Parental leave payments

Parental leave payments must be applied for by the employee before:

  • the period of leave ends
  • the employee returns to work, or resigns from the job.

The Government has announced changes to parental leave provisions as part of the 2014 Budget:

  • The paid parental leave has increased to 16 weeks and from 1 April 2016 leave provisions will be extended to 18 weeks.
  • From 1 April 2016 parental leave payments will apply to more workers - in particular to people who have recently changed jobs, seasonal and casual workers, and workers with more than one employer.
  • From 1 April 2016 primary carers, Home for Life parents and other carers with similar permanent care arrangements will be able to access paid parental leave.
  • For babies born on or after 1 April 2015, the Government now pays parental tax credit $220 a week, and the payment period is 10 weeks
  • In addition, the abatement rules will be changed to better target the parental tax credit towards low to middle-income families. A couple having their second child, for example, will not receive any payments if they together earn more than $99,847.


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