2.1.2 Payability Differences between PLP & DAPP

Birth verification

To be payable for PLP, a primary claimant must verify the child's birth (1.1.V.10) or provide proof of the child's entry into care.

To be payable for DAPP, either the claimant or another person must verify the child's birth or provide proof of the child's entry into care. The other person could be the claimant of PLP or a family assistance payment for the child.

Act reference: PPLAct section 18 The child's birth has not been verified, section 115BC The child's birth has not been verified

DOB or adoption

PLP is payable for children born or adopted from 1 January 2011.

DAPP is payable for children born or adopted from 1 January 2013.

Act reference: PPLAct section 19 The child was born before 1 January 2011, section 115BD The child was born before 1 January 2013, section 275 How this Act applies to an adopted child

Length of payment

PLP is payable for a maximum period of 18 weeks.

DAPP is payable for a maximum period of 2 weeks

Note: A person may only receive a maximum period of 18 weeks (126 days) for a child under the PPL scheme. This could be a combined PPL period and DAPP period of 126 days. For example where eligible, a person may have 16 weeks of PLP transferred from their partner and may also receive 2 weeks of DAPP or 17 weeks of PLP and 1 week of DAPP but not 18 weeks of PLP and 2 weeks of DAPP.

A family can receive a maximum period of 20 weeks for a child or a multiple birth or multiple adoption) under the PPL scheme. For example where eligible, a mother could receive 18 weeks of PLP and the father could receive 2 weeks of DAPP.

Act reference: PPLAct Part 2-2 Division 2 Determinations about whether PLP is payable to a person, Part 3A-2 Division 2 Determinations about whether DAPP is payable to a person

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.2.1 PLP Eligibility Overview, 2.3.1 DAPP Eligibility Overview, 6.2.2 Payability Determinations for PLP, 6.3.2 Payability Determinations for DAPP

PLP & DAPP for the same child

PLP and DAPP cannot be paid to the same person at the same time for the same child.

DAPP may be payable to a person whether or not the person may have received PLP for the child.

PLP is not payable to a person for a child if the person has been paid PLP for the child under a different claim.

PLP is not payable to a primary claimant in normal circumstances if their partner, or former partner when they were a couple, has been paid PLP for the child.

PLP is not payable to a secondary claimant in normal circumstances if their partner, or former partner when they were a couple, has been paid PLP for the child, unless they were the primary claimant to which the secondary claim relates.

Act reference: PPLAct section 21 PLP is already payable to the person etc.

Paid Parental Leave Rules 2010

Policy reference: PPL Guide 6.2.2 Payability Determinations for PLP, 6.3.2 Payability Determinations for DAPP

Last reviewed: 6 February 2017