Changes to Parental Leave Pay

From 1 July 2020, Parental Leave Pay (PLP) is changing so that eligible employees can split their paid parental leave period into two periods within two years of the birth of the child. Previously, the leave had to be taken as one continuous period of 18 weeks. 

The leave can now be split into two periods:

  • One set period of up to 12 weeks to be used within 12 months of the birth or adoption.
  • One flexible period of up to 6 weeks to be used within 24 months of the birth or adoption.
The two periods can be taken together to provide 18 weeks as before, however the new plan allows for more flexibility with how the leave is taken.

Payment of the parental leave remains the same; PLP is paid to the employer who then pays the employee. PLP is the national minimum wage amount of $753.80 per week before tax.

Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman webpage or the Services Australia webpage for all details.