9.3.1 General Administration & Delegation

DSS Secretary delegation

The Secretary of DSS is responsible for the general administration of the PPLAct, subject to any direction by the Minister. However, to allow for efficient administration of the PPL scheme, given the volume of decisions to be made, the Secretary, by signed instrument, may delegate, all or any of his or her powers under the PPLAct (other than the exceptions under Part 4-2 Division 3 and Division 5 and paragraph 128(1)(b)) to an 'officer', or to the Chief Executive Centrelink or the Chief Executive Medicare or an Australian Public Service (APS) employee in DHS).

The exceptions to the Secretary's power to delegate above relate to civil penalty orders, infringement notices and disclosing information to agency heads.

The Secretary may delegate his or her power under PPLAct Part 4-2 Divisions 3 and 5 (civil penalty orders and infringement notices) only to the Chief Executive Centrelink, or the Chief Executive Medicare or an SES employee or an acting SES employee.

The Secretary may delegate his or her power under paragraph 128(1)(b) (disclosing information to an agency head) only to the Chief Executive Centrelink or the Chief Executive Medicare. If the Secretary delegates that power to the Chief Executive of Centrelink or the Chief Executive Medicare, the Chief Executive cannot delegate the power to a Departmental employee (within the meaning of the Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997 or the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973).


Payments of PLP and DAPP made direct to claimants by Centrelink, or PPL funding amounts paid to employers under the PPLAct, are made from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

Review of the operation of PPLAct

A review of the general operation of the PPLAct is to begin by the end of January 2013. The Minister must ensure that the public is given the opportunity to make submissions in relation to the review and must table a written report of the review in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of the day on which the Minister receives the report.

The review must consider:

  • the amount of time off work that primary carers are taking to care for newborn or newly adopted children,
  • the availability and amount of leave and payments provided by employers in relation to the birth or adoption of a child, and the interaction of those entitlements with parental leave pay provided under the PPLAct,
  • the operation of the work test,
  • whether primary claimants' partners should be paid parental leave pay separately from, or in addition to, primary claimants,
  • whether employers should make superannuation contributions in relation to parental leave pay,
  • the results of any evaluations conducted in relation to the operation of the PPLAct, and
  • any other matter relevant to the general operation of the PPLAct.

Note: The review of the PPL scheme was completed on 11 June 2014, as required under the PPLAct.


The Governor-General may make Regulations consistent with the provisions of the PPLAct setting out certain matters required or permitted by the PPLAct to be prescribed or necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to the Act.

Act reference: PPLAct section 302 General administration, section 303 Delegation, section 307 Appropriation, section 307A Review of the operation of this Act, section 308 Regulations

Last reviewed: 8 May 2017