Parental benefit period

The regulations in this area have been amended several times over the years.

For birth and adoption on or after 1 July 2018

From 1 July 2018, the paternal quota and the maternal quota have both been extended to 15 weeks, but the total benefit period for parental benefit (the parental benefit period) in connection with childbirth is still 49 weeks at the 100 per cent rate and 59 weeks at the 80 per cent rate. In connection with adoption, the benefit period is 46 or 56 weeks respectively. 

The extension of the quotas has been taken from the shared period. This means that the shared period is now shorter: 16 weeks (at the 100 per cent rate) or 26 weeks (at the 80 per cent rate).

The extra weeks in connection with multiple births and the adoption of multiple children at the same time have also been changed with effect from 1 July 2018:

  • In connection with birth or simultaneous adoption of two children, the parents are given 17 additional weeks (at the 100 per cent rate) and 21 additional weeks (at the 80 per cent rate). The additional weeks are allocated to the shared period.
  • In connection with birth or simultaneous adoption of three or more children, the parents are given 46 additional weeks (at the 100 per cent rate) and 56 additional weeks (at the 80 per cent rate). The additional weeks are allocated to the shared period.

For birth and adoption from 1 June 2014 up to and including 30 June 2018

The paternal quota and the maternal quota are both 10 weeks. The total benefit period for parental benefit (the parental benefit period) in connection with childbirth is 49 weeks at the 100 per cent rate and 59 weeks at the 80 per cent rate. In connection with adoption, the benefit period is 46 or 56 weeks respectively. Special rules apply when only the father is entitled to parental benefit.

In connection with multiple births or adoption of multiple children at the same time, the parental benefit period is extended by five weeks for each additional child if you have chosen to receive parental benefit at the 100 per cent rate and seven weeks if you have chosen the 80 per cent rate.