1.2.2.10 Family Assistance

Parental leave pay

A person will not be eligible for NBS for a child if PLP is payable to the person for that child. In the case of a multiple birth or adoption a person can receive PLP for one child and NBS for the second and subsequent children (where NBS eligibility criteria are met).

If a person is a member of a couple and PLP is payable to their partner for a child, the person will not be eligible for NBS for that child if:

  • their partner's PPL period is 13 weeks or more and they are partnered for at least 13 weeks of that PPL period, or
  • their partner's PPL period is less than 13 weeks and they are partnered for the entire PPL period.

A person will not be eligible for SBP for a child if PLP is payable to them or their partner for that child. In the case of a multiple birth a person can receive PLP for one child and SBP for the second and subsequent children (where NBS eligibility criteria is met).

Families that choose PLP will not be able to receive FTB Part B (1.1.F.20) during the PPL period (of up to 18 weeks). However, depending on income and other eligibility criteria, they may continue to receive FTB Part A during the PPL period. FTB Part B is payable after the end of the PPL period, if eligible.

PLP is taxable and counts as income for family assistance purposes.

New parents who are not eligible for PLP will continue to receive, if eligible, NBS and FTB Part B in addition to FTB Part A.

Act reference: FAAct section 3(1) Definitions, section 36 When an individual is eligible for SBP in normal circumstances, Schedule 1 clause 28C Paid parental leave, Schedule 1 clause 35A Eligibility for NBS

Policy reference: FA Guide 1.2.18 Newborn Supplement (NBS) - Description, 2.2.3 NBS & NBU Eligibility for Individuals, 3.1.9 FTB Part B Rate Calculation, 2.2.1 FTB Eligibility Criteria for Individuals, 1.2 19 Stillborn Baby Payment (SBP) - Description, 2.12.1 SBP Eligibility Criteria

Dad & partner pay

DAPP and NBS or SBP can be received for the same child.

DAPP and PLP can be received for the same child and at the same time as FTB Part A.

DAPP is taxable and counts as taxable income for family assistance purposes.

Last reviewed: 1 July 2016