ParentsNext eligibility rules are changing

6 April 2021

From 1 July 2021, there are new rules about who needs to take part in ParentsNext.

If you get Parenting Payment you may need to take part in ParentsNext if all of these apply:

  • you have a child aged 9 months to 6 years
  • you’re over 15 and under 55 years of age
  • you’ve been getting Parenting Payment continuously and haven’t worked in the last 6 months.

One of the following must also apply:

  • you’re under 22 and haven’t finished Year 12 or the same level of study
  • you’re 22 or over, didn’t complete Year 12 or the same level of study, and got income support for at least 2 years
  • you finished Year 12 and got income support for more than 4 years.

In certain circumstances, you may be able to get an exemption.

We’ll let you know if you must participate in ParentsNext. If you’re getting Parenting Payment but you’re not eligible for ParentsNext, you may be able to volunteer.

From 1 July 2021, all participants, including volunteers, can apply to get access to:

  • financial help for job preparation skills
  • training
  • other work-related costs.

Talk to your ParentsNext provider to find out more including how to apply.

While you’re getting Parenting Payment, you’ll also need to:

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Page last updated: 6 April 2021