Using the Paid Parental Leave Guide

Welcome to the Paid Parental Leave Guide. The Guide has been designed as a web publication (HTML). It is not available in a single electronic file or in paper format.

What does the Guide cover?

The Guide is divided into 9 parts as explained in the following table:

Part name What is covered
1 Key terms & principles This part contains definitions of key terms used in this Guide and basic descriptions of the payments provided for in the PPL law.
2 Eligibility for PLP & DAPP This part explains the differences between PLP, including a PPL period and flexible PPL, and DAPP, and contains details about the eligibility criteria for each payment.
3 Rate calculation for PLP & DAPP This part explains how the rate of PLP and DAPP must be calculated according to the PPLAct and applied to the PPL instalment period, flexible PPL days or DAPP period.
4 Claims & payments for PLP This part is about claims, payments and instalments for PLP.
5 Claims & payments for DAPP This part is about DAPP claims and payments.
6 Determinations This part is about determinations relating to claims for PLP and DAPP.
7 Compliance & enforcement

This part is about gathering information for the purposes of the PPLAct, the confidentiality of personal and protected information, rules relating to criminal offences, and imposing obligations on recipients of PLP, DAPP and employers receiving PPL funding amounts.

It also deals with referral of matters to the FWO for investigation, civil penalty provisions, compliance notices, infringement notices, debt recovery and writing off and waiver of debts.

8 Review of decisions This part provides detailed information about the rights of claimants and employers to have decisions reviewed under the PPLAct and by the AAT.
9 Miscellaneous This part explains how the PPLAct applies in particular circumstances, the appointment of nominees and other matters.
10 Transitional arrangements This part provides information about changes to the PPL scheme and any transitional arrangements if applicable.

Use of abbreviations

For ease of reference the following abbreviations are used in the Guide:

  • PPL Guide - Paid Parental Leave Guide
  • PPLAct - Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
  • PPL Rules - Paid Parental Leave Rules 2021
  • FA Guide - Family Assistance Guide
  • FAAct - A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
  • FA(Admin)Act - A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
  • SS Guide - Social Security Guide
  • SSAct - Social Security Act 1991
  • SS(Admin)Act - Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
  • SS(IntAgree)Act - Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999

Finding information

The following features are provided to assist in finding relevant information:

  • Search - type your search term (words or phrases) in the search box at the top of the page. The Advanced search on the results page allows a search to be limited to a specific Guide or Guides.
  • Site map - gives an overall picture of the structure of the PPL Guide.
  • Keyword index - this provides an extensive list of words which can be used to search for specific topics.
  • Act reference index - this provides a list of sections in the paid parental leave scheme legislation referenced in the Guide. This can be used to search for topics that relate to each listed section.


The Guide has a number of links incorporated at various levels, including the following:

  • Act references - links to relevant law on the Federal Register of Legislation website (see tip sheet for assistance navigating to a referenced section).
  • Policy references - links to related information in other parts of the Guide, and sometimes to the FA Guide or SS Guide.
Last reviewed: 10 May 2021