How much you can get

How much Parenting Payment you can get depends on your and your partner’s circumstances.

It also depends on your and your partner’s income and assets.

We update rates on 20 March and 20 September each year.

You may have to pay income tax on Parenting Payment.

If you got the Coronavirus Supplement, you need to declare it as income in your tax return for the 2020–21 financial year. This is included on your Centrelink payment summary.

The table shows the most you can get each fortnight if you’re single or partnered. It is a guide only.

Your circumstance Your maximum fortnightly payment from 1 April 2021


$850.20 includes Parenting Payment and the Pension Supplement.



Partnered, separated due to illness, respite care or prison


If you’re eligible for Parenting Payment you may also get Rent Assistance. You don’t need to submit a claim for Rent Assistance. We assess your eligibility when you claim Parenting Payment.

Next: When you’ll get your first payment

Parenting Payment is a fortnightly payment. We’ll tell you when your first payment is after we approve your claim.

Page last updated: 13 July 2021