My partner is adopting. Am I entitled to Ordinary Paternity Leave?

You are entitled to paid Ordinary Paternity Leave if:

  • you have been continuously employed by your current employer for 26 weeks or more when your partner is notified that they have been matched with a child; and
  • you are either married to, or are the partner of, the person adopting the child; and
  • you expect to have the main responsibility, along with the person adopting the child, for the upbringing of the adopted child.

You are entitled to take either one week or two consecutive weeks’ Ordinary Paternity Leave (not two separate blocks or odd days).

The period in which you must take your leave will begin on the start date of the adoption placement and will finish eight weeks later. Your leave period can start on the first day of the placement or on a later date specified by you, as long as the leave is taken within the eight week window.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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