Information Circular No 03/2018: Claim Seeking the Amendment of DFR A.11 to Provide for the Paternity and Benefit Act 2016

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following the submission of a claim by PDFORRA, seeking the required amendments to Defence Force Regulations to provide for the aforementioned leave, the Department have advised that they are still being progressed.

However, the Department have advised D J1, pending finalisation of the amendment process, (including signature by the Minister) that due to the commencement of this statutory entitlement they have requested DFPP Branch to advise the adoption by the Defence Forces of a pragmatic approach in the interim.

The enabling provisions of the Primary Legislation Act as the basis for facilitating requests by Defence Force personnel in the interim.

Who is eligible?

Under the Act, a “relevant parent” for the purposes of paternity leave entitlement includes:

The father of the child
The spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the mother of the child
The parent of a donor-conceived child

In the case of an adopted child, the relevant parent includes:

The nominated parent in the case of a married same-sex couple or
The spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the adopting mother or sole male adopter


The entitlement to 2 weeks’ paternity leave from employment extends to all employees (including casual workers), regardless of how long you have been working for the organisation or the number of hours worked per week.

Should any member encounter any difficulties availing of this leave, please contact PDFORRA HQ or your Regional Liaison Officer through your District Committee.


Issued on the 11/01/2018

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