10 February 2022 — articles

paid parental leave – what you should know

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Written by bongiorno group

Are you contemplating how a baby might affect your life?

There’s one thing for sure. Besides the immense joy a baby brings, raising a child is a big responsibility. That’s where the Australian Government’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme can help. 
PPL reflects the government’s recognition that parents need time to bond with their newborn babies. Being with your baby full-time in those important first months also helps you adjust to parenthood.
The PPL program provides up to 18 weeks of paid leave at the national minimum wage. 
To be eligible, you must: 
• be the child’s primary carer
• meet the program’s income test
• meet the program’s work test
• comply with the program’s residency rules.
Income test
Australia’s PPL is a means-tested program. This means that to qualify, your individual adjusted taxable income in the financial year prior to the birth of your baby, or date of your claim, must be $150,000 or less.
adjustable taxable income must include: 

• the final income amount on which your tax obligation is calculated after all tax deductions and tax credits have been subtracted
• reportable fringe benefits, as in grossed salary packaging
• reportable superannuation contributions, as in extra tax-deductible superannuation contributions
• net investment losses, as in negative gearing on a property
• income from foreign sources, including tax-exempt income.


Income test example

Claire is a registered medical officer at a public hospital.  Claire’s taxable income for the financial year before the baby is born is detailed below.
Income test example:

• Gross income $140,000
• Minus salary packaging at the cap threshold ($9,010)
• Taxable income $130,990
• Plus ‘grossed up’ salary packaging $17,000
• Plus negatively geared investment loss $3,475
• Final adjusted taxable income $151,465

work test

To qualify for the PPL program, Claire must meet both of the following criteria:

  1. She must have worked over 10 of the 13 months prior to the birth of her baby.
  2. The number of hours she worked over this time period must total at least 330, which works out to around one day of work per week.


Residency Test

Only Australian citizens, permanent visa or special category visa holders are eligible for the PPL scheme.
If you have questions about the Australian PPL scheme, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.


Vanessa Smith BBus (Acc), Adv Dip FS (FP) Cert IV FMB
Senior Consultant |Bongiorno Group 


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