Paid Parental Leave scheme for employers

Information on an employer’s role in providing Parental Leave Pay

An employer must provide Parental Leave Pay to an eligible employee who:

  • has a newborn or recently adopted child
  • has worked for the employer for at least 12 months prior to the expected date of birth or adoption
  • will be an employee until at least the end of  their Paid Parental Leave period
  • is Australian-based, and
  • is expected to receive at least eight weeks of Parental Leave Pay.

If an employee does not meet the above criteria, the employer may choose if they would like to provide Parental Leave Pay or not.  

What you need to do

Employers need to register for Centrelink Business Online Services and then opt-in to provide Parental Leave Pay before the employee lodges their claim for the scheme.

A business must have an Australia Business Number to participate in the scheme.

The Department of Human Services will contact an employer if they are required to provide Parental Leave Pay to an employee. The Department of Human Services will provide Parental Leave Pay to an eligible parent who does not receive it from their employer.

Want more information?

For more information about the Paid Parental Leave scheme and the responsibilities of an employer you can:

For information about working entitlements and workplace obligations refer to the Fair Work Ombudsman or call 13 13 94. For access to all the government information and services Australian businesses need, visit business.gov.au

Small Businesses can also call the Small Business Support Line on 1800 777 275 (8 am to 8 pm AEST Monday to Friday).