4.1.7 When to Claim PLP
A claim for PLP must be made no earlier than 97 days before the expected DOB or date of placement, and no later than the day before the child's first birthday or the day before the first anniversary of the child's placement.
A pre-birth claim for PLP is only effective if made in the period that starts on the day that is 97 days before the expected DOB of the child or expected day of placement in adoption situations. Ninety-seven days is a period equal to approximately 3 months prior to birth/placement, and this is the earliest date from which the claimant could satisfy the work test (1.1.W.30).
Example: A child is due to be born on 26 September. A pre-birth claim may be lodged from 21 June (97 days before 26 September). If a claimant chooses to lodge their claim 3 calendar months before the expected DOB on 26 June, the claim will be lodged within the allowable 97 day period.
The end of the period during which a person may claim PLP is:
- the day before the child's first birthday, or
- the day before the first anniversary of the day of the child's placement in adoption situations.
A person who claims PLP less than 18 weeks before the child's first birthday or first anniversary of the day of the child's placement in adoption situations, can only be eligible for PLP for the number of days remaining before the birthday or anniversary.
Example: If a claimant claims at week 46 after the child's birth, the claimant will be eligible to receive PLP for 6 weeks. This is because a maximum PPL period (1.1.M.20) must end on the day before the child's first birthday or the day before the first anniversary of the day of placement of the child.