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.

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