It is not very often you get something for free. So, for those of you who are having a baby or thinking of having a baby here is a new government payment to keep in mind. It gives dads two weeks paid parental leave at $606 per week before tax. It is available to eligible working dads or partners (including adopting parents and same-sex couples) who care for a child born or adopted from the start of 2013.
As with most government payments there are conditions that need to be met including that the recipient of the payment:
- provides care for a child born or adopted from 1 January 2013
- are an Australian resident
- meets the work test, which requires they have to have worked for:
– at least 10 of the 13 months before the date of the Dad and Partner Pay period starts, and
– at least 330 hours in that 10 month period (just over a day a week), with no more than an eight week gap between two consecutive working days
- had an individual adjusted taxable income of $150 000 or less in the financial year either before the date of the claim or the date of the start of the Dad and Partner Pay period (whichever is earlier), and
- is on unpaid leave or not working during your Dad and Partner Pay period.
This payment must be claimed by the father or partner and the mother still may be eligible for Parental Leave Pay or the Baby Bonus. The mother does not need to get Parental Leave Pay for the father or partner to get Dad and Partner Pay.
The way it works is the father or partner negotiates the unpaid leave with their employer then applies for the payment separately. The payment can be taken any time in the first year after birth or adoption. A claim can be lodged up to three months before the birth or adoption or within the first year.
Please click here for the full details.
This payment did not exist when we had our little Miss Money back in 2010, so I am not sure how easy it is to claim but I would love to hear from anyone who has claimed it and how easy it was to do so?