8.3.3.70 Backdated Start Days - PP

General rule

SS(Admin)Act, Schedule 2 clause 29 enables the PP start day to be backdated to the first day of qualification for PP if a person claims within 4 weeks of the child becoming a PP child of the person.

Explanation 1: Schedule 2, clause 29 applies where:

  • the person obtains a PP child by adoption or fostering, or
  • the person who has not given birth to a newborn child wishes to claim PP, but is unable to claim under the provision at Schedule 2 clause 10 because they are not the parent physically giving birth.

Example: Sally adopted Jack on 20 January 2016 and lodged her PP claim 2 weeks later. Sally's claim for PP is backdated to 20 January, which is the first day Jack became her PP child.

Explanation 2: Schedule 2 clause 29 does NOT apply to a person who obtains a PP child by giving birth to that child. Such people are covered under the provisions of Schedule 2 clause 10. A description of the operation of clause 10 can be found in 8.3.3.10.

Explanation 3: Schedule 2 clause 29 applies regardless of whether the person is lodging a claim when the FIRST PP child enters their care or a SUBSEQUENT PP child enters their care.

Explanation 4: A start day CANNOT be backdated when other changes in circumstances occur, regardless of whether they are:

  • qualifying events, such as meeting residence requirements, or
  • not qualifying events, such as marriage, registering a relationship, starting a de facto relationship or separation.

The EXCEPTION to this rule relates to former WP, CP or PA recipients. See details below.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act Schedule 2 clause 10 Claim soon after childbirth, Schedule 2 clause 29 Parenting payment

Person receiving WP or CP

The PP start day may be backdated to the day immediately after the end of a bereavement period if a WP or CP recipient transfers to PP following their partner's (1.1.P.85) death. The recipient is not required to lodge a claim.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 12 Deemed claim in certain cases

Person receiving PA

The PP start day may be backdated to the first day of qualification if a PA recipient becomes qualified for PP because they now have a PP child. The recipient is NOT required to lodge a claim.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 12 Deemed claim in certain cases

Last reviewed: 1 July 2016