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Amount of parental leave payment

The parental leave payment is a weekly payment for one continuous period of up to 26 weeks.

Employees

Employees’ weekly parental leave payments equal the greater of:

  • an applicant’s ordinary weekly pay, or
  • an applicant’s average weekly income

up to the maximum weekly amount of $712.17 gross (gross means before any deductions, for example income tax) per week.

Self-employed

Self-employed people’s parental leave payments equal the greater of:

  • 100% of their average weekly earnings, or
  • the minimum amount of parental leave payment payable to an eligible self-employed person,

up to the maximum amount of $712.17 gross (gross means before any deductions, for example income tax) per week.

The minimum amount of payment for a self-employed person per week is $227 per week. This was equal to 10 hours of the minimum adult wage per week and will be adjusted every year on 1 July to reflect the current minimum wage rate. You would receive this amount if you make a loss, or earn less than the minimum wage while working for at least 10 hours per week. 

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Page last revised: 03 July 2023

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