Support for dads and partners to take some time with their baby

From 1 January 2013, the Australian Government’s Dad and Partner Pay will be available to eligible working dads or partners.

An extension of the Paid Parental Leave scheme, the payment gives financial support for working dads or partners to spend more time with their family in the vital early months of a baby’s life. The new payment adds to the options available to families from the Australian Government to balance work and family commitments.

The new payment is available to eligible working dads or partners who care for a child born or adopted from 1 January 2013. Claims must be lodged by the dad or partner who is eligible to receive the payment.

Eligible dads or partners will be able to access up to two weeks of government-­-funded pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage (currently about $606 per week before tax). Dad and Partner Pay will help dads or partners take time off to bond with their baby, share experiences as a family and support mums or partners during this time.

Working dads or partners, including those in part-­-time, casual, seasonal and contract employment or self­-employed workers, those adopting and same­-sex partners, may be eligible.

To help support you and ensure you have access to the latest resources, the Australian Government has developed materials for your reference.

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Information kit about dads and partners pay

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