‘Dad And Partner Pay’ – What Is It And How Does It Work?

Dad and Partner Pay is a Federal Government funded program which is an extension to the Paid Parental Leave scheme. It became available to eligible working dads or partners (including adopting parents and same-sex partners) who care for a child born or adopted from 1st January 2013.

It provides for up to two weeks of government-funded pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage – currently $656.90/week. Dad and Partner Pay can be taken at the same time Paid Parental Leave is received by the mother.

To be eligible a dad or partner must:

  • Be caring for a child born or adopted from 1st January 2013
  • Be able to meet residence requirements
  • Have an individual adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less in the financial year (either before the date of the claim or the date the Dad and Partner Pay period starts) – whichever is earlier
  • Meet the work test, which requires you to have worked for:
    1.  At least 10 of the 13 months before the date your Dad and Partner Pay period starts
    2.  At least 330 hours in that 10 month period – which is just over a day a week, with no contiguous gap of longer than 8 weeks between 2 working days, and
    3.  Be on unpaid leave or not working during the Dad and Partner Pay period.

The claim can be started 3 months before the expected birth date or adoption date of the child and must be done through Centrelink.

For more information seek guidance from your professional advisor or contact MTA Global – email info@aada.asn.au to register and access AADA Industrial Relations and Workplace Health and Safety related services at a special member rate.


Ted Kowalski

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