The Paid Parental Leave government scheme is financial support for up to 18 weeks to help eligible parents take time off work to care for a newborn or recently adopted child. To be eligible you must:
- Be the primary carer of a newborn or recently adopted child
- Meet the Paid Parental Leave work test
- Meet the Paid Parental Leave income test
- Be on leave or not working from the time you become your child’s primary carer until the end of your Paid Parental Leave period
If you qualify for Paid Parental Leave, you may be entitled to other payments and services, such as:
Employers receive Paid Parental Leave funds from the Department of Human Services and pay eligible employees in the same way they would normally pay their salary and wages.