The Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Dad and Partner Pay) Bill 2012 was passed on Wednesday 27 June. The union movement has campaigned for Paid Parental Leave including paid secondary carer’s leave for over 30 years.
Dad and Partner Pay (DaPP) will provide 2 weeks government funded payment (at the National Minimum Wage) and two weeks employer provided unpaid leave for secondary carers of new born babies. DaPP can be taken concurrently with the primary carer’s 18 week government funded Paid Parental Leave (PPL).
DaPP must be taken within the first 12 months of the birth or adoption of a child and is provided on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis which cannot be accumulated or taken in conjunction with any other paid leave or paid work.DaPP is available to:
- The biological father of the child;
- The partner of the child’s birth mother (including same sex partner); or
- And adoptive parent of the child.
Eligibility for DaPP is the same as for Paid Parental leave (PPL), that is, parents must be in paid employment and have:
- Been engaged in work continuously for at least 10 out of the 13 months prior to the birth or adoption of the first child;
- Worked at least 330 hours in the 10 month period (an average of one day per week);
- Earned less than 150,000 taxable income in the previous financial year;
- Be an Australian resident.
Full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, contract and self-employed workers are entitled to DaPP so long as they meet the eligibility criteria above. Secondary carers are entitled to DaPP irrespective of the primary carer’s work history or access to paid PPL.
As with PPL, DaPP may be transferred between carers. However, as in PPL, a secondary carer will only be able to take a maximum of 18 weeks combined PPL and DaPP.Claims for DaPP may be lodged from 1 October 2012. Payments will be made via the Department of Human Services beginning from 1 January 2013.