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Dad and Partner Pay

Published May 10, 2018 (last updated on February 29, 2024) | Adam Wyatt - Content Writer


Eligible working dads and partners (including same-sex partners) may be entitled to payment for two weeks leave at the national minimum wage. These payments are made directly to the employee by the Government. Known as ‘Dad and Partner Pay’ the payment is intended to be provided to partners who take leave from work in order to support their partners and provide care for their new child. To be eligible, employees need to satisfy specific criteria.

There is no mandatory requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave to their employees, in certain circumstances.

How Much Can You Get?

Under the entitlement, working dads and partners get two weeks of paid leave at the national minimum wage of $812.45 per week before tax. The payment is made in one instalment and the Dad and Partner Pay period must be taken in one continuous block.

Does It Affect Existing Payments Or Being Eligible For Other Entitlements?

Dad and Partner Pay is taxable income, so it may affect a person’s existing family assistance payments or access to other entitlements. Eligible workers can receive the Family Tax Benefit, but they must include the income earned from Dad and Partner Pay in their tax return.

For employees on a Parenting Payment or other income support, they must report income received from the Dad and Partner Pay. This extra income earned may reduce the rate of pay from other income support, or result in a loss of eligibility for a short period of time.

Dad and Partner Pay does not affect other paid leave entitlements such as annual leave, paid parental leave or personal leave. It also does not impact upon entitlements to unpaid leave which an employee may have under the Fair Work Act 2009.


To be eligible, an employee must either be the:

  • biological father of the child

  • partner of the birth mother

  • parent adopting the child

  • partner of a parent adopting a child or

  • person caring for a child born from a surrogacy arrangement

An employee may also be eligible if they are the partner of the biological father, or the partner of a new carer – as long as the arrangement is not foster care or another permanent care arrangement.

Along with being the new carer of a child, employees have to meet a range of criteria to be eligible. The amount of time spent caring for a child is not strict, but the employee must be caring for the child every day during the Dad and Partner Pay period. Employees must also meet residence requirements, pass a specific work test, and receive an individual adjusted taxable income of $151,350 or less in the financial year closest to the date of the claim.

An employee cannot work at all during the Dad and Partner Pay Period.

How To Apply

All requests can be made online through the myGov account linked to Centrelink. Employees can submit an online form as early as three months before the date they expect the child to be born or adopted. It is recommended to submit a claim early to ensure the payment is confirmed before the child arrives.

Applicants will need to provide a range of information including tax file number, Customer Reference Number (CRN), work test information and more.

An employee will also have to lodge a request to take unpaid leave with their employer to coincide with the period in which they intend to receive the Dad and Partner Pay.

For advice on managing Dad and Partner Pay in the workplace and, in particular, how it relates to various workplace entitlements, please call our 24/7 Advice line today. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does dad and partner pay take to process?

You can nominate a start date for your Dad and Partner Pay in your claim. Your start date can be either:

  • the day of your child’s birth or adoption
  • another date, no more than 52 weeks after your child’s birth or adoption

You get paid when your Dad and Partner Pay period begins. You’ll get the payment within a few days of your start date. 

Can you get paid parental leave and dad and partner pay?

You may be able to get Dad and Partner Pay and Parental Leave Pay for the same child. This can happen if the other transfers their Parental Leave Pay to you. 

You can’t get both at the same time. 

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