Your role as a new dad
As a dad or partner, you have a vital role in the first few months of your child’s life. The more time you can spend with your new baby, the better.
The Australian Government’s Dad and Partner Pay can give you the chance to:
- take time off work to bond and connect with your baby
- get involved with your baby and learn by doing
- share experiences as a family
- support your partner.
What is Dad and Partner Pay?
Dad and Partner Pay is an entitlement under the Paid Parental Leave Scheme. It’s paid directly to dads or partners by the Australian Government.
Dad and Partner Pay gives you up to two weeks of government-funded pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage (currently about $695 per week before tax).
You can take Dad and Partner Pay all at once at any time in the first year after birth or adoption.
Your partner might be able to claim up to 18 weeks of paid parental leave. This means your family might be able to get up to 20 weeks paid parental leave.
Who can get Dad and Partner Pay?
You can apply for Dad and Partner Pay if you’re a working dad or partner who cares for a child born or adopted from 1 January 2013.
You might be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay if you work on a full-time, part-time, casual, contract or seasonal basis, are self-employed or work in a family business.
To get Dad and Partner Pay, you will need to:
- be caring for a child born or adopted on or after 1 January 2013
- be an Australian resident
- have worked for at least 10 of the 13 months before the start date of your Dad and Partner Pay
- have worked for at least 330 hours in that 10-month period (just over one day a week), with no more than an eight-week gap between consecutive working days
- have an individual adjusted taxable income of $150 000 or less in the previous financial year
- be on unpaid leave or not working during the Dad and Partner Pay period.
Dad and Partner Pay and paid leave
Dad and Partner Pay doesn’t affect any other paid leave you might be entitled to from your employer, like paid parental leave, personal leave or annual leave.
You can take Dad and Partner Pay at any time before or after other paid leave that’s available to you, but you can’t take it at the same time as paid leave.
Dads or partners who are in ongoing employment will need to take unpaid leave during their Dad and Partner Pay period.
Top-up payments during unpaid leave
Some employers might choose to pay you the difference between your Dad and Partner Pay and your usual wage. This top-up payment isn’t considered paid leave for the purposes of claiming Dad and Partner Pay.
What do you need to do?
You will need to talk about and agree on your unpaid leave arrangements with your employer and apply for Dad and Partner Pay yourself.
You can lodge a claim for Dad and Partner Pay up to three months before or within 12 months after your child’s birth or adoption. It can be taken any time in the first year after birth or adoption.
To find out whether you’re eligible or to claim online, visit the Department of Human Services – Dad and Partner Pay webpage or call 136 150.
Your other entitlements
Your family might also be able to get Parental Leave Pay or the Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement, and the Family Tax Benefit. Visit the Department of Human Services website to find out if you’re eligible and to learn more about the range of DHS payments to support families.
Dad and Partner Pay doesn’t change any of your existing entitlements to unpaid parental leave under the National Employment Standards.
Under the National Employment Standards, parents (both mums and dads) who have worked continuously for their employer for 12 months or more have an entitlement to 12 months of unpaid parental leave. Both parents can take up to three weeks of the unpaid parental leave at the same time.
If you’ve worked for your employer for less than 12 months, you can negotiate unpaid parental leave with your employer.
You might like to read more about unpaid parental leave and the National Employment Standards.