2.5 Caring for a child
PLP is designed to support eligible parents who have been in the work force to take time off work to care for their newborn child. It also assists carers to take time off work to care for a recently adopted child or to care for a child in some exceptional circumstances. A claimant must generally be caring for the child (1.1.C.10) to be entitled to receive PLP.
A person is caring for a child on a day if the child is in their care on the day. More than one person can be caring for a child on a day.
The PPL Rules prescribe conditions where a PPL or special PPL claimant remains eligible for PLP although they are temporarily unable to care for the child (1.1.T.50) or where they have lost care of the child (1.1.L.30) without their consent.
Additionally, a birth mother who relinquishes their child in a surrogacy or adoption arrangement, or a birth mother whose child was removed from their care by a state or territory child protection agency or in accordance with a decision of a court of a state or territory, may be an eligible PPL claimant for PLP even though they are not caring for the child. PLP will only be payable in the first 20 weeks following the birth.