This table provides a summary of the paid and unpaid parental leave benefits available to eligible parents, including those who choose to share any of their parental leave payments or extended leave. There are different entitlements available to parents depending on whether they’re employees and they meet the six or 12 month eligibility criteria, or they’re self-employed.
For the purposes of this table “mother” means the birth mother or the nominated primary carer in situations where neither of the parents has given birth to the child, regardless of whether that person is male or female. “Partner” means the spouse or partner of the mother or nominated primary carer, regardless of whether they are male or female.
Tools and Resources
Parental leave and payment eligibility tool
Use our tool to determine if you or your partner are entitled to parental leave.
Leave and holidays guide - PDF 4.2MB
A guide to employees’ minimum leave and holiday entitlements.
Parental leave and payment eligibility table - PDF 274KB
A summary of the paid and unpaid parental benefits available to eligible parents.
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