Dad and Partner Pay

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 […]