Family Assistance

Paid Parental Leave


In 2010, Australia’s first Paid Parental Leave (PPL) system was passed by Parliament. As a result, eligible working parents expecting or adopting a child on or after January 1, 2011 can look forward to 18-weeks Government-funded pay – at the national minimum wage, currently $641 a week (before tax).

To be eligible for the payment, an individual must

  • be the primary carer of a newborn or recently adopted child
  • meet the Paid Parental Leave work test
  • meet the Paid Parental Leave income test
  • be on leave or not working from the time you become your child’s primary carer until the end of your Paid Parental Leave period.

Dads and partners haven’t been forgotten either – they may be eligible for two-weeks of Government-funded Dad and Partner Pay.

For further information on Paid Parental Leave visit the Human Services Department website.


Child Care Benefit & Child Care Rebate


The Australian Government offers two types of financial assistance: the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate which aim to assist families with child care costs.

The information sheets below provide a summary, for more detailed information visit

Information Sheet

Information Sheet

CCB Fact Sheet 2015

What is Child Care Benefit (CCB)?
CCR Fact Sheet 2015

What is the Child Care Rebate (CCR)?

Page updated: 02/02/15