Paid parental leave scheme
The government-funded Paid Parental Leave scheme provides financial support for parents to allow them to take time off work in the early months following the birth or adoption of a child.
Parental Leave Pay provides eligible working parents, usually mothers with up to 18 weeks of pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage. From 1 January 2013 the Paid Parental Leave scheme was expanded to include a new payment for dads or partners. Dad and Partner Pay will provide eligible working dads or partners with up to two weeks of pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage. Payments under the Paid Parental Leave scheme are taxable.
Employers play an important role in the scheme because, in most cases, Parental Leave Pay is provided to eligible parents by their employer. If you have an eligible employee, you will receive funds from the Department of Human Services before you need to provide Parental Leave Pay to your employee.
Parental Leave Pay is paid to employees in the same way you would normally pay their salary or wages.