When on parental leave

Changes to the Australian Government Parental Leave Pay Scheme

From 1 July 2020, eligible employees can split their Parental Leave Pay (PLP) so they take it over 2 periods within 2 years.

Employees are able to claim PLP for 1 set period and 1 flexible period. The first period of PLP is available for up to 12 continuous weeks, within 12 months of the birth or adoption of a child. The second period of PLP is flexible and available for up to 30 days, usually starting after the first period ends and finishing within 24 months of a child’s birth or adoption.

To learn more, go to Changes to the Parental Leave Pay Scheme.

Employees on unpaid parental leave have various entitlements:

Keeping in touch days

Visit the Keeping in touch days page to find out about:

  • keeping in touch during parental leave
  • how many days can be taken
  • payment received on these days.

Other leave entitlements during parental leave

Check Other leave entitlements during parental leave to find out about:

  • leave that can be accumulated during parental leave
  • other leave that can be taken during parental leave.

Extending parental leave

Visit the Extending parental leave page to learn about:

  • extending leave within the initial 12 months of parental leave
  • extending leave beyond the initial 12 months
  • whether a request to extend parental leave can be refused
  • how an extension can affect a partner's parental leave entitlements.

Going back to work early

Visit the Going back to work early page to find out about:

  • returning to work from parental leave earlier
  • whether an employee can be asked to return to work earlier
  • how going back to work early affects a partner's parental leave entitlements
  • cancelling leave because of a still birth or infant death.

Ending employment during parental leave

Visit the Ending employment during parental leave page to learn about:

  • requirements when an employee resigns while on parental leave
  • whether an employer can dismiss an employee or make them redundant during parental leave
  • parental leave entitlements when a business changes owners.

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