Parental leave payments are administered by Inland Revenue. A person may be able to get parental leave payments even if they don’t qualify for parental leave from their employment.
Who can get parental leave payments
Employees and self-employed people may be able get parental leave payments when they’re not working so they can care for a new child.
Amount of parental leave payment
The parental leave payment is a weekly payment for one continuous period of up to 22 weeks. There will be a further increase to 26 weeks from 1 July 2020.
Parental leave payment period
The parental leave payment period can’t start later than the child’s arrival and the payments are for up to 22 weeks. There will be a further increase to 26 weeks from 1 July 2020.
Applying for parental leave payments
Employees and self-employed people apply for parental leave payments through Inland Revenue. They must apply before the earlier of 12 months since the child's arrival, or when they return to work.
Preterm baby parental leave payments
Preterm baby payments may be available if a baby is born before the end of 36 weeks’ gestation. These are in addition to parental leave payments.