We’re adding a paid parental leave section to myIR, which will be available in March 2021. You’ll be able to update your paid parental leave information, including your contact and bank account details and change of circumstances. You will also be able to request a transfer of paid parental leave entitlements to your partner. The exact date of this change is yet to be confirmed.
Applying for paid parental leave in myIR
From March, you’ll need to apply for paid parental leave in myIR. The exact date of this change is still to be confirmed. Currently, you need to complete a paper form and send this to us.
If you’re an employee, we’ll be able to pre-populate information we already hold for you, such as:
- contact details
- name of your employer(s)
- an estimate of your average weekly income.
There is currently a regulation change going through parliament that will mean you’ll no longer need your employer to sign or verify the information.
For self-employed people, we’ll be able to pre-populate some customer details, but you’ll still need to provide us with your income details. There is currently a regulation change going through parliament that will mean you’ll no longer need your tax agent (or anyone with the authority to sign a statutory declaration) to verify your information.
Payments will be made earlier in the week
Improvements to our payment process mean that from mid-March 2021 you’ll start receiving your paid parental leave payments on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays, or Wednesdays instead of Fridays for some credit union customers.
The first fortnightly payment date affected will be Thursday 18 March. Your payment should be in your account on Tuesday 16 March, or for some credit union customers Wednesday 17 March. Payments could be in your account at any time in the day, depending on when your bank processes it.
If you have any automatic payments set up with your bank, please check and make sure they won’t be affected by the change. Also make sure any regular payments you make will not be affected by the new payment day.
The fortnightly payment due in the week starting 1 March is being paid one week early, in February. We are making the payment early so that we can upgrade our system. This means there will be a three-week period between your last February payment and your first March payment. Your last payment in February will be Thursday 25 February, or Friday 26 February for some credit union customers.
Employers and Tax Agents
From March, we’ll be able to pre-populate paid parental leave applications in myIR with employer information. The date of this change is yet to be confirmed. There is currently a regulation change going through parliament that will mean employers and tax agents will no longer need to verify income details for employees or clients applying for paid parental leave.
If you have paid parental leave application - IR880 forms or links to the form on our website, please remove these when the changes come into effect in March 2021.