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.

Your maximum payment rate each fortnight includes Parenting Payment and the Coronavirus Supplement. You’ll get the supplement at a rate of $150 per fortnight until 31 March 2021.

Your first payment in April may include a partial increase to your regular payment amount and a final Coronavirus Supplement payment. This applies if your reporting date is on or before 13 April 2021. You’ll only get the Coronavirus Supplement if you get at least $1 of your regular payment.

The regular payment rate increased from 1 April 2021 by $50 per fortnight.

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: 1 April 2021