Public Ruling PTA012.4 Exemption for parental and adoption leave pay

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What this ruling is about

  1. The purpose of this ruling is to withdraw Public Ruling PTA012.3.
  2. Public Ruling PTA012.3 explained the application of the exemption for parental and adoption leave pay under s.14A of the Payroll Tax Act 1971 (Payroll Tax Act) and clarified the elements of the exemption.
  3. The Payroll Tax Act imposes payroll tax in Queensland on certain taxable wages paid or payable by an employer.1
  4. Prior to 1 July 2021, s.14A of the Payroll Tax Act exempted from payroll tax, certain wages paid or payable to employees in respect of parental, adoption or surrogacy leave where certain conditions are met.
  5. The Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa (Torres Strait Islander Traditional Child Rearing Practice) Act 2020 amended s.14A of the Payroll Tax Act to extend the payroll tax exemption to cultural parent leave.2
  6. The amendments to s.14A of the Payroll Tax Act take effect from 1 July 2021.
  7. Public Ruling PTAQ014A.3.1 has been published to explain the application of the exemption for maternity and paternity leave (collectively, parental leave), adoption leave, surrogacy leave or cultural parent leave under s.14A of the Payroll Tax Act.
  8. Public Ruling PTA012.3 is to be withdrawn.

Ruling and explanation

  1. Public Ruling PTA012.3 is no longer in effect.

Date of effect

  1. This public ruling takes effect from the date of issue.


Mark Jackson
Commissioner of State Revenue
Date of issue: 9 August 2021


 Public Ruling Issued  Dates of effect
From To
PTA012.4 9 August 2021 9 August 2021 Current
PTA012.3 11 December 2012 11 December 2012 8 August 2021
PTA012.2 3 July 2009 3 July 2009 10 December 2012
PTA012.1 24 February 2009 1 July 2008 2 July 2009


  1. Sections 9 and 10 of the Payroll Tax Act
  2. Section 14A(7) of the Payroll Tax Act