Dad and Partner Pay Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive the Dad and Partner Pay?

Dad and Partner pay is available to all eligible employees (eg., continuing, fixed-term or casual employees).

To be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay, a father or partner will need to be:

  • Caring for a child born or adopted on or after 1 January 2013;
  • Be an Australian resident;
  • Meet the Paid Parental leave work test
    • have worked for at least 10 of the 13 months prior to the start date of their Dad and Partner Pay; and
    • have worked for at least 330 hours in that 10 month period (just over one day a week), with no more than an eight week gap between two consecutive working days.
  • Have an individual adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less in the previous financial year; and
  • Be on unpaid leave or not working during the Dad and Partner Pay period.

How much do I get paid if I am eligible for the Dad and Partner Pay?

If you are an eligible working dad or partner, you can get up to two weeks pay at the National Minimum Wage (currently $606 a week before tax)when you’re on unpaid leave from work or are not working.

Who Pays Dad and Partner Pay?

Dad and Partner Pay is funded by the Department of Human Services and will pay you after your child is born or adopted and your claim is finalised. The money is paid from the Department of Human Services directly into your bank account in one instalment. USQ does not play a role in providing this payment. Any matters relating to the payment of the Government initiative will need to be discussed with the Department of Human Services directly.

How does Dad and Partner Pay affect my other entitlements?

Dad and Partner Pay is a taxable income and may have an impact on family assistance payments and other entitlements.

Will my USQ leave entitlements be affected if I receive the Dad and Partner Pay?

Receiving Dad and Partner Pay will not affect your USQ Paid Partner Leave entitlement however you will not be able to receive both payments at once. To be eligible to receive Dad and Partner Pay you need to be on unpaid leave and as such would need to apply for leave without pay from USQ in order to be eligible.

It is also important to note that both parents can take up to three weeks of their unpaid leave at the same time, starting immediately after the birth or by agreement with their employer, up to six weeks after the birth.

What is my role as the employee?

The onus is on the employee to claim the government funded Dad and Partner Pay. This is done directly between the employee and the Department of Human Services. All relevant information is provided by the Department of Human Services.

When can I claim Dad and Partner Pay?

The Department of Human Services will start accepting claims from 1 October 2012 for births or adoptions expected on or after 1 January 2013. You can make a claim for Dad and Partner Pay up to three months before your child’s birth or adoption.

You can also claim Dad and Partner Pay after you have taken your unpaid leave and returned to work however, you must lodge a claim within 52 weeks of your child’s birth or adoption.

How do I claim Dad and Partner Pay?

From 1 October 2012, you can claim online via the Department of Human Services website or alternatively, you can fill out and lodge a paper form to the Department of Human Services.

Where can I find out more information?

For more information about Dad and Partner Pay visit www.humanservices.gov.au or call 13 61 50.