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Parental leave and payment eligibility table

This table provides a summary of the paid and unpaid parental leave benefits available to eligible parents, including those who choose to share any of their parental leave payments or extended leave. There are different entitlements available to parents depending on whether they are employees and they meet the 6 or 12 month eligibility criteria, or self-employed people.

For the purposes of this table “mother” means the birth mother or the nominated primary carer in situations where neither of the parents has given birth to the child, regardless of whether that person is male or female. “Partner” means the spouse or partner of the mother or nominated primary carer, regardless of whether they are male or female.

Parental Leave and Payment Eligibility table [PDF 66 KB]

 

How to use this table

Before you begin

Determine who will be the primary carer if you (or your partner) aren’t giving birth to the child, if you have a partner.
If you (or your partner) are giving birth to the child, the birth mother will be the primary carer in the first instance, however she can transfer all or some of her parental leave payment entitlement to her partner if:

Notes and Key

6 month employment criteria

An employee meets the 6 month criteria for parental leave if they will have been employed by the same employer for at least an average of 10 hours a week in the 6 months just before the due date of the baby or the date they or their partner becomes the primary carer of the child under 6 permanently.

12 month employment criteria

An employee meets the12 month criteria for parental leave if they will have been employed by the same employer for at least an average of 10 hours a week in the 12 months just before the due date of the baby or the date they or their partner becomes the permanent primary carer of the child under 6.

Employee parental leave payment test

An employee meets the test if they will have been employed as an employee for at least an average of 10 hours a week for any 26 of the 52 weeks just before the due date of the baby or the date they or their partner becomes the primary carer of the child under 6 permanently.  The employment for this test can be with more than one employer and doesn’t have to be continuous employment.

Self Employed parental leave payment test

A self-employed person meets the parental leave payment threshold test if they will have been self-employed for at least an average of 10 hours a week for any 26 of the 52 weeks just before the due date of the baby or the date they or their partner becomes the primary carer of the child under 6 permanently.  The self-employment for this test can be of more than 1 type and doesn’t have to be continuous.

Primary carer means:

Partner means the spouse or partner of the mother or nominated primary carer, male or female, same sex or different sex.