Paid Parental Leave
An employment-tested weekly payment that can be made to:
- Eligible employees who are the primary carer of a newborn or adopted child get up to 18 weeks’ leave paid at the national minimum wage.
- These payments are made to the employer first, who then pays them to the employee. These payments can be paid before, after or at the same time as other entitlements such as annual leave and long service leave.
- Parental Leave Pay from the Australian Government doesn’t change paid parental leave from an employer – an employee can be paid both.
- These payments do not affect or replace unpaid parental leave.
- This scheme does not provide an entitlement to any additional parental leave.
Dad and Partner Pay
Eligible working dads and partners (including same-sex partners) get 2 weeks leave paid at the national minimum wage. These payments are made directly to the employee.
Newborn Supplement and Upfront Payment
When you claim family tax benefit you will automatically be assessed your eligibility for Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement if you are not claiming Parental Leave Pay for the same child. The amount of Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement you receive depends on your family’s income and how many children you have.
You can apply for FTB as early as 3 months before your child’s expected date of birth or adoption, which is a great idea, because then you’re all ready to go. Well for the payments anyway, if not the parenting!
This payment is to help with the cost of day care, outside school hours care, vacation care, pre-school and kindergarten. To be eligible, you need to:
- use approved or registered child care
- be responsible for paying the child care fees for your child
- ensure your child is immunised, on an immunisation catch up schedule, or is exempt from the immunisation requirements, and
- meet the residence requirements
To receive more than a zero rate of Child Care Benefit you must meet the income test.
Child Care Rebate
An additional payment to help with your child care costs if you’re eligible for Child Care Benefit. It is NOT income tested.
You may be eligible for Child Care Rebate if:
- you use a Child Care Benefit approved child care service
- you’re eligible for Child Care Benefit, even if you earn too much to receive payment, and
- you and your partner meet the Work, Training, Study test for Child Care Rebate or meet an exception