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Australian dads (and partners) – if your spouse (or partner) has had a baby or you’ve adopted one after January 1, 2013, you’re now entitled to “Dad and Partner Pay”.

Eligible working dads (or, you know, partners) are now able to receive up to two weeks of government-funded minimum wage and while on an unpaid parental leave or while not working. Applicants can receive their Dad and Partner Pay any time within the first year of their new child’s birth or adoption.

I’m kind of making fun of the “and Partner” wording, but it’s totally cool that Australia is supporting same-sex parents in this government program.

“You could be eligible if you work full-time, part-time, casually, seasonally, on contract, or if you’re self-employed,” says Australia’s Department of Human Services.

As mentioned, recipients of the Dad and Partner Pay will receive the minimum wage in Australia, which is a pre-tax $606/week.

Don’t know if you are, indeed, eligible? Well, why didn’t you say so? You’ve got to:

  • Be an Australian resident.
  • Be a care-provider for a baby born or adopted on or after January 1, 2013, including the…
    • biological father of the child
    • partner of the birth mother
    • adopting parent
    • partner of the adopting parent
    • parent in a surrogacy arrangement
    • partner of a parent in a surrogacy arrangement, or
    • same-sex partner of the birth mother, biological father or the adopting parent.
  • Meet a work requirement (basically be working at least a day per week for the 10 months before the baby arrived).
  • Be on unpaid leave or not working during your Dad and Partner Pay period.
  • Have made less than $150,000 income last year.

Simple, right? For a full list of eligibility requirements, see their website.