On 1 January 2013, a new paid parental leave entitlement came into affect. The Daddy and Partner Leave now entitles fathers and domestics partners to take up two weeks paid parental leave, paid by the Federal Government at the minimum wage rate.
To be eligible for the parental leave scheme, the following criteria must be met:
- The child must be born after 1 January 2013.
- The parent/partner must be an Australian resident.
- The parent/partner must have worked for at least 10 months out of the 13 months leading up to the date of the paid leave.
- The parent/partner must have worked at least 1 day a week in the 10 months and had no more than 8 weeks between each day of work.
- The parent/partner must be earning less than $150,000.00.
- The parent/partner must not have worked during the period of leave.
The claim for parental leave can be lodged up to 3 months prior to the date of birth of the child and within 12 months after the date of the birth of the child. Importantly, employers do not need to pay for this leave entitlement, it is paid by the Government, but the unpaid leave of the employer must be agreed to by the parties.