The main income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer. This payment is also for job seekers who are main carers of young children.
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To get this you must:
- be under the income and asset test limits
- meet principal carer rules
- care for a child under 8 if you’re single or under 6 if you’re partnered
- meet residence rules
- not have claimed before the birth of the child.
Read the full conditions under who can get it.
How much Parenting Payment you can get depends on your and your partner’s circumstances.
Parenting Payment is a fortnightly payment. You’ll get your first payment 2 weeks after we approve your claim.
Page last updated: 24 April 2020
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