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The paid parental leave scheme came into effect on 1 January 2011 and all employees who comply with the paid parental leave scheme test may claim parental pay leave.

To comply with the test an employee must:-

  1. Be an Australian citizen;
  2. Have received an individual adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less in the previous financial year;
  3. Be on leave or not working from the time of the birth or adoption;
  4. Have worked for at least 10 of the 13 months prior to the birth (or adoption) of a child;
  5. Have worked for at least 350 hours in that 10 month period with no more than an 8 week gap between 2 working days.

Eligible employees who may apply for payment are:-

  1. The birth mother; or
  2. The initial primary carer of an adopted child.

An employee may still be eligible in the event of a stillbirth or infant death.

A short summary of the details of the payments are as follows:-

  1. Payments are government funded;
  2. For eligible employees (as defined above) for children born or adopted after 1 January 2011;
  3. The payments are transferable to the other parent;
  4. Payments are currently $570.00 per week before tax;
  5. Can be paid for up to 18 weeks;
  6. Must be applied for within 1 year after the birth of the child.

Contact Department Manager Amanda Heather on 07 5506 8245 or free call 1800 621 071 to make an appointment or to obtain more information or use our Online Enquiry Form to send us your details.


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Amanda Heather

Amanda Heather

  • Department Manager & Paralegal
  • Commercial Litigation
    Criminal & Traffic Law
  • Direct line: 07 5506 8245
  • Mobile: 0425 260 837