Paid Parental Leave

Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme started on 1 January 2011. It provides eligible working parents with 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay at the National Minimum Wage, currently $570 a week before tax. Taking time away from work for a new baby is a common part of working life. The Paid Parental Leave scheme will help parents spend more time at home with a new baby, and help employers keep skilled and valuable staff.

Parents and employers can find out more about the scheme, eligibility requirements and how to apply at the Family Assistance Office website

The Paid Parental Leave Guide is available to assist in understanding the associated law and its application.  

Paid Parental Leave Bill

How the Paid Parental Leave Comparison Estimator works

The Paid Parental Leave scheme:

  • is government funded
  • is for eligible working parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011
  • can be transferred to the other parent
  • is paid at the National Minimum Wage – currently $570 a week before tax*
  • is for up to 18 weeks
  • can be taken any time within the first year after birth.

*The 2010 national minimum wage order has been set at $569.90 per week, calculated on the basis of a week of 38 ordinary hours, or $15 per hour. The Paid Parental Leave scheme payment is calculated at the hourly rate of $15.

Paid Parental Leave
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