Paid Parental Leave scheme

Australia's first national Paid Parental Leave scheme was introduced on 1 January 2011.

Under the Paid Parental Leave scheme, eligible working parents can get government-funded pay when they take time off from work to care for a newborn or recently adopted child. 

Full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, contract and self-employed workers may be eligible. 

The Paid Parental Leave scheme provides two payments – Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay.

Parental Leave Pay

Parental Leave Pay provides eligible working parents (usually birth mothers) with up to 18 weeks pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage, currently around $622 per week before tax.

Full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, contract and self-employed workers may be eligible. 

Government-funded Parental Leave Pay is usually provided by employers to long-term employees in their usual pay cycle. Parents who do not receive Parental Leave Pay from their employer or who do not have an employer, will receive the payments directly from Centrelink. 

Parents and employers can find out more, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, at the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.

Dad and Partner Pay

Dad and Partner Pay provides eligible working dads or partners with up to two weeks pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage (currently around $622 per week before tax) for children born or adopted from 1 January 2013. 

Full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, contract and self-employed workers may be eligible. 

Dads or partners have to be on unpaid leave or not working to receive the payment. The role of employers in Dad and Partner Pay is to provide unpaid leave so that their eligible employees can access it. 

Parents and employers can find out more, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, at the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.

Review of the Paid Parental Leave scheme

The Australian Government is undertaking a review of the Paid Parental Leave scheme. The review will take into account the matters set out in legislation and will draw on submissions, consultations, administrative data and the emerging findings of the independent Paid Parental Leave evaluation.

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