Parental leave

Last updated
03 August 2022

MOP(S) Act employees can access parental leave as set out in the Enterprise Agreement and leave and public holidays guideline (see related resources). The Enterprise Agreement allows for maternity leave, adoption leave and supporting partner leave.

Discuss your parental leave plans with your employing parliamentarian before applying. Apply for maternity leave by submitting a completed maternity leave application form (see related resources) to MOPSPay& Apply for parental leave through PEMS.

Eligible MOP(S) Act employees may also be able to access parental leave pay and dad and partner pay through Services Australia in addition to these entitlements.

Maternity leave

Maternity leave entitlements are provided for under the Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973. Eligible MOP(S) Act employees receive four weeks of paid leave in addition to the 12 weeks provided for under the Act. Maternity leave can be taken as a combination of paid and unpaid leave up to a maximum of 52 weeks.

Adoption leave

Adoption leave provides 16 weeks of paid leave for MOP(S) Act employees who adopt a child. There is no entitlement for unpaid adoption leave. You may access unpaid parental leave under the Fair Work Act 2009 or apply for leave without pay. 

Supporting partner leave

Supporting partner leave provides five weeks paid leave for MOP(S) Act employees whose partner has given birth to or adopted a child. This can be taken at half pay for 10 weeks, and can be taken in combination with other leave.

Parental leave pay and dad and partner pay

The parental leave pay scheme (PLP) and dad and partner pay (DAPP) are administered by Services Australia. They are parental leave payments made to eligible employees who give birth to or adopt a child. They are not leave entitlements. They are paid in combination with other leave arrangements.

PLP provides for up to 18 weeks of parental leave pay at the National Minimum Wage, paid to the primary carer of the child. This is taken as an initial block of 12 weeks and then up to 30 flexible days within two years of the birth or adoption. DAPP provides for two weeks of parental leave pay at the National Minimum Wage, paid to the father of the child or the partner of the primary carer.

Further information on parental leave pay and dad and partner pay including how to apply is available through Services Australia.

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