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Dad and Partner Pay

What is Dad and Partner Pay?

Dad and Partner pay is a payment for working fathers and partners (including same-sex partners) who are on leave to care for a child – born or adopted.

The subsidy is an entitlement under the Paid Parental Leave Scheme and paid directly to eligible persons by the Australian Government.

Eligible persons will receive up to two weeks of government-funded pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage (currently about $753.90 per week before tax). The payment is given all at once at any time in the first year after birth or adoption.

Who can get the payment?

You can apply for the payment if you’re a working dad or partner who cares for a child born or adopted from 1 January 2013. Applicants can be from any employment status: full-time, part-time, casual, contract or seasonal basis, self-employed or working in a family business.

To be eligible you’ll 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 each work day
  • 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

The payment does not 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 the payment 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.

For more information on Parental Leave, check out our previous blog on recent changes to the entitlement.  We’re across all things employment and HR-related so you can focus on growing your business…why not give us a call and find out how Bare Bones Consulting can help you succeed?

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