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For individuals & families
Te hunga takitahi me ngā whānau
For individuals & families: As a parent

Paid parental leave

What paid parental leave is

Paid parental leave (PPL) is a government-funded entitlement paid to eligible working mothers and adoptive parents when they take parental leave from their job(s) to care for their newborn or adopted child under the age of six. These payments go towards the loss of income that working mothers and adoptive parents experience when they take this parental leave.

How much the PPL payments are

If you're:

  • an employee, PPL payments equal your normal pay up to a current maximum of $504.10 a week before tax
  • self-employed, PPL payments equal your average weekly earnings up to a current maximum of $504.10 a week before tax. If you make a loss or earn less than the minimum wage, for at least 10 hours work a week, the payment is $142.50 each week before tax. This is equivalent to 10 hours each week at the current minimum wage rate.

How long you can receive PPL payments for

If you have a new baby ... or adopt achild under the age of 6 ... then you can receive PPL payments for a maximum of ...
born before 1 April 2014 before 1 April 2014 14 weeks.
expected or born on or after 1 April 2015 on or after 1 April 2015 16 weeks.
expected or born on or after 1 April 2016 on or after 1 April 2016 18 weeks.

You can transfer your PPL to your spouse or partner, as long as they also qualify for PPL from their employer or self-employment.

How PPL is paid

We (Inland Revenue) will pay PPL payments directly into your bank account each fortnight. The payments will be treated as income, just like your normal salary and wages or self-employed income. PPL payments have tax and student loan deductions taken out (at the rate applies to you). It will not have earners' levy deducted from it.

Once we have received and processed your application we'll send your payment advice letter with:

  • your weekly entitlement amount - note that while this entitlement is weekly, it is paid fortnightly
  • the amount of your regular fortnightly payment
  • the dates when all your payments will be received - note first and last payments may differ from regular fortnightly amounts depending on your PPL start date).

Parental tax credit and paid parental leave

You may be entitled to receive more money by applying for parental tax credit rather than PPL if:

  • you earn less than $19,350 a year before tax from the job that you're taking leave from, or
  • you're expecting three or more children, eg, from multiple births or adoptions, or
  • you're taking less than the maximum number of weeks paid for paid parental leave.

Find out more about parental tax credit

Find out if you're eligible for PPL and how to apply

Find out if you're eligible for PPL and how to apply on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's website (formerly the Department of Labour) or call them on 0800 20 90 20.

Maximum weekly amounts for PPL for previous years

PPL start date is Maximum amount for employees
(before tax)
Payment for self-employed with a loss or income less than the minimum wage
(before tax)
1 July 2014 $504.10 $142.50
1 July 2013 $488.17 $137.50
1 July 2012 $475.16 $135.00
1 July 2011 $458.82 $130.00




Date published: 28 Nov 2014

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