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 A message from the Australian Government

Dads and Bonding

Dads and partners play an important role in the vital early months of their child's life. To help dads and partners take time off from work, Dad and Partner Pay (DaPP) will be available to eligible working dads or partners who care for a child born or adopted from 1 January 2013.

Two weeks pay for Dads and partners

It is a new payment under the Australian Government's Paid Parental Leave scheme, providing up to two weeks of Government-funded pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage (currently about $606 per week before tax).

A strong relationship between dad and baby provides an excellent start to healthy social, emotional and cognitive development. That's why it's so important that dads take some time off work, to bond with their new baby and to share the caring responsibility and support mothers or partners from the very beginning. Dad and Partner Pay helps to provide financial support for dads and partners to be able to take time off from work to do so.

Dads can bond with their newborn through eye contact, cuddling, talking and smiling. Babies love to hear the sound of voices, so talking, reading or singing to a newborn also helps strengthen the bond between parent and child.

Dads or partners taking some time off work also have more opportunity to share and learn from the experiences of early parenting: exploring their baby's moods and needs, establishing routines, and enjoying their emerging personality.

Working dads or partners, including those adopting and parents in same-sex partners, may be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay. For more information about the payment and eligibility, go to

More Resources

DaPP Fact Sheet for Employers

DaPP brochure for parents

Paid Parental Leave Scheme fact sheet


Last modified on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 23:34

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