks for your reply.
        I checked again and I put my due date correctly (Oct 13). But I noticed the pdf you sent me and the online form that I’m filling are very different! The pdf is more detail and it even has a section for pregnancy complications. Do you think I can claim through this pdf instead of online! And take it to Centrelink with attached documents! Maybe it’s going to be easier than online! But I applied for my first child online and I’m not sure if it’s going to be ok to apply by paper this time!!!!

        • Hi Araz! I’m fairly certain that you would be able to fill in this form rather than apply online – however it says at the top of the form that claiming online is faster and easier. It may not be faster and easier for you. And you still do have three months before your due date.

          Might be worth ringing them though and asking why it might be giving you the wrong date on the online application. It could be easier in the long run.

          Let me know how you go. Thanks!

          • Hi again, I checked the dates are correct now! But when I was trying to put my income detail it gave me this note:
            The total adjusted estimate for you is below $18,201. The Tax Free Threshold for the 2017/2018 income year is $18,201. You must advise us at the end of the financial year if you are not required to lodge an income tax return.
            If you are not required to lodge a tax return, the Department of Human Services may still confirm your income with the Tax Office using data such as payment summaries lodged by your employers and declarations from financial institutions about interest earned or dividends received.
            Your new adjusted taxable income estimate of $15,414.00 is less than your actual income of $32,900.00 and your most recent income estimate of $32,900.00. Please recheck the family income estimate you have provided. When you are satisfied it is accurate, please continue with your update.
            What does this mean? Does this mean because my income was lower than $18201 then I’m not eligible for paid parental leave??? The $32900 was my income in 2015 but it’s lower nor because I’m part time.

          • Hi!

            From what I understand this form also assesses your eligibility for Family Tax Benefits. And this question won’t really impact your Parental Leave Pay claim. Having an income of less than $18201 is fine.

            To see if you’re eligible for Family Tax Benefits they need you to estimate your income. And it should be as accurate as possible – because if you overestimate you may end up having to pay some back at the end of the financial year when your actual income is known.

            I think, with this note, they are just making sure you have calculated your income correctly. Because the difference from last year is so large. And they don’t want people to make costly mistakes when estimating.

            Hope that makes sense!

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

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

      The short answer is yes. To meet the Work Test for the Government’s Parental Leave Pay you have to work for 10 months out of the 13 before the baby’s due date and it does NOT matter if you work for one employer or multiple employers.

      However … the Parental Leave Pay is just a payment – it is not an entitlement to leave. If you’d like to take 12 months off work and have your employer hold your job for you when you return, you’ll also need to apply for maternity leave (usually unpaid) from them. To be entitled to maternity leave you need to have been with your employer for at least 12 months. Employers do have different policies though – (some offer it after less time) and they are able to be flexible if they want to offer it to you earlier they are able to. You’d just have to negotiate this with them.

      Hope all this makes sense. If you’ve got further questions please feel free to ask. All the best x

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

    • Hi Araz! Thanks for comment and I’m happy to hear that you have found us helpful already.

      I do not know for sure what Centrelink checks (or what they don’t check) and how they check it.

      I would imagine that the letter you have from your boss at the time would be enough but it wouldn’t hurt to at least talk to the new boss to let him know that he could expect a call from Centrelink. He’ll have to be across the Parental Leave Pay stuff anyway perhaps as you’ll most likely be receiving the payment through your employer.

      Also – have you started your application yet? You don’t have to wait until the baby is born. YOu can apply up to 3 months before your due date. That way they might be able to get started on your application. The payments can’t start until after the baby is born but it may cut down on processing time afterwards.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have further questions! Take care x

        • Hi Araz, That is correct. You can start your application and submit it any time now. They will not be able to finalise it and start paying you until after the baby is born though as you’ll need to submit the Proof of Birth forms after the birth. Is a good idea to do it beforehand — there’ll be a lot less time afterwards! Take care x

    • Hi First time mum! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      Parental Leave Pay starts after the baby is born. You can apply beforehand but you can’t finalise your claim until you have proof of birth (this is a very important document they’ll give you at the hospital). Once you finalise the claim it still can take a while to process. I’m not exactly sure at how long this is taking at the moment.

      Hope this helps you with your budgeting! All the best x

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  6. Hi there,

    Thanks for all the info and the prompt responsiveness. Just asking a clarification question in relation to the PPL and paid maternity leave which a company provides. I am entitled to 13 weeks fully paid maternity leave from my company, and it’s my understanding that despite this, I am still able to receive the PPL. Two questions:

    1. Can I receive the PPL during the same period that I am receiving my company’s parental leave payments?

    2. Am I able to claim the PPL at a later stage during my maternity leave. i.e. after my company’s parental leave runs out. Or does it need to be straight after birth?

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Jean! Thanks for reading and I’m very happy that you found this article and comments useful.

      To answer your questions.

      1. Yes, I believe you can receive the two payments at the same time.
      2. Yes, you can set your start date to whenever you like within one year of your child’s birth. The catch is that you have to receive the full amount within the year. So if you leave it until the last two weeks within the year, you’ll only receive two weeks of pay. You have to set the start date at least 18 weeks before the end of the year to receive the full 18 weeks of pay.

      I would recommended starting your claim before your baby, finalising it once baby is due (as you’ll need to submit proof of birth) but setting the start date until later (after your company’s leave pay runs out) — if that is what you want to do. That would be much easier than waiting until later to do the whole claim. Just so you know where you start and you’re not held up by processing times.

      Take care x

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  7. Hi there!
    Can you please help me to answer my concern about 10 of the 13 months? I tried to make a phone call to Centrelink numberous time but I can’t get in touch with anyone.
    My baby add is 7 October2018. Im working for one employer since 2016 ( full time) until now and planing to finished work at 31 July 2018 however, I got 3 weeks unpaid break from 7 may to 1april. Lot of people tell me I can not have 8weeks unpaid untill baby add? I’m so confused. Can I stop working in 31 July or should I keep working until the end of August to meet the work test?
    Please

    • Hi Doan phan. Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. Congrats on your pregnancy.

      I am pretty sure — but not 100 per cent certain, so you still need to contact Centrelink to confirm — that you will meet the work test.

      To meet the work test you have to have worked for 10 out of the 13 months before your baby is due. And you have worked for 10 months within those 13 months – September 7 2017 -July 7 2018.

      There is a rule that says you you cannot have more than 8 weeks off unpaid between two working days, but I’m pretty sure that rules only applies within the 10 months (not the full 13).

      Please give Centrelink a call to confirm this. But that’s my understanding of how it works. Also if they tell you otherwise, I’d love it if you couldn’t come back to let me know. As always make sure you write down everything that Centrelink tells you, including the time of the call, the name of the person you spoke with etc. Just in case. The best phone number is 136 150 and the phone lines are open Mon – Fri 8 am – 8 pm.

      Take care x

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      • Thanks for your time.
        I went to Centrelink to day to check if I’m still ok to be finish in July and they said 8 weeks gaps just apply for 10months not 13 months. So I just come back and let you know you re right :_)) and got my CRN link to account

        • Awesome! I’m relieved that you’re eligible! And I’m so glad that you’ve come back to let me know too! Now I can feel more confident when giving advice to others in your situation.

          All the best for the exciting times ahead. Take care x

  8. Hi . Anyone can help me . I still.havent received my parental leave so far is 11 weeks since my bub born.. I called them everyweek they said will do urgent everything good and been processing. I have financial issue now because havent had income for over 3 months . Any suggestion?

    • Hi Mimi. Congratulations on your new baby. I’m sorry to hear that you’re in financial difficulty and that you’re still waiting for your payment. I am afraid that I don’t have much advice for you. I don’t think it should take much longer. And depending on when you’ve nominated your start date you should hopefully receive some back pay.

      Sorry there’s wasn’t much I could do. Take care x

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  9. Hello, my baby is due before 30 June 2018 and I started my mat leave today from 18 June. My company offers 14 weeks parental leave pay and I am currently making the claim for 18 weeks government pay. Just wonder the government pay I would be receiving, is that based on current minimum weekly pay $695 or the new weekly pay of $719.20 from 1 July 2018?

    • Hi Natasha! Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy – not long to go now, very exciting!

      And thanks for the reminder — I’ve now made a note in my diary to update all these articles with the new amounts on July 1!!

      I would hope that you’d be paid the new amount as you’ll be receiving the Parental Leave Pay after July 1.

      Even if you submit your claim today you can’t finalise it until after the baby is born so I would assume that it would be after July 1 and you’d be receiving the new rate. However, I can’t be sure of this and there would have to be a cut-off at some point — whether it applies to those who applied before June 30 I am not 100 per cent sure.

      It would be wise to double check this with Centrelink! Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

      Take care x

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  10. Hi there,
    My 12month employment contract just finished but I’m not due until September, meaning I will have worked 9-9.5 months of the 13months prior to the birth, even though I have worked 2 days per week (800hrs) during that time. My questions are:
    1) Am I eligible for paid parental leave? I’m guessing maybe not if the 10month rule applies.
    2) when I finished work I had 2 days annual leave pay owing to me which was paid with my final wage. Could I justify working the full 10months by stating that those 2 annual leave days were equivalent to another 1 month of work (eg equivalent of one day per fortnight for a month) even if I didn’t physically work those dates)?
    3) if I meet the eligibility criteria, will Centrelink pay me directly (as I am no longer involved with my previous employer)? Will I have to prove my previous 12 month employment history if I no longer work there? (Ie provide payslips etc)?
    4) if I am NOT eligible for the parental leave via avenue 1) or 2) above, I can arrange to do some casual work with a different employer to make up the extra month (but prefer not to!). If I do this work, what proof will I need to show I completed this work (eg payslips?)?Thank you.

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

      I am afraid that I don’t really know the answer to this one. It is also hard to calculate without knowing exact dates. Did you finish up in May or this month? What date is your baby due?
      To answer your questions with what I know …

      1. I would defintely still check your dates again and check with centrelink about this. The rule is that you can have up to 8 weeks unpaid leave within those 10 months. I wonder if it matters if this time can be at the end of the 10 months. If that’s the case you should meet the work test. Definitely pursue this further.

      2. I’m not 100 per cent sure on this one but even though paid leave counts as work, it would count as another two days in this case (not two weeks). But again – check this with Centrelink.

      3. Centrelink does pay people directly in some cases, including when you no longer work there. I am not sure what proof you need to provide.

      4. I’m not sure what proof they ask. They would require you to list your employers and their contact details – so maybe they call them to verify?

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. I hope you get some answers soon – I would also hope that you’d still meet the work test.

      Feel free to come back with any more questions/details or clarification. Take care x

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      • Thanks very much for taking the time to reply, I appreciate it’s a tricky situation and difficult to find answers. I’m not confident that I’ll get through to a helpful customer service rep if I call Centrelink (based on previous experience), but worth a try I guess.

        If it helps/clarifies things, I finished work on 31st May 2018 and baby is due 11 Sept 2018.

        • Hi Mandy! Thanks for coming back. The dates do confirm that you are just a week or so away from meeting those 10 months requirement but I really don’t know which way they’d go when working whether you’d be eligible.

          When you do contact Centrelink make sure you have a pen and paper handy to document everything they tell you. Make a note of the time, name of the customer service rep, and every detail they give you. If you have to stop them and ask for them to repeat something then please do it — you shouldn’t feel rushed (heavens knows they make us wait :)!)

          Hope you get a good outcome. I’d love to know what they do tell you too! It might help us help someone else in your situation in the future. Good luck and take care x

          • Thanks again, I’ll give them a call and hopefully get a straight answer. If I find out anything helpful I’ll share here.

  11. Hi

    Do you know how the 10 of 13 months of work criteria is calculated? Do you need to have worked a set number of hours or days within each month for it to be counted?

    I’m due in October 2018 and worked full-time from July 2017 to early May 2018 (7.5 of the 13 months needed, and significantly more than the 330 hours requirement).

    I’ll be doing some temp work from now on – is there a set number of hours/days I need to work in order to meet the 10 month criteria? I’m wondering if, as long as I don’t have more than an 8-week gap between working days, this will be sufficient? Or if I need to work at least a day a week for another 2.5 months to get up to the 10 month mark?

    Apologies if this question isn’t clearly defined!

    Thanks, Rachel

    • Hi Rachel! Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question – don’t worry, I understand what you mean 🙂

      It is super confusing but the 10 months just means a 10-month period – it doesn’t matter how many hours or days you worked in those months for it to be counted.

      As long as you’ve worked at some point during those 10 months, meet the 330 hours, and not had a 8 week break between two working days then you should meet the work test.

      I hope this helps answer your question. Take care x

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  12. Hi I have a question about earning money on paid parental leave. Is it ok to earn $50 per week delivering catalogs and not have it affect my paid parental leave?
    Thanks

    • Hi Newmum. Thanks for reading and congrats on your new baby!

      I am afraid that you aren’t able to do any work while receiving Parental Leave Pay from the government. I know that $50 a week isn’t much but I would assume that they’d still count this as returning to work and your payments could stop.

      Sorry I didn’t have better news for you. All the best x

  13. Hello. I’m hoping you can help me. I had my baby in March and at the time I was on a bridging visa waiting for my permanent residency to be approved. (We submitted our application back in September but there was a backlog in processing due to changes in immigration). My bridging visa had an indefinite period of stay. My PR was approved in April, 29 days after my baby was born. I applied for ppl but it was rejected as they are saying I didn’t have a permanent visa at the time of birth. (But they said my partner can get dad and partner pay which I don’t understand as he and I were on the same PR application). It took 7 months for the PR to be approved and we didn’t need to provide any extra documents – they accepted everything we supplied in September. I’m not sure what I should do as I now have no income and my partner is on a low wage. I have appealed my claim but I’m waiting 6 weeks and still haven’t heard back. I also have a claim in for FTB but I don’t think I will get this as my time off work is in between 2 tax years and I worked up to February 2018. I meet all the requirements for PPL. Thanks for your help 🙂

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

      I would call back to see how the appeal is going. Six weeks is a long time.

      It sounds like you might be eligible for Family Tax Benefit and if you’re worried about going over the threshold you can wait till the end of the financial year (only a month away now) to put in an application for a lump sum (after you do your tax return). They will work out whether you’re eligible based on your actual taxable income (rather than have you estimate it) and you can be assured that what you’re getting is the correct amount.

      At the start of the tax year – July 1 – you can also put in an application for family tax benefits to be paid fortnightly from then on. YOu’ll have to estimate your income for the 2018/2019 tax year but if you’re not working that shouldnt’ be too hard to do.

      Also depending on how low your husband’s income is, you could have a look at Parenting Payment as well. The cut off for this is quite low though – it is an income support for low-income families with children. There’s more information in this post: https://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/guide-to-government-family-benefit-payments/

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

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      • Hello,

        Thanks you for your reply. We also did apply for the parenting payment but that was rejected because his income before tax is over the threshold. My parntner received the dad and partner payment which is good. I also have a claim in for FBT since may and I keep ringing but they said I’m in th que and just need to wait until it is processed. I am also checking up on my appeal and being told the same thing. The appeal is in since April. I’m not sure what to do now as we are really struggling but not getting any help when we ring and call into Centrelink which I have done numerous of times. I was advised to put in another claim for PPL in case that may be approved before the appeal is looked at but this is also in for weeks now. Do you know anything I can do that might help my case as I fear it being rejected again for the visa reasons even though my partner received his pay?

        Thank you.

        • Hi Babyboo. I am very sorry to hear that you’re going through this. I’m afraid that I don’t really have much advice on what might help your case. Hopefully they’ll come back with their decisions very soon. I would hope that it wouldn’t take too much longer. take care x

  14. Hiya

    I am confused about the start of the payments. From what my reading states, you typically are on leave from about 6 weeks prior to the birth. However you don’t actually get paid anything till the actual birth? Are we not entitled to anything for that month and a bit prior, however still required to be off work unless a doctor states otherwise?

    Cheers,

    Pat.

    • HI Patrick.

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. I’m afraid that yes, they don’t pay Parental Leave Pay without proof of birth, which does mean that if you’re not entitled to any paid leave from your employer (annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave) then you would have to have a plan for how to budget for those weeks without the extra wage.

      Also, depending on the job, and your partner’s health it isn’t uncommon to work perhaps up to 38 weeks. It might be something to think about. I’m not sure if stopping at 34 weeks is typical, but of course it is up to the pregnant woman and how she is feeling.

      Sorry I didn’t have better news for you. Let me know if you have further questions. Take care!

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  15. Hi there!

    Just wanted to ask, my husband and i are expecting our first child on the 19th of December this year and i know im entitled to parental leave for 18 weeks however i’m confused because i’m not sure if thats the ONLY payment we receive or are there other payments ill be receiving too? Husband works full time but not enough to support the 3 of us.
    Also after the 18 weeks, will the parental payment just stop? i am stressing how we will be able to support ourselves after we get cut off? i wont be returning to work atleast for a year.

    thanks for reading!
    Michelle

    • Hi Michelle! Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy. Very exciting times ahead.

      There are other payments available but it does depend on your family’s income.

      Firstly there is a income support payment called Parenting Payment but it is really for very low income earners.

      Secondly there is Family Tax Benefits Parts A and B. These are not income support payments – more of a bonus to help families with the cost of raising children.

      The cut-off income for Family Tax A is quite high. I think for one child under 12 the cut-off is about $99,000 adjusted taxable income a year. If you earn less than $52,000 you receive the maximum amount but they start to reduce the payment according to how much you earn over that amount.

      In any case the maximum per child is $182.84 a fortnight. So it isn’t much, definitely helpful, but not like a wage substitute.

      Family Tax B is paid when one person is not working, or working very little. You might be eligible for that as well (depending on your family income) but not until your Parental Leave Pay period is over.

      I hope this helps a little. Please come back if you’d like further information. I can tell you more about how to calculate your adjusted family income etc if I knew more about your situation.

      If you’re really worried about how you’ll cope on one income it is also worth doing a budget now, seeing if there are ways to cut expenses and also chatting to your bank if you have a mortgage to see if they can help with a drop in repayments for a little while or something like that.

      Please feel free to ask more questions. I am more than happy to help x

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  16. Hi,
    We’ve just had our baby girl and sent the info to centerlink! My wife works for herself. Do you know if it will be a lump sum payment or will be fortnightly payment?
    And also how long does it usually take to process?
    Thanks so much for your help

    • Hi Sam! Thanks for your question and congratulations on your baby girl! How exciting.

      Firstly if you’re receiving parental leave pay directly to you, they usually supply it fortnightly.

      Secondly, they say on their website that if you’ve submitted Proof of Birth and nominated a start date you’ll usually receive your first payment a fortnight after that start date. I’m not too sure whether that is provided that you’ve been approved already (some people send it their application before they baby is born and it is approved then, pending the proof of birth). If you’ve done it that way you should be processed quite quickly. If there is a hold up, the first payment would include backpay to the nominated start date.

      Hope this helps! All the best. Take care!

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  17. Hi Guys,

    My partner is currently 19 weeks pregnant and as part of her employment she is entitled to 12 weeks parental leave, i was wondering if we qualify for the additional 18 weeks via centrelink? She is currently permanent part time.

  18. Hi bubhub

    My wife has been working in a full time capacity for the last 4 years and is still employed with the same employer but due to a major accident, she couldn’t work for around 4 months but should still meet 330 hours but not the 10 months criteria. Will this affect?

    • Hi Shanon. Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. I’m sorry to hear about your wife’s accident.

      I’m afraid I’m not really sure about the answer to this question. You do have to meet both sets of criteria (the 10 months and the 330 hours) BUT I do know that if someone has to stop work because of a pregnancy health issue then they could still be eligible if they provide a letter from their doctor and a letter from their employer — to say that they would otherwise have continued to work had it not been for the complication. I am not sure whether this would apply in your’s wife’s circumstance though. So you would really have to check with Centrelink.

      Was your wife receiving any paid leave during these four months? As in sick pay etc? As this might count as work … And what are the dates that she was not working?

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Let me know if you have further questions though – am happy to help. take care!

  19. I have a question if i’m still eligible to get a parental leave pay. I’m 4 weeks pregnant and need to stop to work due to sensitive pregnancy. I’m going to get a letter from the doctor so i have a note aswell. I’m with my employer since 1st week of July 2017 and i need to leave this May 2018. So i’m leaving to work in my early pregnancy.

  20. Hello Bub Hub crew! Wow a year after writing this article and lots of comments and helpful information and replies still now, that’s great.

    I wonder if you can please help me with my question, thank you.

    My partner and I are due to have a baby in December so we are only at 8 weeks now, however our situation is fairly complicated. I am now a citizen and my partner and step son are now permanent residents, they are from overseas and so my question is specifically for the PPL for my partner – can she access this and the 10 / 13 months working criteria from her employer overseas? I read that it must be one work day a week which she will be eligible for, if so what information will she need to provide to show that she worked this one day a week min and does it count that it is from an overseas employer as she is currently overseas or does she have to work in Australia to be eligible for PPL for that 10 / 13 months or can it be a combination of work from overseas and here. She is currently back overseas, but is a permanent resident and will be arriving again in the next few months.

    Thank you for any help and advice you can give

    • Hi dad2be! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. Yes – it is quite a surprise that this humble post has gotten so many views over the year. Turns out many of us are quite confused by all this!

      Congrats on the pregnancy too.

      So, to answer your question, work done overseas can count towards the work test (as long as the mother is a resident and in Australia when the baby is born). I don’t, however, know much about how you prove this and what you need to provide so I’m afraid you’ll still have to check the finer details with Centrelink. You can begin your application before the baby is born (I think up to three months before – don’t quote me on that) so you can see then what you might need to provide. But it would probably be wise to check with them sooner so that you can start collecting any documentation you might need.

      Take care. All the best!

  21. Hey,
    so after my 18 weeks of parental leave pay what will i be able to claim?
    Rent assistance, FTB – Aand B and that’s it?
    Ive been searching around the centrelink page with no luck.
    Thanks
    J

  22. If I am on parental payment from say a supermarket and an office offers me 2 x 1.5hrs filing does that affect the payment?

  23. Hello, I am also wondering if I will qualify for PPL. I started working for my employer on 19th June 2017. I worked up until 28th july 2017 and then had a 10 week break whilst I focused on studies – I remained employed, just didn’t take on shifts. The next shift was 2nd October 2017 and I have worked full time since (with no more than a two week gap). I am due September 3rd 2018 (planning to take maternity leave from my employer from approx July 7th).

    So, I will have worked full time from the 2nd Oct 2017 through to due date 3rd Sept 2018 (this will include several weeks of paid maternity leave) which is 11 months… but I know I need to be employed for 13,… does the 10 week break I had from July-Oct affect when the 13 months is calculated from?

    Thanks,

    • Hi TJ. Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy.

      The good news is that you don’t have to have worked for 13 months. The rule is that you have to have worked for 10 MONTHS, within those 13 months. So I’m pretty sure with your dates that you will meet that work requirement. Of course please check this with Centrelink. The only thing I would worry about it that if you plan to leave in July then you’re not making the 10 months – but if you’re being paid leave then I think this is OK. Might be something to double check though.

      Take care x

  24. Hello, I started working for my current employer on the 31st of July 2017 and my baby is Due to arrive on the 26th of May. I had to cease work on the 20th of April due to pregnancy complications. I am a casual employee but have worked well over 500 hours in the time I have worked for the company, while I know that I am not entitled to paid leave from my employer am I entitled to paid parental leave from centrelink, or anything at all?

    Before being employed by this company I was unemployed.

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

      To be eligible for Parental Leave Pay you have to have worked for 10 months (within the 13 months before your due date) which means in your case the 10 months starts from July 26 2017 and goes to May 26 (your due date).

      The government does take into account pregnancy complications – so if someone has to stop work because of medical reasons (and otherwise would have been eligible) they can provide two letters to Centrelink to verify this. One letter from your doctor to say you couldn’t keep working and another from your employer saying that you could have continued to work (and wouldn’t have meet the work test) if it weren’t for the pregnancy complications.

      The thing I’m a little worried about the fact that you didn’t start till July 31. They do allow people to have up to 8 weeks between two working days so I’d hope that you wouldn’t miss out because of a couple of days at the start of the 10 month period.

      I’d definitely be speaking to Centrelink to make sure (keep good notes of who you talked to, when you talked to them and what they said!) And I’d love you to come back once you do. I’d like to know what they advise so I could help others in the future.

      Oh – if you’re not eligible you can check your eligibility for the Newborn Supplement and Upfront Payment.

      Sorry I couldn’t help you more. Take care x

  25. I am having my first child in August 2018, and I have worked f/t for my current employer for a little over 3 years. In terms of income, it does appear that I might be eligible, as my income in 2016/17 was around 50% of the $150K that is mentioned.
    My employer offers 28 wks paid maternity leave at 1/2 pay or 14 wks at full pay.
    My question is whether this disqualifies me from receiving PPL.
    It’s all very confusing!

    • Hi! Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for reading. Don’t stress to much about being confused by all this – if you can see by the number of comments on our article you are definitely not alone! It is a lot of info to take in!

      Basically though, yes, your income is certainly under the threshold and if you’ve worked for your employer for three years then you should meet the work test too.

      You ARE also able to receive Parental Leave Pay from the government even if your employer offers paid leave too. The government did try to stop this – what they called ‘double dipping’ – but it never got through.

      Hope this helps. Feel free to ask further questions if you have them. Take care x

      • Hi,
        Can you explain more about that 3 years and threshold!!! If you work more than 3 years with certain income (less than 150k) you are eligible to get paid from your employer???

        • Hi Araz. Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment. I am not sure what you’ve heard about a ‘three years’ rule.

          There are two types of parental leave pay. If your employer offers their own parental leave pay then they will have their own criteria on how much etc and who is eligible. Australian employees are all entitled to take 12 months of unpaid parental leave if they’re worked for their employer for 12 months or more.

          The government also has a Paid Parental Leave Scheme. To be eligible to receive that you must 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.

          Also you have to have an individual adjusted taxable income LESS than $150,000.

          Currently you can receive both payment if you’re eligible.

          Hope this helps!

      • Thank you! It’s great to have this website as a go-to resource for my random questions any time of day and night!

  26. Hi,
    I have 2 questions.
    1. If I earned less than 150000 Aud but my husband earned more than 150000 Aud in the last financial year am I going to be eligible for maternity pay?
    2. I had pregnancy complication at the begging of my pregnancy (5 weeks to 16 weeks pregnant) which was more than 8 weeks but I’m gone back to work now and I’ll have over 330 hours done and I’ll provide evidence of the complication from my doctor, will I be eligible for maternity pay?

    • Hi Araz, Congrats on your pregnancy. Glad to hear that things are going well now.

      To answer your first question – Parental Leave Pay is calculated on your individual income. So it doesn’t matter what you husband earned.

      The second question, I’m fairly sure that you’d be still eligible because there is a clause for when you fail to meet the work test because of pregnancy complications (the example given on the Centrelink site has the person stopping work early, but I can’t imagine that it would matter WHEN you needed the time off). To meet the work test in your case you will need that letter from your doctor, but you also need a letter from your employer to confirm that you had intended to keep working during that time and that the job was still available etc.

      Although if your time off was paid (ie sick pay or annual leave) then that is still counted as work. The rule is that you can’t have more than 8 weeks of unpaid leave between two working days.

      Hope this helps – please double check it all with Centrelink of course! Take care x

      • Thanks a lot for your quick reply. I was off for 2,5 months because of pregnancy complication and it wasn’t a paid leave or sick leave. It was unpaid so it’s definatly more than 8 weeks gap for me, I know all the examples are towards the end of pregnancy complications and mine is at the beginning of pregnancy but I hope with my doctor and employer’s letter I will be eligible.

        • Hi! That’s no worries. Happy to help in whatever way we can.

          I really think you’ll meet the work test, if you have those two letters. I’d be pretty surprised and disappointed in the system if they didn’t allow.

          Take care x

  27. Hi, I’m living here in Australia for over 4 years. I am pregnant and the baby’s expected delivery date is 04 August 2018. I am a permanent part-time (37.5 hr/week) child care worker since July 2014. But, I’m still in a post-graduate research visa as a dependent of my husband with no limitation on work. The visa subclass earlier was 574 (Post graduate research) which is now Subclass 500. Am I eligible for a paid parental leave? I have all other conditions satisfied (min working, income, leave etc). But, I am confused about the visa type. Thanks

    • Hi Farhana,

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      There are a few temporary visa subclasses that are still eligible for Paid Parental Leave but I am pretty sure that visa subclass 500 is not one of them – sorry!

      But please double check this with Centrelink as I’d hate for you to miss out if you are eligible. Sorry I did not have better news for you! Take care x

  28. Hi
    I am about to have a baby 31 May 2018. Was wanting to apply for Paid Parental leave. I meet all the criteria however am getting close to earning the max 150k this financial year. Does the $616 week payment count towards your earning eligiblity? Also if i do hit the limit can I nominate the date for payment from 1st July 2018 to get around this?

    In addition I am independent contractor who will no longer work for the agency I am with from 18 May as they will just replace me. Can I be paid directly from the government? Thank you!

    • Hi Natalie! Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy. Not long now!

      The Parental Leave Pay income test is actually based on your income for the year BEFORE your due date. So in your case that will be the 2016/17 financial year. So you don’t have to worry about going close to the cut-off this year. It is worth mentioning too that Centrelink will look at your ADJUSTED taxable income – so they add certain things back on to your taxable income, such as investment losses and reportable super contributions. More info on that here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/adjusted-taxable-income

      Also – if you’re no longer employed by the agency you can certain request to have your parental leave pay paid directly to you.

      Hope this helps! All the best x

  29. Hi
    I’m currently 26 weeks pregnant and work 12 hours per week, I’ve been working with the same employer for over 18months now. I wanted to leave working at 32 weeks due to the physical aspect of my job. Would I still be eligible for Paid Parental leave or do I need to work up until 36 weeks? Also, is the PPL payment rate based on what you actually take home from your employer or is the rate $695 per week regardless?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Tori. Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      To answer your question, the rule is that you have to work for 10 months within the 13 months before your due date — and you can’t have more than eight weeks of unpaid work between two working days. By what you’ve told me you will have already met that 10 month rule by the time you’re 32 weeks pregnant and even if you haven’t you should have less than (or about) 8 weeks before your due date. So I think you’ll be right. You should double check this with Centrelink of course. There is also an option for people who can’t continue to work because of medical issues (if you want to make sure you’re covered). You’ll need to show centrelink a letter from your doctor saying you can’t work past a certain date and a letter from your employer saying that you could have continued working had it not been for the medical problem. Not sure that this applies to you but I thought I’d mention it. I think you’ll be eligible without it.

      As for the amount. It is a set amount for everyone. Even if you usually earn more (or even if you previously earned less).

      Hope this helps. All the best x

  30. Hi there,
    Just wanted to clarify a future scenario to see if I would be qualified for paid parental leave .. if I was to conceive in July 2018 andbaby due in April 2019 with my contract ending 1st feb 2019 am I entitled to ppl? I would have worked since 1st feb 2018 for 2 days every week.
    Thanks for your help
    Thanks Georgina

    • Hi Georgina! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. Awesome idea to plan ahead.

      So basically if you count back 13 months from the expected Due Date then your 13 months starts from March 2018. You then have to work for 10 months within that period. If you work until February then you’ll have done this. Working two days a week should ensure that you meet the 330 hour rule as well.

      I would say – without knowing exact dates- that you would in this scenario meet the work test for Paid Parental Leave. You do also have to meet other criteria – income, residency etc.

      Hope this helps. All the best x

  31. Hi

    Just trying to find out if one should be the Australian resident or Permanent Resident to be eligible to get the paid parental leave? I am on visa subclass 485 i.e post graduate visa, am I still eligible?

    • Hi sun! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. There are a few temporary visa subclasses that are still eligible for Paid Parental Leave but I am pretty sure that visa subclass 485 is not one of them – sorry! Please double check this with Centrelink as I’d hate for you to miss out if you are eligible. Sorry I did not have better news for you! Take care x

  32. Hi,
    Was wondering if you could help I had my daughter on the 9th Feb and didn’t get my pay till litterally today. Which is 9 weeks from her birth. I got back paid from her birth but I wanted to make sure I was paid correctly from my employer and I have tried to figure out all possible ways what it should be but can’t. What’s the 695 after tax?

    Thanks in advance x

    • HI Vera. Congrats on your new baby! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      I’ve had a quick look on an ATO tax calculator and according to it – if you receive $695 a week you’d be taxed $79 – and therefore receive $616.

      HOWEVER – for many people it is not quite this simple as there are other variables to take into account for each individual. That is probably one of the main reasons thatthe system has been set up this way – because employers are already aware of all those variables when calculating how much tax you need to pay. Things like: whether you salary sacrifice, whether you have a HELPP debt or student loan debt, your residency status etc, whether you claim the tax free threshold or not.

      There are some tools on the ATO website that might help you calculate what amount it should have been for you. Try this Tax Withheld Calculator: https://www.ato.gov.au/calculators-and-tools/tax-withheld-calculator/

      Other than that you might have to ask whoever does your pay to explain it to you, so you can double check it.

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

  33. Hi I’m just wondering how this all works…
    So I’ve just finished my maternity leave through work (paid fortnightly – tuesdays) when would my ppl start if my nominated date is the 4 April? Will I be paid 14 days after the 4th leaving a gap of no payments?

    • Hi Bees! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. I would assume that if your work is paying the Parental Leave Pay, then it would continue in your usual pay cycle. So you should receive something on your next pay date (after April 4). Has that day passed? Perhaps you should contact your pay office at work to make sure it is all going smoothly.

      Hope this helps. All the best x

  34. Hi There,

    my wife just having a baby last month. she was working full time until October last year. Then my wife self employed herself as main nails technician in our salon from October 2017 till baby was born. i already submitted a claim via online centrelink account but still have not received any respond yet.

    we already uploaded the Newborn Declaration for my child evidence. what else documents do i need to attached for our case.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Kevin. Congrats on your new baby!

      When you completed your application Centrelink would have let you know which documents they required. And if they need further documents they would have contacted you to ask for them.

      I think the process does take quite a few weeks so it might be quite normal that your claim is still being processed. You might be able to check the process of your claim using the Centrelink app? Otherwise maybe give them a call if you’re worried that it is taking too long.

      All the best!

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  35. Hi

    Im due to have baby in June, so have been reading up on making the PPL claim.
    I read this “Parental Leave Pay can be paid to you by your employer or directly from the government” and wondering how I go about getting it directly from the government. When submitting through my gov I have to put my employer details, if i can claim it straight through the government that would be better for me.

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

      I am afraid that it has been a long time since I filled out the Parental Leave Pay form so I’m not exactly sure of how you make them aware that you’d like to have the payment paid straight to you.

      According to their site employers must provide Parental Leave Pay to an eligible employee who:
      – has worked for you for at least 12 months before the expected date of birth or adoption
      – will be your employee until at least the end of their Paid Parental Leave period
      – is Australian based

      Are you preferring to have Centrelink pay you because of one of the above reasons – you’re not continuing to work for them etc?

      When filling out the form they would probably ask for your employer details to verify your eligibility and make sure you meet the work test. They usually also contact the employer if they decide that the employer should pay it to you (if you don’t meet those reasons above).

      So, I’m not really sure how you go about letting them know you don’t want it to happen this way. Sorry! You could try asking your question in our forum. It is free, easy to join, and anonymous and there are people there who might have done this recently. Here’s the link: https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

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

  36. Hello 🙂
    I am wondering if you can answer my question. I have been living here for almost 2 years. I am from the states and my partner is from here. I am pregnant for the first time and I am currently on a temporary 820 partner visa. I am working full time and by the time I have the baby it will be a year. I just found out that my work will be giving me 6 weeks paid maternity leave. I am wondering if by chance I am eligible for the paid maternity scheme with the visa that I am on? We applied over a year ago and praying it will be a perm at 801 visa very soon.

    • Hi Dani!

      Congrats on your pregnancy! Thanks for reading, I think I can help answer your question.

      I’m no an expert when it comes to visas but I do know that you don’t have to be a permanent resident to be eligible for PPL – but it does depend on which visa you have.

      From what I can see, people who are on the temporary visa 820 are eligible.

      I found this on the Centrelink site:

      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

      You may be exempt from being an Australian resident, for limited payments and concessions, if you hold a partner provisional visa including:

      subclass 820 – Partner visa (temporary)
      subclass 309 – Partner visa (provisional)

      So I would definitely be looking into this if I were you. Please come back if you have further questions. Take care x

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  37. Hello..
    I have my 10 year old niece placed with me under kinship law since December.
    She is a child of ministery..
    I have worked evening shift for 10 years .
    I’ve had to go on long service leave and holidays at half pay to enrol her in school etc as she is from south Australia..
    She has had a hard life ..
    Behaviour problems..
    Am I eligible..

    • Hi Nic,

      Thanks for your question and sorry for the slow reply. I’m sorry, but I don’t really understand what a child of ministry is but if you’re the primary carer for your niece then you might be able to apply for assistance from the government, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.

      You won’t be able to receive Parental Leave Pay though (which this article above it about) as that is for the parents of new babies. If I were you I would look into Family Tax Benefits – I’m not 100 per cent sure if you’ll be eligible but I would make sure if I were you. Contact Centrelink and see what they have to say.

      Here’s more info on Family Tax Benefit. https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/family-tax-benefit

      All the best x

  38. Hi there I’m having trouble figuring out our options and wonder if you could help? My partner and I both study at the moment with a baby due in May. I work 3hrs a week and currently receive Newstart while my partner receives Austudy. Can I claim parental leave pay? And then if so can my partner claim the parenting payment? If he is not employed will he still receive the dad/ partner payment? And then do we receive also in conjunction with that the newborn upfront payment and the family tax benefit??? I’m just stuck trying to decipher it all please help Thanks.

    • Hi Rochelle, Congratulations on your pregnancy! And thanks for your question.

      It is all very confusing, I know. As you can see by the many comments on this blog post, you are certainly not alone there!

      So, to be eligible for Parental Leave Pay you need to have worked for more than 330 hours in 10 months. I’m not sure that you’d have done that. They say that is approx one day a week. So I don’t think you’d be eligible.

      Also if your partner is not working, he would not be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay.

      I would think then that you definitely would be eligible for Family Tax Benefit – which is a small allowance based on your family income and the number of children you have etc (so I can’t tell you, without more information, how much exactly that would be).

      Also if you’re eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A, then you’ll be able to receive the Newborn Supplement (again the amount depends on your family income) and Upfront Payment (which is $540 per child).

      I would also think that you would be eligible for Parenting Payment – which is an income support payment (like Newstart) but for parents of young children. And your partner could continue on Austudy.

      I hope this helps you make sense of it all. Please double-check it all with Centrelink of course! And feel free to come back if you have further questions. We are more than happy to help. Take care x

  39. Hi! To be eligible for the government Paid Parental Leave, do the 10 months within 13 months before the birth need to be worked within Australia? My partner is taking a secondment for 6 months in the UK and I was wondering if I worked casually while over there, would this count towards the 10 months?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Bec!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your question! According to the Centrelink site, you may be able to claim work done overseas though I’m not exactly how it is done – what proof Centrelink will ask for etc.

      If I were you I’d check this (and double-check it – and document it) with Centrelink before you head off so that you know what to do while over there and also so you don’t have to worry.

      Hope this helps. All the best x

  40. I work for NSW health. Have been there 12 months FT. I get 14 weeks paid maternity leave. Am i entitled to the 18 weeks centrelink maternity leave too?

    • Hi Stace! Thanks for your question! The government does allow eligible people to receive Parental Leave Pay even if they also receive paid maternity leave. Usually people take them one after the other but you are also able – I now believe (but please double check this with Centrelink) – to receive them both at the same time.

      However, I have heard in some instances of employers offering less paid leave to people who are also eligible for the Government’s PPL. Hopefully not many employers do this – and hopefully yours isn’t one of them. But definitely worth checking the fine print of your contract and asking your HR manager what the policy is exactly.

      Hope it all works out for you. Take care x

  41. Hi, I’m expecring our third which is due late Oct this year. I’ve been at my new job for 11 months which means I’ll be entitled to my employers paid parental leave once I go on mat leave. However, I’m wondering if I can extend my PPL using the government’s PPL scheme?
    Thanks in advance

    • Hi mrswatson! Congrats on your pregnancy!

      The government does allow eligible people to receive Parental Leave Pay even if they also receive paid maternity leave. Usually people take them one after the other but you are also able – I now believe (but please double check this with Centrelink) – to receive them both at the same time.

      However, I have heard in some instances of employers offering less paid leave to people who are also eligible for the Government’s PPL. Hopefully not many employers do this – and hopefully yours isn’t one of them. But definitely worth checking the fine print of your contract and asking your HR manager what the policy is exactly.

      Hope it all works out for you. Take care x

  42. I have had my baby 4 weeks ago and about to apply PPL via Centrelink online (which is linked to myGOV.

    I have followed the below path:
    MyGov > Centrelink online > Start Claim > Families > Get Started > Apply for family assistance (including paid parental leave) >

    Here I answered all questions and ticked all the checkboxes which I could apply for those ‘Claim Options’ I could claim.

    I click the ‘Claim Now’ button and get the pop up box displayed:

    Check your details
    Before you begin you should check your details in My Profile and confirm that the information is current

    The problem arises here: I either click on ‘My Profile’ button or the ‘Continue’ button, I get displayed the below ‘Access Requirement’ page:

    Access Requirements
    To use this service, you will need to register for or upgrade your online account access. We can help you with this so that you can use the online claim and a range of our other online services. Please bring photo proof of identity to your nearest Service Centre.

    What to do
    For more information please refer to our website or contact us.

    The second problem is that I don’t have a ‘My Profile’ link on my top navigation of the Centrelink online to update my profile details anyways.

    Thirdly, after login, the Centrelink Express Plus app gives a ‘Service is not available’ error after I click on the tile ‘Personal details’ (assuming this is the My Profile equivalent of the website).

    Please advise, I am getting quite frustrated of this online process and want to do avoid the q’s @ the service Centres.

    Any advise will be appreciated!

    TIA

    • Hi Sakura! OMG – that all sounds like a nightmare.

      I wasn’t sure if you were accessing this from a computer, tablet, phone or the app though. If it is a computer I’d try using a different browser – like switch to Google Chrome or Firefox.

      Although it does sound like they for some reason what to see your ID again? Maybe you have no choice but to go in to show it?

      I am so sorry that I have not much to offer in the way of help here. I might not be able to help you avoid the queues! Sorry!

      Hope you find your answer soon! Take care x

      • You must visit your nearest centre link service. They will do give you the access. And don’t forget to take your proof of identities such as driving licence, photo id card or passport itself.

  43. I’m freaking out. I have worked continuously for years but I started at a new job this year – I’m a teacher so my first official day of employment was Jan 29. I’ve just found out I am four weeks pregnant! Due in November. I am pretty sure I JUST don’t meet the requirements for the ten month work test although I definitely meet the 330 hours test.
    What does this mean? Do I lose my job??

    • Hi! Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy. Sorry to hear that you’re freaking out though! Hope I can help.

      So, firstly, there are two different and separate issues here:

      1. Is ‘will you be eligible for parental Leave pay from the government’ and;

      2. Are you entitled to maternity leave – which is 12 months leave from your job (usually unpaid – but some employers have some paid leave as well, and you can combine with the government’s Parental Leave Pay).

      Let’s look at number 1 first. With the Parental Leave Pay you DO NOT have to be in the same job continuously within those 10 months to be eligible. So if you were working last year – and didn’t have more than 8 weeks of unpaid leave between two working days -(over the Christmas break) you may still meet the work test.

      So, Number 2 … to be entitled to maternity leave in Australia (this is just the time off work – not a payment) you DO have to be working for the same employer for 12 months. However, this is completely at the employers discretion and up for negotiation. If you talk to them and they’re happy to give you maternity leave and hold your job for you then they can decide to do that, even if you haven’t worked there for a year. I was in the same position as you when I feel pregnant with my first child and my employer was still happy to offer maternity leave, even though I’d only worked there for 10 months.

      So, if I were you I’d double check those dates – make sure you didn’t have more than an eight-week break before two working days and then check your eligibility for the PPL.

      Then in a couple of months, when you’re comfortable telling people about your pregnancy, you can chat to your employer about their policies and see where you stand.

      In the meantime, try to relax. I hope it all works out for you. Take care x

  44. Hi I just want to ask something if what I think is right. I read at centrelink online that if you are working for yourself even if it doesnt generate income still eligible for paid parental pay? Does it count that I work at home doing phone calls arranging schedule booking for clients appointments which is for my husband for almost 2 years now? I mean, I consider it work but I dont get any pay from my husband. I just do book his patients and clients and rebook when necessary. I do it everyday less than 5 hours per day. So does this count for me to be eligible for PPL pay? I had my baby last feb 8, 2016 and since then was’nt able to get back from my real work. I was busy with the first child who is now 5, the current baby who is 2 and now I am pregnant 18 weeks. So just wondering if I can claim or not?

    • Hi Joanne! Thanks for reading – congrats on your pregnancy.

      Is this your husband’s own business? If so, I would think that this would be considered ‘work’ as it is a family business. 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 if you’re meet all the other requirements – income, residency, work hours etc – you should put in a claim and see what happens.

      Hope this helps.

      • Hi again, thank you for your answer. Yes he got his own business.. his own ABN.. I have received PPL with my 2 previous pregnancy its just this current one that I am not really sure of since I was not able to go back to the usual work I had.

        • Hi joanne – thanks for coming back to qualify. I think that would count as a ‘family business’ and that you are working in it – even if you don’t pull out a wage. Double check of course with Centrelink but I’d definitely be applying if I were you. All the best x

  45. Hi!
    Am I able to take my maternity leave and my paid parental leave at the same time? We have come into some financial difficulties and I may need to go back to work earlier then planned but that would mean missing out on the paid parental leave and it not being worth it. However if I take it now it would be over by the time I returned to work if this makes sense. I am on paid maternity leave from work but at position is available for me at the end of my paid maternity leave but would pay less then Paid Parental Leave.
    Cheers

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

      I believe that it is now possible to take your government PPL and your employers’ maternity leave at the same time. It used to be the case, I think, that they had to be taken one after the other but I’ve heard that it has changed.

      If I was you I would definitely be ringing Centrelink to see if I could bring the start date forward. Hope it works out for you! All the best x

  46. Hello,

    My due date is the 30th March 2018.
    I returned from overseas (12months away from Aus) early September and did a few days work mid September and then casual hours at a different employee (same employer I had before leaving, but had to resign to go OS) up until next week when I finish up (I have covered the 330hrs) but I am worried about the work within the 13 months prior. I did do work when over seas but it was cash work so no record was taken, could i include this into the 13 months?

    Also my husband has a small trade businesss on the side of also working full time hours and we have always done book work togther etc and the business was still ‘running’ when we were out of the country, it has not made much financial gain but as my name is not on the business (planning on changing that in the next few weeks) and we have no record of what hours I have done would this count towards PPL

    Just wondering what path to take?

    Thank you

    • Hi Grace – thanks for your question and thanks for reading. Congrats on your pregnancy. Not long to go now.

      I’m not too sure about this one. I would think that cash work would not really count, if you weren’t paying tax overseas (or didn’t have a working visa etc) it might not be above board. And it would be hard to prove as well. If that is the case then I’d be more inclined to enquire about whether you can count hours worked in the family business. It is ok to include hours worked in a family business, even when it doesn’t make a profit. I’d just be worried about how to prove you were still working on the business while living outside Australia.

      Definitely worth chasing this up with Centrelink though to see what they say. All the best!

  47. Hi
    I am currently 25 weeks pregnant, ( 21.02.18) and i am due on the 5th of June 2018. I am entitled to 12 months maternity leave through my job so I am entitled to 18 weeks paid parental leave from centerlink. I have never applied for this payment before and it seems all very confusing. I rang centerlink last week to find out what I am need to do first and the lady was very nice and said I just had to fill out an online claim form and fill out my dates of when I want my payment to start. I thought ok doesn’t seems that hard until… I went online to fill it out but have noticed i cant do it till im 3 months out so will have to wait a few more weeks which is fine. Im just wondering as through my reading on there website I came across something that has now further confused me.
    It comes under the heading of Choose when you want you payments to start.
    its gives an example: If you apply for PPL to start at 35 weeks, you can receive is 17 weeks PPL. Then is says if you apply for it to start at 40 weeks the maximum you can receive is 12 weeks and so on.

    My question is am I not entitled to the full 18 weeks and If i am what date do I put. I was planning on going on leave at around 35 weeks which gives me 4 weeks to rest before bubs comes. If i put down the date of 35 weeks pregnant will I be entitled to less than 18 weeks paid parental leave?

    Please help as I just dont need this kind of stress

    Thanks

    • Hi Mel! Thanks for your question – I couldn’t NOT answer tonight because it sounds like you are really stressing, and you’re right – you don’t need this right now!

      So, what you read on the website was talking about something different. You have 52 weeks to put in your claim – so you can submit a claim (or ask for the payments to start) any time until you child turns a year old. But you must receive the full payment within the year. So if you wait until the year (52 weeks) is almost up you won’t get the full payment. So they’re talking about 35 weeks AFTER the baby is due – not week 35 of your pregnancy. 35 weeks is 17 weeks before the year (52 weeks is up). Does that make sense?

      So if you plan on receiving the PPL when your baby is first born you ‘ll receive the full 18 weeks.

      The other thing is though … even though you can start your application before your baby is due you can’t complete it until after your baby is born. You will need to supply Centrelink with proof of birth etc before your claim can be finalised. This means that even though you can start your maternity leave at 35 weeks pregnant your PPL payments won’t be able to start until after your claim is finalised. You’ll still get 18 weeks of pay but they won’t start while you’re still pregnant so you’ll have to plan/budget/save to cover any bills you might have while you’re on leave, before your payments begin. Hope this doesn’t cause you more stress!

      Please – if you have any more questions feel free to ask. I’m more than happy to help out. Take care x

  48. Hi Bubhub Team,

    Thanks for sharing this article. I have arrived in australia on partner visa last year. My visa is eligible for FTB. As soon as I arrived here last year, I fell pregnant within 1 month, which means I stayed unemployed ever since. Now as the bub is born (just over a month ago), my partner (who has been working all this time) and I are wondering if we are eligible for parental leave (18 weeks) payments or not? Centerlink website tells us that if not eligible for parental leave then we can opt newborn supplement and newborn upfront payment instead. It is approximately $1600 atm. However there are other pieces of information that is confusing us a little bit. Such as, transferring parental leave to a partner.

    Another option we digged into is if I start work now, then 10 months down the track may be I would be eligible for this parental leave (based on working 10 month in last 13 months). I don’t know how many weeks would I be eligible for though!

    In case neither of above options is feasible for us, is it possible for my partner (who has always worked) to take this parental leave instead? We don’t know how to prove who is the primary carer of the child, but we share 50-50 all the time. Bub stays with his Dad most of the time (when he is home) and only comes to mom during feeds 🙂

    Any guidance will be much much appreciated as centerlink phonelines are hopeless and their office staff usually have limited information. Website is a maze 🙁

    Regards

    Meenu

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

      To answer your question I don’t think you’d be eligible as the Parental Leave Pay can only be transferred to a partner, if the birth mother is eligible herself. Given that you weren’t eligible yourself, means that you can’t transfer it. And the work has to be before the baby’s due date, so starting work now won’t make you eligible (unless you fell pregnant again, then you might be eligible for the next baby).

      So I think your only option here is the newborn supplement. Sorry I didn’t have better news for you. Take care x

  49. Hi,
    I contacted Centrelink today in and regards to
    Paid parental leave. When I had my son in 2015 I was eligible and received PPL from both my employer and Centrelink at the same time. When I spoke with Centrelink this morning they are telling me that I can only receive one or the other. Can you please tell me if this is correct? They said that if my employer offers PPL I can’t receive Centrelink payment. I would prefer Centrelink payment if I can’t receive both as it is more than what my employer offers.

    • Hi Sheridan. Thanks for your question! As far as I know there has not been any changes to this rule and I’m thinking that someone at Centrelink is giving incorrect information. Did you get a reference number for the call or anything? If I was you I’d ring back to see what advice the next person gives (if you’ve got time of course) and then – if the advice is different (and I hope it is!) – ask how to make a complaint about the other person you spoke to. It isn’t fair if they’re incorrect information out – very stressful for pregnant women to start worrying unnecessarily about money.

      Come back to let us know how you go! All the best x

  50. Hi.
    I’m currently filling in the online form for paid parental leave. I’m just wondering why they need to know all your asset amounts and savings and if this affects the amount of the payment I get for the 18 weeks??
    It’s all a bit unclear
    Thanks

    • Hi Kimberley – thanks for your question. I don’t see how that could affect your payments but perhaps they also check your eligiblity for other Centrelink payments while they’re processing your claim. And yes, it is all a bit unclear 🙂

      Thanks! All the best x

  51. Does the amount of PPL you recieve change based on if you are part time.
    I.e you receive the full $695 per week if you are full time but the amount is less if you are part time? I can’t seem to find any information on this online. From what I have read it says you are eligible for the $695 whether you are full time or not but I just wanted to check?

  52. My company states that they will deduct the government funded paid parental from the employer paid parental leave amount (base salary) – that seems wrong as I thought it was possible to get both… ideally use the companies paid leave for 16 weeks and then the government paid parental leave for 18 week. Can you advise?

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

      It definitely IS possible to get both. The government will not penalise anyone if they’re able to receive paid maternity leave from their employer as well.

      BUT your company can set their own policies regarding paid maternity leave – many don’t provide any paid maternity leave at all.

      However it doesn’t seem very nice of them to do this. There is a ‘best practice’ guide for employers and it might be worth you having a read to see what you think about it. https://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/templates-and-guides/best-practice-guides/parental-leave

      Perhaps you could give the Fair Work ombudsman a call also to see what is right in this circumstance. 13 13 94 or chat online https://www.fairwork.gov.au/contact-us/online-enquiries

      I hope you get an answer and I’m sorry that I coudldn’t be of more help. I’d love to know what your told if you do contact them so please come back to let me know. It may help others in your situation in the future.

      Thanks

  53. We have a soon to be father about to have his second child. He will have been employed for less than twelve months at the expected arrival date. Is he entitled to paid leave for the birth of this baby? He is not the primary carer and there is no current policy in the workplace.

    • HI Caro. Thanks for your question.

      In Australia employees are entitled to UNPAID parental leave but only when they’ve worked at a company for at least 12 months. If they’ve worked for less than that they can negotiate with their employer to receive parental leave (but this is unpaid leave). Some companies DO offer paid parental leave to employers but they’re not required to by law. They ARE required to offer unpaid leave however, when the employee is entitled to it. Here’s some more info on this https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/maternity-and-parental-leave

      BUT – he MAY be eligible for the government’s Dad and Partner Pay which provides eligible fathers and partners with TWO WEEKS pay at the minimum wage so they can spend time with their new family.

      The government’s Pay is not an entitlement to leave so the employer and the employee have to work out when and how the employer will take the time off work. But the Government will fund that time off.

      Here’s more info about Dad and Partner Pay: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/dad-and-partner-pay

      Hope that helps! Please come back if you have further questions! All the best

  54. Hi,
    Thanks for your article!

    I am currently on maternity leave but will be returning to work within the next couple of weeks. I will only be doing one shift a week, 12pm-8pm so 8 hours in total or 7.5 without including our break….
    What I want to know is will this be enough to qualify for maternity leave again with our second baby? Is there a minimum amount of hours per week? We are hoping to get pregnant in a couple of months.
    I know you need to work for at least 10months and 330hrs within that time but it doesn’t actually say how many hours per week that is…it just says “just over one day a week”
    If you could clarify that would be awesome! Thank you!

    • HI Ricki! Thanks for your question – glad you like the article!

      They don’t really have a minimum amount per week because some people might do three months of full time work and then have six weeks off then work again but only part time – and still be eligible. They do talk generally about ‘just over one day a week’ to give people and idea of what 330 hours looks like. But you don’t have to work every week.

      But you can work out if you will meet the 330 hours. Just say you fall pregnant in a couple of month – due in January 2019. If you start work in a couple of weeks – the week starting Feb 19 for example then you’ll have to work until the week of Dec 19 to meet the 10 month criteria of the Work Test. That is about 43 weeks (or 44 if you work a shift before Dec 19). If you do 8 hours a week for 43 weeks then you’ll have worked for 344 hours in total (and will meet the work test!).

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

  55. Hi im 20 week pregnent but so confuesd with ppl. My baby due 17 jun .how early from due date i can stop working to eligible for ppl. i want to stop working bit early cause i sick whole the time. thanks

    • Hi Sonu! Thanks for your question and thanks for reading. Sorry to hear that you’re not feeling great.

      Basically you have to work for 10 months within the 13 months before your due date. And you need to work 330 hours in those 10 months.

      Within that 10 months you are not allowed more than 8 weeks between two working days.

      So basically – it depends on when your 10 months is. If it is the 10 months closest to the due date (Aug 2017-Jun2018) you might have to work until after April 22 – so you don’t have more than eight weeks off.

      But if you’ve been working the whole time (from May2017) then your 10 months will end in March and I’m pretty sure you’ll meet the eligibility if you finish up then. Please double check this with Centrelink though – just to make sure that the 8 week rule only applies within the 10 months (not the whole 13 months).

      Also here are exceptions if you’re not well enough to work. They require proof in the form of two letters – one from your doctor stating that you aren’t able to work and also one from your employer stating that had the pregnancy not made you unwell you’d have worked for long enough to meet the Paid Parental Leave eligibility criteria.

      Hope this helps somewhat! Take care x

  56. Hi. I have 6 weeks ppl with my employer. I have understood that they pay me 3 weeks as per normal but do not pay the final 3 weeks until my return to work! Is this legal?

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

      I don’t know a whole lot about ppl from your employer but from what I understand that if this is money paid from the company itself (and not money from the Government’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme) then they can set their own policies.

      They are obliged to offer you the 12 months leave (which is paid) as part of the Fair Work Act – and there are laws governing that. But as far as I know, if they’re offering to pay you as well it is up to them how much. Many employers do not offer paid leave at all.

      If found this on the Fair Work website: Employers can provide for paid parental leave in registered agreements, employment contracts and workplace policies. The amount of leave and pay entitlements depends on the relevant registered agreement, contract or policy.

      Also – have you checked your eligibility for the Government’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme? If eligible, you’re able to receive this 18 week payment as well as the six weeks from your employer.

      Sorry I didn’t have better news. Please feel free to ask if you have further questions! Happy to help. Take care x

  57. My employer provide me with 12 weeks paid parental leave. Can I get the government PPL at the same time with the company PPL? I guess I will be paying more tax compare to taking them one after another. Is that correct

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

      Yes – the latest advice I’ve been given is that you are able to access them both at the same time. How this affects your tax though – I’m not sure. There are so many variables. Might be a question for your pay office people. Here’s the tax withheld calculators though – you might be able to do an easy comparison based on your circumstances: https://www.ato.gov.au/calculators-and-tools/tax-withheld-calculator/

      Hope this helps! Sorry I couldn’t help you more! Take care x

  58. I applied for parental leave pay application on january 3, 2017 via online. Today i received letter that my application for the claim of parental leave pay has been assessed. Does it mean that my application has been approved?

    • Hi d y. Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. I’m not entirely sure. Was the letter quite vague? I would think that if you weren’t approved it would say so. You could try to contact your employer to see if they’ve been notified as well – if they’re going to be paying it to you they may have already received the money.

      Hope you find your answer soon. All the best x

  59. Hi,

    Does salary sacrifice for additional annual leave count toward adjustable taxable income? I have researched online but can only find detail around salary sacrifice for super contributions.

    Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Amie! Thanks for your question.

      I’ve had a bit of a look but I don’t know too much about this type of salary sacrifice.

      This is what I found:
      Your adjusted taxable income must include:
      exempt reportable fringe benefits
      other reportable fringe benefits

      Do you think that your salary sacrifice is a reportable fringe benefit?

      I also found this:

      The reportable fringe benefit is the amount that appears on an employee’s end of financial year payment summary. The reportable amount is the ‘grossed-up’ value of the fringe benefit. A grossed up value of both non-exempt and exempt employer fringe benefits totals will appear on the payment summary.

      I found this on this page: http://guides.dss.gov.au/family-assistance-guide/3/2/3

      I hope this helps because I couldn’t find anything specific to ‘salary sacrificing for annual leave’ but thought it might be considered a fringe benefit. Definitely worth investigating further.

      Thanks! Sorry I couldn’t help more. All the best x

  60. Great article. Thank you!

    Can you please confirm if my de-facto partner is able to claim the parental leave pay? He is self-employed working full time but the business is not currently making money. I will take 6-8 months leave after giving birth but he will be the primary carer.

    I do not think I will be eligible for parental pay as I will be over the threshold so hoping my partner will be eligible.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Sophie! Thanks for your question! Glad you liked our article 🙂

      I’m afraid though, that in general a dad or partner can only take the Parental Leave Pay if the mother transfers it to him. And to be able to do that you must first be eligible yourself.

      This is from their site:
      To be eligible you must be:

      the birth mother of the newborn
      the adopting parent of the child, or
      another person caring for the child under exceptional circumstances

      You may still be eligible if 1 of the people above is eligible and they transfer the payment to you.

      I’d definitely have a chat to them about what these ‘exception circumstances’ are – because I’d hate you to miss out on something you’re eligible for based on my advice.

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

  61. I cant seem to find any laws on same sex paternity leave , a lady i work with believes she is entitle to 2 month unpaid leave to stay home and look after her baby ,while her wife(who gave birth to child) after her 9 month maternity leave is over ,goes back to work,she already has had her 2 weeks when the baby was born. Im lost?

    • Hi Luckie! Thanks for your question.

      Both parents are entitled to take unpaid parental leave following the birth of a child. In fact they are EACH able to take up to 12 months off – provided they are the primary carer (which means only one takes the leave at a time). If both parents want to take leave at the SAME time they can do so for up to 8 weeks.

      So your workmate might actually be entitled to more than she thinks she is, given that she’s taking the leave AFTER her partner returns to work – rather than at the same time as her partner.

      The Fair Work Act 2009 ensures that same sex de facto relationships are recognised for unpaid parental leave entitlements.

      Hope that all makes sense. Here’s the full details: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/maternity-and-parental-leave/taking-parental-leave

      Thanks!

  62. Hi,

    I’m just wondering, at the moment I’m on my temporary visa (820) and just waiting for for my Permanent Resident (801). My baby will due on July 2018, am I eligible for paid maternity leave? I read somewhere some temporary visa subclasses are entitle for it but I’m not 100% as a lot of regulation changes every year.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Thank you!!

    • Hi Kathy! Thanks for your question and congratulations on your pregnancy. I’m definitely not an expert on visas but I do know that you might still be eligible even if you’re not a permanent resident – depending on which visa you have.

      It looks like the temporary visa 820 is one of them. I found this on the Centrelink site:

      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

      You may be exempt from being an Australian resident, for limited payments and concessions, if you hold a partner provisional visa including:

      subclass 820 – Partner visa (temporary)
      subclass 309 – Partner visa (provisional)

      So I would definitely be looking into this if I were you. Make sure you satisfy all the other criteria (work test, income test etc) and then submit a claim.

      Fingers crossed! All the best!

  63. Hi ,
    My baby was born on 5th June 2017 and I have received my PR on 29th Dec 2017.
    Can I still apply for Parental paid leave claim ie child born before PR? Before PR, I was on 457 visa.
    Also, my wife is non working and I am only working. Can I claim being the dad of the baby?
    How should I proceed with the process if eligible for the claim?

    Hope you respond soon ! Thanks in advance !

    Thanks

    Kumar

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

      Unfortunately you have to be a permanent resident at the time of your child’s birth to be eligible. Also only the primary carer can apply for Parental Leave Pay, in most cases this is the birth mother.

      You may be eligible for Family Tax Benefits though. I would have a chat to Centrelink about what else you may be eligible for. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. All the best.

  64. Hi my name is neeraj
    I have few questions about parental leave and family tax benefit
    My partner is not permanent resident of Australia she is not working as well but she has applied for it and she is on bridging visa A .I can only take two weeks parental leave .which centre link scheme I can apply for .financial I need some for baby

    • Hi Neeraj! Sorry for the slow reply – our office has been closed over the Christmas/New Year break. You didn’t say whether you were a permanent resident or not so I’m not too sure of the answer to your question. If you are a permanent resident, you should look into Dad and Partner Pay – which can help fund your two weeks off work – if your work isn’t already paying you to take that time off.

      I would also ask about Family Tax Benefits if I were you. All the bet with your new baby. Take care!

  65. Hi, can I apply for Family Tax Benefit if I will be claiming Parental Leave pay? And can my partner also claim for his loss of earnings for 2 weeks work if i am also receiving parental pay?

    • Hi Kimmy! Thanks for your question. Yes – you can absolutely apply for and, if you’re eligible, receive Family Tax Benefit if you’re claiming Parental Leave Pay. Your partner is also able to receive Dad and Partner Pay at the same time you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay.

      However, there are two parts to the Family Tax Benefits – Part A and Part B – and you can’t receive Part B, while receiving Parental Leave Pay.

      Also – when you apply for Family Tax Benefits you will be asked to estimate your income for the current financial year. You will need to include your Parental Leave Pay and the Dad and Partner Pay in that estimate as they are both taxable incomes.

      Hope this helps. All the best x

  66. Hi I was working 24 hrs a week up until 13/9/17 when we moved state. I started a new part time job of 5 days a fortnight on 23/11/17. I am expecting a baby now around 22/7/18. Will I be excluded from parental pay because of my gap in employment due to relocation? Many thanks for any info you can provide. I can’t get my head around it and it’s really stressing me out.

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

      I’ve had a look at those dates for you. Basically you have to work 10 out of the 13 months before your due date and can’t have more than an eight week gap of unpaid leave.

      So I counted back 10 months from your due date and that’s about September 22 2017. So your 10 months is from Sept 22 2017 to July 22 2018 (your due date)

      Which means that from the start of that period Sept 22 until November 23 you were not working – and that is a gap of 8 weeks and five days. Which is frustrating just outside that 8 weeks allowed time.

      I do not know how Centrelink handles this when it is only a few days over. I would definitely still ask them about it if I were you.

      The other thing to note is that it is 8 weeks of unpaid work – so if you took some annual leave at the end of your last job or even did a day’s work somewhere else in those 8 weeks then that will count as work.

      I really hope it all works out for you. I would love to know how you go. All the best x

    • Hello,
      Are super contributions paid by your employer included in the income test for PPL? Assume not but just want to double check.
      Also my baby is due late March/early April 2018 so would eligibility be based on income received in 2016/2017 financial year or income earned so far this financial year ie 2017/2018? I am a bit concerned as I am under for 2016/2017 but would be slightly over for 2017/2018 and that will completely stuff things up financially as my husband is a full time uni student with no income.
      Slightly worried.
      Thanks.

      • Hi there Slightly Worried. Sometimes it is good to be slightly worried because you’re planning ahead. Good to get this all sorted sooner rather than later!

        Congrats on your pregnancy too!

        So – you’re right about the Super contributions. If they are just your regular employer contributions then you don’t count them. You DO count super when you salary sacrifice to pay extra or pay it yourself to claim a tax deduction.

        There’s more about Adjusted Taxable Income on this page: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/adjusted-taxable-income

        Also – if your baby is due in this financial year then your eligibility will be calculated on the financial year BEFORE your due date. So for you that will be the 2016/17 financial year.

        Hope this helps! All the best x

  67. Hey there,
    We are expecting baby number 2. With our first my wife got a new Job 8 weeks into centrelink PPL, so i was lucky enough to take the remaining 10 weeks. It was an incredible experience that i hope to happen again. My wife gets 28 weeks from her employer and because my wage is only a few dollars over the minimum wage we were hoping i could use the 18 weeks PPL from centrelink.
    Now i know “double dipping” got thrown out the door, and rightly so, but will there be an issue with my wife using employer PPL and me using centrelink PPL at the same time… Thank you, James

    • Hi James! Thanks for your question and congrats on baby number 2.

      Very awesome that you were able to spend that time with your firstborn and wonderful that you’re looking forward to doing the same again.

      It’s a tricky question that you’ve asked and I really don’t know the answer for sure.

      However I do know that your wife has to be eligible in the first place and then ‘transfer’ the PPL to you and then you have to be the primary carer. So I would think that means that you can’t really get the PPL at the same time while she’s still receiving the employer PPL – as she’d still technically be the primary carer. Does that make sense.

      Perhaps if she was to return to work after those 28 weeks she’d be able to transfer the PPL to you. And that’s only if she is eligible in the first place… you didn’t really say if that was the case this time around.

      If she IS eligible she can receive both the PPL and her work maternity leave – and I think now you can receive it at the same time. So she could get both, which would fund your time off. You might be also eligible for the Dad and Partner Pay as well.

      Anyway – I am sorry that I wasnt’ more helpful. If you have more details or further questions please come back to ask!

      Thanks. All the best!

      • Hey, thanks very much for the response, it really was an amazing experience, not many fathers get that time so I would love it again. My wife will be eligible for it. However would she still be eligible after taking 28 weeks from work maternity leave? Is that classed as a gap. We both work full time so we would both be eligible.
        We would be content with doing 28 weeks and then 18 weeks after. Would also save a lot of money on childcare. There’s just not many questions of this nature anywhere to see.
        Thanks again
        James

        • Hi James! I am not 100 per cent sure on this one but I’ve read a few things that might help you get a clearer idea. You’ll still have to make sure this is all OK with centrelink of course, but I’m thinking that it might be possible – definitely worth asking them the question!

          So – from what I have read, if your wife is eligible from Day 1 then she is able to transfer the whole amount to you. She needs to be eligible the whole time she has primary care (ie. she can’t do any work during that time) and she can nominate a start date for your Parental Leave Pay period. You have to be eligible from this date (ie. be not working, meet all residency and income tests etc).

          There’s more information on this page (scroll down to Transferring ALL of you PPL and read Example 2: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/transferring-parental-leave-pay

          So from what I gather your wife can nominate a start date after 28 weeks. She has a year to put in her claim – the catch is that you have to receive the money within that year (so you’ll need to put start your PPL period at least 18 weeks before that year’s up to get the full amount). But if you’re thinking 28 weeks plus the PPL 18 weeks then that only comes to 42 weeks. So, plenty of time 🙂

          There’s more info on time limits here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/claiming-parental-leave-pay

          Hope this makes sense and hope this all works out for you! All the best!

  68. Hi I’m asking about the Dad and Partner Pay. My work will give me 2 weeks off at full pay if I was then to take 2 weeks at no pay can I still claim money from centerlink ?

    • Hi Dean! Thanks for your question. I’m not 100 per cent sure about this one. I do know that – if you’ve worked at your job for at least 12 months – you’re entitled to take up to 12 months leave from your work to care for a child (including 8 weeks at the same time as your partner). So at least you’d be able to take that time off.

      If it was unpaid then I would think you’d qualify for the Dad and Partner Pay – they don’t say anything to the contrary on the website. And it is a similar situation to the whole ‘double-dipping’ fiasco that they tried to put through parliament unsuccessfully last year.

      If I were you I would be definitely pursuing this option – I would check this with Centrelink – just to make sure it can be done (and come back to let us know, so that we can help other partners wondering the same thing!) and then taking that extra time to settle in to life with your new baby.

      All the best!

  69. hi,

    I am a casual teacher and will have my last day of work next week before I have more than an 8 week gap due to school holidays (something that is out of my control)..

    I have then contacted centrelink and they have stated that i need to work in that 8 week gap during school holidays to ensure i qualify for the paid parental leave for when baby is due in August/September 2018.

    My question is: I have looked into catalogue distribution which pays very poorly 8c per newspaper delivered but being that i would be considered a contractor how do i prove how many hours ive worked ?as i can imagine delivering catalogues would take quite a few hours. Ive spoken to the distribution company and they have said that they can provide a letter stating that they have paid me x amount of dollars for newspaper delivery. but it wont state how many hours ive done because they cant monitor that.

    will doing this allow me to qualify for the paid parental leave during my school holidays where i cant work as a teacher??

    • Hi Lorraine. Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy.

      But what a bummer that you can’t enjoy your holidays. Are you not paid over the holidays – as you’re casual? Because if you were on paid leave it WOULD count as work. Anyway at least you’ve checked this out with Centrelink now and know where you stand. Would be much worse to find this out when it was too late.

      So I’m thinking that you’ll just have to keep track of your hours. Just keep a diary or spreadsheet of the hours worked etc. But I’m not 100 per cent sure so if I were you I would double check with with Centrelink.

      Also, keep in mind that the ‘hours’ only come into play in that you have to have worked for 330 hours in the 10 month period. You might work that anyway when you go back to work after the holidays – it only works out to just more than one day a week over the 10 month period. You’ll have to work all that out.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Come back if you have further questions. Take care x

      • Hello again,

        I’ve got my due date now 10th September 2018. My last work day was the 5th December 2017 and haven’t worked since due to the school holidays and haven’t managed to find anything yet work wise.
        13 months before baby will be due I would have worked as I worked in aug/sep/oct/nov/and 2 days in December but that 8 week gap between 2 consecutive work dates does that apply from the 10th dec (10 months before baby will be born) as I didn’t actually work that day (5 days before) so does that mean I technically don’t have to work until 10th feb to notbhave that 8 week gap? Eg: 10th December till 10th feb.. because if that is the case then I won’t have to work during the school holidays and I will just wait till term begins again. Or does the 8 week gap begin from my last work date being 5th December and to not have an 8 week gap from then?

        Am I even eligible for paid parental leave based on the above dates?

        • Hi Lorraine! Thanks for coming back to clarify. By my calculations the 10 months before the Due Date would be Nov 10 2017 – Sep 10 2018. In which case the 8-week break would still fall within those dates. Does that sound right? Counting backwards from Sep 10 takes me to Nov 10.

          Is that the same thing that Centrelink told you when you rang them?

          • Hi,
            They didn’t actually say anything about the it being from November I said to the lady dec and she didn’t pick up on it that I was incorrect.. so the 10 months now starts from the 10th November and I worked on the 6th nov, and then again on the 2/4/5th December. Being that I didn’t actually work on the 10th November is that going to be an issue from when they take the 10 months before baby is born.. I know I don’t have an 8 week gap anyway but just curious? Thabks

          • Hi Lorraine – the 10 month period can fall whenever within those 13 months before the due date so if you wanted it could be from November 6 so that it starts on the day you’ve worked.

          • Also,
            If I were to work in a family business during my school holidays do I need to get an abn and invoice the person and issue receipts for the work that I’ve done?
            Or is there something else I need to do to prove that I worked for a set amount of hours during my school holiday gap where I can’t work as a teacher?

          • Hi Lorraine! I’ve been trying to find someplace that says what proof you might need but my searches aren’t coming up with anything useful. And it has been a long time since I put in a claim myself. If I remember correctly – when I filled out my application it just asked for my employer’s details and the hours of employment etc. When you’re finished the application they ask for some documentation – but I don’t think I had to give more info. Perhaps though because my application was fairly straightforward.

            If you’re planning on doing some work for a family business could they put you on the employer payroll? Otherwise you could invoice them and keep copies of your invoices = although for Parental Leave Pay they’re more interested in the days and hours worked (not the amount earned).

            Can I suggest asking your question on our Forum. There might be others there who’ve been in your situation or filled out their application more recently. Here’s a link to our Family Finances section: https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

            It is easy, free and anonymous. Hope you find an answer! Take care x

    • Hi Bokja! Thanks for your question. If you’re applying for Parental Leave Pay you will need to give your taxable income for the 2016/17 financial year. They ask for the year before.

      If you’re applying for the Family Tax Benefits you’ll have to estimate your 2017/18 income (or submit a claim for a lump sum after the end of the financial year).

      Hope this helps! All the best

  70. Hi BH,

    I’m a bit confused with when the PPL states the ‘payment will be made by your employer or by us/government’. Does this mean the government transfers the employer the $695 which will then be taxed and then transferred to me? Even if it’s more that what I am currently paid?

    I have been working part time (23hours/week) for over 12 months with my current employer my pay is ~$500/week.. My employer will not be paying me any leave on top of what centrelink will be paying, although I will still be employed by them (unpaid maternity leave)

    I was wondering if you are eligible for PPL and on unpaid maternity leave, will the government provide my employers with only the equivalent to what I am earning now (~$500/wk) or will they provide my employer with the $695/week? I am fearful that I won’t receive the whole $695 from the government..

    Hope this isn’t too confusing!

    • Hi AmyG! Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. I was in the same situation as yourself – I met the ‘work test’ and my Parental Leave Pay was actually more than my usual wage. But that is all ok. There’s one amount and that is the amount you’ll be paid.

      Your employer will receive the money from Centrelink (not exactly sure how much at a time etc) and they will pass it on to your as part of your normal pay cycle. They will take out tax at the correct rate and anything else you usually have deducted (if you do).

      So all good! Take care x

  71. Hi,

    There have been a few people comment about Centrelink advising the PPL is based on a couple’s income and not individual. (A lady at my husband’s work was also told this which is why I am investigating further). I would suggest that anyone told this pursue it further because the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 clearly states that it is based on an individual’s income NOT a couple’s income. I have pasted an excerpt of the Act (& the referring Family Assistance Act) below:

    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010

    “38 A person’s adjusted taxable income

    A person’s adjusted taxable income for an income year is worked out in accordance with Schedule 3 to the Family Assistance Act (disregarding subclause 2(2) and clauses 3 and 3A of that Schedule).”

    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999

    “2 Adjusted taxable income

    (1) For the purposes of this Act and subject to subclause (2), an individual’s adjusted taxable income for a particular income year is the sum of the following amounts (income components):

    (a) the individual’s taxable income for that year;

    (b) the individual’s adjusted fringe benefits total for that year;

    (c) the individual’s target foreign income for that year;

    (d) the individual’s total net investment loss (within the meaning of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997) for that year;

    (e) the individual’s tax free pension or benefit for that year;

    (f) the individual’s reportable superannuation contributions (within the meaning of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997) for that year;

    less the amount of the individual’s deductible child maintenance expenditure for that year.”

    By the PPL Act disregarding clauses 3 & 3A, this specifically takes out any reference to a couple’s income and makes it solely individual based.

    I hope this information is helpful 🙂

    • Hi Cass! Thanks so much for clarifying this. It is very helpful! I cannot believe that we’re hearing of so many people being told incorrect information about this. Something is going wrong somewhere and it is causing expecting parents quite a bit of unnecessary anxiety. I hope those people spreading the incorrect info are corrected soon!

      Thanks again. Have an awesome day!

  72. Hi,
    I would like to ask if i am eligible for Government paid parental leave. I have been working part time 25 hours per week with my current employer from last 4 years. I didn’t took any 8 weeks consecutive leave since Dec 2015.

    My baby is Due 19 Jan 2018. I am thinking of taking unpaid leave from 20 Nov till baby born. Am i still be eligible for paid maternity leave. Will it cause 8 weeks gap or it is counted only in working 10 months?
    This thing is quite confusing.
    Please help me figure this out.
    Also i need to check if employer maternity leave and centrelink maternity leave can be paid together (which i checked with Centrelink is possible) ?

    • Hi Rai – thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy. Not long to go now!

      You know what? I’d love to be able to help you but these two questions are two that I’ve never gotten a conclusive answer on.

      I am pretty sure that the eight weeks is OK if it falls outside of those 10 months. However I’ve never been able to confirm this. I’d definitely double check this with Centrelink if I were you – it would be terrible to miss out because of a week or two. If you get an answer from Centrelink on this I’d love it if you could come back to let me know.

      And your other question … as far as I know you can’t take them at the same time. Most people take one, then take the other. But I’m not exactly sure whether they do this because they want to or because they have to. Again if you find out for sure I’d love if you could let me know.

      So sorry that I’ve been of no help for you today 🙁

      All the best x

      • Hi there,
        I did call Centrelink about it and 8 weeks gap is not allowed in your working 10 months. So if you have choosen the option of 10 months out of 13 months in the beginning of the dates they specified then you can have almost 3 months off before baby is born.
        Also it is possible to take both maternity leaves together. I also checked this with Centrelink. I think it wasn’t possible in the past.
        Anyways everybody’s situation is different. As long as they have no 8 weeks gap in their working 10 months with 330 hours they should be fine.
        I did get letter from Centrelink that my paid maternity leave has been assessed and it will be paid through my employer and just have to wait to provide them with the proof of birth.
        Thanks for replying back.
        Take care

  73. Hi,

    My partner and I have only recently found out we will be expecting. She is currently working as a manager and has only been there for 3 months but has worked full time for the past 11 months. Is it discrimination for her employer to release her from her job due to prenanc? And I was just wondering if she would be eligible for maternity leave and/or parental leave? She earns under 150k. Thank you

    • Hi Jesse,

      Thanks for your question and congratulations. Very exciting times ahead.

      Firstly it is certainly discrimination for her employer to release her from her job due to her pregnancy. Here’s more info on that : https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/maternity-and-parental-leave/pregnant-employee-entitlements

      In terms of maternity leave – which is just the actual leave, the time off work, paid or unpaid depending on your organisation – she is only entitled to this if she’s worked at the same place for at least 12 months. Perhaps she will have by the time the baby is due? This is also quite up for negotiation and employers may offer maternity leave to employees even if they haven’t been there for 12 months – they are not obliged to, but often they’ll want to keep a valuable employee. More info on that here: https://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/maternity-leave-entitlements-in-australia-parental-leave/

      Now – in terms of the Government Parental Leave Pay … it doesn’t matter if she’s worked for one or a few employers she may still be eligible for the Parental Leave Pay. As long as she’s worked for at least 330 hours in 10 out of the 13 months before the baby is due she should meet the ‘work test’. And yes, she has to have earned less than $150K. There are other criteria of course – regarding residency.

      Hope this helps. All the best!

  74. Hi

    I have been employed at my current job since June 2016 and also receive an income support payment. I fit the eligibility for my employer to pay the Parental Pay Leave directly to me, but it says if I receive an income support payment (which I do) then I will be paid by Centrelink. Am I able to choose to have my employer pay me the Parental Leave Pay?

    I’m just confused as to which one provides payment as I am eligible for both and if it comes down to which one I choose?

    Hope that makes sense! Lol…

    Thanks 🙂

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

      I am not 100 per cent sure on this one. There is a section that says that if your employer doesn’t HAVE TO pay your PPL then they are still able to if you both agree to have it paid that way. But it doesn’t really clarify whether or not in your case you HAVE TO receive it from the government – or whether this choice still exists. It is a subtle difference so I’m not really sure.

      Surely if your employer is happy to provide it and you prefer them to then they should agree to it?

      Is there a reason you’d prefer your employers to pay it? It is a bit of extra paperwork for them.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. If you do find an answer from Centrelink I’d love it if you came back to let us know.

      Thanks again. Take care x

  75. Hi

    I’m not sure if I’m too late to ask a question here. I have recently returned to Australia. I’m a permanent resident and my husband is a citizen. We are having a baby in a few months. I have been working almost full time in Sweden for a couple of years before coming here up til 15 September. The baby is due 11 feb. I can do casual work here in Australia within the 8 weeks are up and continue a few casual days until the baby is born to meet those requirements.

    My question is if my work in Sweden is counted if I can prove it with employment records etc?

    Thank you

    Sara

    • Hi Sara, Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy. Exciting times ahead!

      Work done overseas can count towards the ‘work test’ for the Government’s Paid Parental Leave but I’m not sure exactly what you need to provide as proof of this.

      So sounds like you may still be eligible but I’m afraid you’ll still have to phone or contact Centrelink to work out exactly what they’ll need from you.

      Hope this helps. All the best x

  76. Hi there

    i was just wondering if i’ll be eligible for parental pay . i have been working and paying tax for the last 5 years, but i’m looking to change my job. i guess i will have to give birth to my child 7-8 months into my new job. will i be eligible if i’m not employed by one employer for more that a year ? Please note there will be no unpaid gap between my employments.
    my new employer knows about my circumstances and they are happy to keep me employed.

    I look forward to hear from you.

    • Hi Penny!

      Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question.

      The good news is that you don’t have to be working for the same employer to meet the work test for Parental Leave Pay – as long as you are working for 10 out of the 13 months before the due date (and also as long as you meet the 330 hour criteria). There are of course other eligibility criteria such as income tests and residency requirements to meet.

      The only issue that you’re only entitled to take maternity leave (this is 12 months of unpaid leave from your employer – separate to the government scheme) if you’ve been working for the same employer for 12 months. So if you’re planning on returning to your job, your employer is not really obligated to keep the job open for you. However it sounds like you’ve got an understanding employer and in the end it is up to them what they want to offer you in terms of leave and keeping your job for you (although they are obligated to for employers who’ve worked there more than 12 months).

      Hope that makes sense. You’ll need to have a good chat with your new employer to come to some sort of clear agreement.

      Let me know if you have any further questions! All the best x

  77. Hi There! I am just wondering if network marketing or ‘party plan’ are taken into consideration for the PPL?
    I am trying to secure some casual work as I am due in January but finished up work last month as we moved to a remote location in Western Australia.
    I have, however, been running a party plan business for the past 3 years and have been searching for something that may advise if this is valid or not. I don’t want to get my hopes up or anything, but just wanted to ask.

    Thank you

    • Hi SonyaP,

      Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question. I am afraid that I do not know the answer to this for sure. I don’t know too much about what is involved in running a ‘party plan’ business.

      Is it self-employment? Is it for financial reward or gain? Because those are the words that the Department use on their site to determine eligibility.

      This is from them …

      You may still meet the work test if you’re self employed. You can include your hours of work, even if the business doesn’t generate any income, provided you’re undertaking the work for financial reward or gain.

      If I was you I would keep a good record of the number of hours worked etc in the hope that this does count as self-employment. I’m afraid that you’ll still have to give them a call to get a proper answer. Sorry! I wish I could have been of more help. Take care x

  78. Hi there

    Thanks for this helpful post. I’m trying to determine my eligibility for the government PLP and am a bit confused about the income test in terms of the $150,000 or less threshold “in the financial year either before the date of birth or adoption, or the date you claim, whichever is earlier”. Which financial year is this referring to? My due date is 3 March 2018. So is it assessed based on my income in the full 2016/17 financial year, or the period in the current financial year between the start of the financial year and date of baby’s birth (ie, 1 July 2017 – 3 March 2018).

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi MH. Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for reading. Glad you’ve found this helpful.

      It refers to the full financial year before so in your case it would be 2016/17 financial year.

      Hope that helps! If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to ask. Take care!

  79. Hi Bubhub,

    Just wanted to check if i will be eligible for the parental payment. I am currently pursuing Cert 3 course from TAFE and will be completed in Dec. My baby is due in May 2018. I have been working since Sept 2016 till Aug 2017 when i joined the course. Would i be eligible for the parental payment even if i dont work after the completion of the course or do i have to start working after my course completes in Dec 2017 to be eligible for the payment?

    Regards,
    Sanya

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

      I am afraid that I don’t think you’ll be eligible because you will have to have worked for at least 10 months out of the 13 before your baby is due – with no more than an 8-week gap between two working days. Depending on the exact date in August you may have already gone over that 8-weeks allowed. If you’ve done any work (even a casual shift somewhere) or if you were paid annual leave for some of that time then those things may count towards you meeting the ‘work test’. If you have done these things you’ll still need to be working after December to meet the work test.

      I hope this helps. Sorry that I didn’t have happier news! And please still check all this with Centrelink. I’d hate you to miss out on anything because of my very general advice.

      Take care x

      • Hi Bubhub,

        i forgot to mention but i am still doing causal work which is for 3 days/week. so i assume now i will be able to take benefits of the Parental pay.
        when should i apply for the parental pay? i think we can apply atleast 3 months prior to the baby’s birth..right?

        Regards,
        Sanya

        • Hi Sanya! Thanks for coming back to me. Yes, if you’re doing casual work you should meet the ‘work test’. As long as you’ve done 330 hours in 10 of the 13 months before your baby’s due date.

          You can apply before your baby is due. It is a good idea to do this actually because it is super hard to find the time and mental sharpness to fill out long forms once baby is here 🙂

          You can get most of the application done – it can be done online – before the baby is born but it can’t be processed until you supply them with proof of birth paperwork that you’ll receive from the hospital when your baby is born.

          Hope that makes sense. All the best x

  80. Hi,

    I am trying to figure out what payments I will be able to receive after having a child. I am not currently pregnant but am trying and so am trying to figure out our finances for when I am off work. I do not get paid maternity leave at all. So will not have any income besides my husbands pay which is only $900 per week. With a HL and other bills this is going to be a struggle so want to set myself up with as much knowledge before hand as I can. Any advise is welcomed. FYI – we currently earn a combine income per annum of $100K. Thank You

    • Hi! It is good to get organised as there are definitely things that you’ll need to do and know before you are pregnant (for example – we’ve just posted a story about private health insurance reminding people that they need to be covered for ‘pregnancy cover’ for 12 months before the baby is born!).

      In terms of government assistance … you should definitely look into your eligibility for the following:

      PARENTAL LEAVE PAY – if you are working and will have worked for at least 10 out of the 13 months before your baby is due then you’ll most likely be able to receive this. It will help fund your maternity leave. Now – that is just the money, not the entitlement to ‘leave’. You’ll have to organised your actual ‘leave’ with your workplace though – and you need to have worked there for 12 months at least to be entitled to take 12 months off (this doesn’t affect the Government’s Parental Leave Pay though). More about this here: https://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/6-maternity-leave-questions-to-ask-before-youre-pregnant/

      FAMILY TAX BENEFIT A: This is a payment to help with the cost of raising children. It is a fortnightly payment or if you prefer you can take it in a lump sum at the end of the financial year. I can’t say how much you’ll receive as it is different for everyone and depends on your income and how many children you have. If you apply after your baby is born they will ask you to estimate your family income for the financial year and then pay you based on that – if your circumstances change (you return to work earlier than you thought) you might end up owing them money back. You can work out how much you’d expect to receive here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/income-test-family-tax-benefit-part#a1

      Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay count as income in calculating Family Tax Benefit and other family assistance payments.

      FAMILY TAX BENEFIT B – this is a second payment for families where one person stays home to care for the child. You can’t receive this while receiving Parental Leave Pay but you can apply for it after you PPL period ends.

      DAD and PARTNER PAY – If you partner isn’t able to take paid leave to care for you and your baby after the birth he might be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay.

      Here’s some more Info: https://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/guide-to-government-family-benefit-payments/

      Hope this helps! All the best x

  81. 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?

    • Hi there! Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy. So sorry to hear that you’ve been dismissed from your job. You certainly don’t need the stress of that at this time.

      I am afraid though that if you don’t work from now until your due date you won’t meet the ‘work test’ which requires that you work for 10 out of the 13 months before your due date.

      The good news is that this work doesn’t have to be for the one employer – and it only has to be 330 hours in those 10 months (a little more than one day a week). So if you pick up some casual work you can still be eligible. You need to make sure that you don’t have more than eight weeks off between two working days.

      Hope this make some sense. Please come back if you have any further questions.

      All the best x

  82. 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

  83. 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

  84. 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!

  85. 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!

  86. 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.

  87. 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

  88. 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!

  89. 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!

  90. 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!

  91. 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 😉

  92. 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

  93. 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!

  94. 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

      • Hi,

        I spoke to centrelink today and was told it had to be directly before the baby is born not any of the 10 months before?

  95. 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

  96. 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

  97. 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

  98. 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

  99. 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

  100. 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

  101. 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!

  102. 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!

  103. 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!

  104. 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!

  105. 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!!

  106. 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?

  107. 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.

  108. 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!!!!

  109. 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

  110. 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!

  111. 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

  112. 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!

  113. 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

  114. 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.

  115. 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!

  116. 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!

  117. 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!

  118. 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

  119. 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

  120. 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

  121. 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

  122. “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!

  123. 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!

  124. 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!

  125. 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

  126. 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

  127. 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

  128. 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

  129. 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

  130. 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

  131. 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

  132. 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

  133. 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

  134. 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

  135. 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

  136. 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!

  137. 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

  138. 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

  139. 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

  140. 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.

  141. 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?

  142. 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

  143. 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

  144. 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

  145. 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!

  146. 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

  147. 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

  148. 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

  149. 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

  150. 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!

  151. 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

  152. 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

  153. 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

  154. 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

  155. 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

  156. 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

  157. 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!

  158. 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.

  159. 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.

  160. 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

  161. 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

  162. 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

  163. 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

  164. 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?

  165. 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

  166. 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.

  167. 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!

  168. 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

  169. 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

  170. 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”

  171. 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

  172. 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!

  173. 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

  174. 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

  175. 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!

  176. 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.

  177. 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

  178. 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

  179. 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

  180. 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

  181. 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?

  182. 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

  183. 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.

  184. 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

  185. 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.

  186. 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

  187. 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

  188. 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

  189. 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

  190. 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

  191. 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

  192. 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

  193. 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