What your commitments are
There are some things you must do to keep getting your Parenting Payment.
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While getting Parenting Payment you need to do all the following:
- tell us about changes to your circumstances
- report your income
- confirm or update your and your partner’s current earnings.
Depending on your circumstances, you may need to either:
- meet mutual obligation requirements
- participate in ParentsNext.
This may apply even if you’re getting both JobKeeper Payment and Parenting Payment.
Mutual obligation requirements
If you live in a bushfire affected area of Western Australia
Mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants are temporarily paused from Tuesday 9 February to Tuesday 2 March 2021. This applies if you live in 1 of the following:
- City of Swan
- Shire of Mundaring
- Shire of Chittering
- City of Northam.
These arrangements apply if you’re in 1 of the following:
- Online Employment Services
- Disability Employment Services
- ParentsNext as a compulsory participant.
If you don’t meet your requirements during this period, no payment suspensions or financial penalties will apply.
You can read more about the temporary pause on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
If you live in NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD, NT, TAS, SA or non-bushfire affected areas of WA
Mutual obligation requirements are tasks and activities you agree to do while getting Parenting Payment from us. They’ll apply to you when your youngest child turns 6 or if you’re a compulsory ParentsNext participant.
You must meet all of your mutual obligation requirements.
This means doing the tasks and activities in your Job Plan. Suspensions and penalties apply if you don’t.
If you’re in online employment services, you need to do the tasks on your dashboard.
You must attend all appointments with your provider. You may be able to do this in any of the following ways:
- over the phone
- in person, if safe to do so.
You can opt-in to get face to face services by contacting your provider. If you do, you’ll go to appointments and activities in person, if it’s safe to do so.
If you don’t want face to face servicing, you may be able to do these over the phone or online.
Read about mutual obligation requirements.
When penalties apply
This applies to you if you’re with 1 of these:
If you’re in the Community Development Program, the penalties are different.
When exemptions apply
You may be exempt from mutual obligation requirements in certain circumstances. This includes if you’re either:
- impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)
- a sole trader or self employed.
Read about what exemptions may apply.
Report employment income
If you get an income support payment from us, you must report any income you and your partner get. This includes JobKeeper Payment. You may need to report every 2 weeks, even if it’s $0. This is so we pay you the right amount.
Before you get your first payment, you may need to report your and your partner’s income.
You can report your income in any of these ways, by:
- using your Centrelink online account through myGov
- using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
- calling 133 276 (13 EARN).
You can check your reporting dates through your Centrelink online account.
When you report your income each fortnight, you may need to confirm you’re meeting your mutual obligation requirements.
Change of circumstances
You must tell us if things change as it may affect your Parenting Payment.
Read about what you need to tell us.
Mutual obligation requirements are tasks and activities you agree to do while getting certain payments from us. Penalties apply if you don’t meet them.
ParentsNext connects you to local support services to help you with your study and work goals.
We need to know about changes to your or your partner’s situation. If you don’t tell us when these changes happen, you may get a debt you’ll have to pay back.
If you’re a member of a couple, it can affect what payments you can get and your payment rate.
If we need you to confirm your and your partner’s employment income, we’ll send a letter to your myGov Inbox.
How much you or your partner get paid affects your payment. We need to know what you both get paid so we can pay you the right amount.
Your options for Parenting Payment.
Page last updated: 24 February 2021
This information was printed 25 February 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/parenting-payment/what-your-commitments-are. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.