by lisa levison

November 24, 2019

A couple of positive changes coming to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme that will affect you if your child is born after 1 January 2020.

Change to the gap allowed between two working days

When calculating if you meet the Work Test during the 13 months before your due date, you are currently allowed a gap between two work days of up to 56 days.

This means that if you don’t perform any paid work for up to 8 weeks during this time you will still be eligible for Paid Parental Leave. (Paid leave is considered to be a ‘work’ day and doesn’t count towards this gap.)

From 1 January 2020, this will become 12 weeks.

This is very useful for those who are on contract work or even if you are out of work for an extended time during your pregnancy.

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If your pregnancy forces you to stop work due to safety concerns, it’s possible that you wont work enough hours to meet the Work Test and therefore will miss out on receiving Paid Parental Leave. This may no longer be the case if you meet the following conditions:

  • you’re pregnant or the birth mother of a newborn child
  • your child’s date of birth is on or after 1 January 2020
  • you stopped work because a workplace hazard was a risk to your pregnancy
  • you won’t meet the work requirements in the 13 month work test period ending the day before your child’s birth,

then you may now meet the number of hours as the 13 months used to calculate this will now end on the day that you had to finish work instead of the date of birth.

You will still need to meet all of the eligibility requirements of the Work Test, but the dates involved in your calculation will be moved.

 

Where should you start with applying for Paid Parental Leave? Here with your free checklist:

I have created a free checklist for you to download. It will help you to gather the exact information you will need when you sit down and prepare your application. Enter your details below and the PPL Checklist will be emailed to you.

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  1. Do you know if the government has said anything re changing requirements for work test in the 13 months before the child’s birth . My daughter has been working casually sine July -12 hours a week and her work test finishes 16 June, baby due mid September. She is casual and has now lost her hours but still needs to work 12 hours a week for the next 12 weeks to meet the requirements.

    1. Hi Kate, nothing has been announced and I’m still trying to find someone in Centrelink to make an actual statement on this. If that changes I’ll let you know. Lisa

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