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  Published on Monday, 05 December 2016

Dad and Partner Pay

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  Published on Monday, 05 December 2016
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Dad and Partner Pay is a Government-funded payment for dads and partners (including adoptive parents and same sex couples) who are caring for a newborn or adopted child. It took effect on 1 January 2013.

If you are an eligible working dad or partner you may receive up to two weeks' pay at the National Minimum Wage rate (currently $753.90 per week before tax) when you are on unpaid leave from work or not working.

Full time, part time, casual, seasonal, contract and self employed dads and partners may also receive the payment if they meet certain eligibility criteria.

Am I eligible to receive Dad or Partner Pay?

You may be eligible if you are the:

  • Biological father of the child;
  • Partner of the birth mother;
  • Adoptive parent;
  • Partner of the adoptive parent;
  • Person caring for a child born in a surrogacy arrangement;
  • Partner of the biological father (in some circumstances); or 
  • Partner of a new carer where care arrangements have changed (in some circumstances and not including foster care).

As well as being one of the above people, you must also:

  • Provide care for a newborn or newly adopted child on each day of the Dad and Partner Pay period (which lasts up to two weeks);
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Meet a work test, which requires you to have worked* for:
    • At least 10 of the 13 months before the date your Dad and Partner Pay period starts, and
    • At least 330 hours in that 10 month period (just over a day a week);
  • Have individually earned an adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less in the financial year before your start date for Dad and Partner Pay or the date you put in your claim (whichever is earlier); and
  • Not be working or taking paid leave during your Dad and Partner Pay period.

* If your child was born or adopted before 1 January 2020, then you can't have more than an eight week gap between two consecutive working days, and if they were born on or after 1 January 2020, then you can't have more than 12 weeks between work days. 

Birth mothers are not eligible for Dad and Partner Pay but they may be able to receive Parental Leave Pay under the Paid Parental Leave Scheme.

How is Dad and Partner Pay paid?

If you’re eligible for the payment and have successfully submitted a claim, then Dad and Partner Pay will be paid directly into your bank account as one instalment.

The government withholds PAYG tax at a 15 per cent rate (unless you request a different rate), and some employers pay the gap between the government payment and their employee’s usual wage. 

Unlike Parental Leave Pay, Dad and Partner Pay cannot be transferred to another person, and it is possible for a father or carer to get Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay for the same child, though not at the same time. As a family, you can get up to 20 weeks Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay combined. 

In the case of multiple births, Dad and Partner Pay will only be paid for one child, and it may be payable in the case of a still birth or infant death.

It’s important to let Services Australia know about any changes to your circumstances while getting Dad and Partner Pay. And keep in mind that payment is treated as a taxable income, so it may affect your tax obligations (around things like child support, HECS and the Medicare Levy) and may also have an impact on your family assistance or income support payments.

When do I have to take my Dad and Partner Pay?

You can nominate a start date for your Dad and Partner Pay any time in the first 52 weeks from the date your baby was born or adopted. 

You will need to either be not working or on unpaid leave for the two weeks you receive the pay, so if you want to receive the full two weeks of Dad and Partner Pay, your start date will need to be within 50 weeks of your child's birth or adoption.

Will my Dad and Partner Pay affect existing leave entitlements offered by my employer?

This payment does not change your existing workplace leave entitlements, and if you’ve worked continuously for your employer for 12 months or more, then you may be able to take unpaid parental leave as well. 

There’s more information about paid and unpaid parental leave at the Fair Work Ombudsman, and for detailed information on Dad and Partner Pay, got to Services Australia.






This child care article was last reviewed or updated on Saturday, 17 October 2020

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