Income and assets tests
You and your partner must meet the income and assets tests to get Parenting Payment. The amount you get depends on your and your partner’s income and assets.
Use our Payment and Service Finder to work out how much Parenting Payment you may get.
We review the limits on 20 March, 1 July and 20 September each year.
If you're single
You can earn up to the income limit before we reduce your payment. The limit depends on how many children you have.
|Number of children||Gross income limit per fortnight to get the full payment|
|More than 3||$241.80 plus $24.60 for each extra child.|
Your payment will reduce by 40 cents for every dollar you earn over the gross income limit.
If you earn over the cut off point of $2,220.85 gross a fortnight, we won’t pay you at all. The cut off point increases by $24.60 per child if you have more than 1 child.
If you have a partner
Your partner can earn up to $2,029.50 per fortnight before it affects your eligibility for Parenting Payment.
If your partner earns between $2,029.50 and $3,086.11 per fortnight you may be eligible for JobSeeker Payment (JSP). The partner income test threshold has temporarily increased from $48,100 per year to $80,238 per year for JSP only. This is to allow people to get support during the coronavirus pandemic. You may no longer be eligible for JSP when the threshold reduces.
Partner gets a Centrelink pension
We assess your and your partner’s combined gross income.
To get the full payment you and your partner must earn less than $212 combined each fortnight. This doesn’t include money your partner gets from their pension.
You can get a part payment if you and your partner earn less than $1,991.00 combined each fortnight.
|Combined gross income each fortnight||Parenting Payment rate|
|Up to $212||$518.70 or $621.50 if you’re separated due to illness, respite care or prison.|
|Between $212 and $512||Your payment reduces by 25 cents for every dollar you and your partner earn over $212.|
|Over $512||Your payment reduces by $75 plus 30 cents for every dollar you and your partner earn over $512.|
Partner doesn't get a Centrelink pension
We assess your and your partner’s gross income separately.
You could get a part payment if you meet all of these conditions:
- you earn less than $995.50 each fortnight
- your partner earns less than $2,029.50 each fortnight
- your combined income is less than $2,160.50 each fortnight.
Your partner can earn up to $1,165 gross each fortnight before it affects your payment.
|Your gross income each fortnight||Partner's gross income each fortnight||Parenting Payment rate|
|No more than $106||No more than $1,165||You’ll get either of the following:
|No more than $106||More than $1,165||Your payment reduces by 60 cents for every dollar your partner earns over $1,165.|
|Between $106 and $256||No more than $1,165||Your payment reduces by 50 cents for every dollar you earn over $106.|
|Between $106 and $256||More than $1,165||Your payment is reduced by 50 cents for every dollar you earn over $106 and 60 cents for every dollar your partner earns over $1,165.|
|More than $256||No more than $1,165||Your payment reduces by $75 plus 60 cents for every dollar you earn over $256.|
|More than $256||More than $1,165||
Your payment reduces by $75 plus 60 cents for every dollar:
When your or your partner’s income changes you must tell us either:
- on your regular reporting day when you’re scheduled to report your income
- within 14 days of the changes if you're not scheduled to report.
This is so we can pay you and your partner the right amount and to help you avoid a debt. You need to tell us about the change before your next payment.
You will not be eligible for payment if your assets are over the allowable limit.
We’ll still require details of your and your partner’s financial assets for the purpose of deeming.
Deeming is a set of rules used to work out the income we assess from your financial assets. We include deemed income in the income test.
Use your online account to update your assets, so we can pay you the right amount.
Some items and property can affect your Parenting Payment if you or your partner:
- own in full
- own in part
- have an interest in.
This includes assets overseas.
Read more about assets.
Page last updated: 15 October 2020
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