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.

Once you’ve completed your claim check your Centrelink online account through myGov. It will tell you all of the following:

  • when we’ve accepted your claim
  • when your payment will start.

You may need to start reporting before we can make your first payment.

Why you may have to wait

Some people will have a one week ordinary waiting period. In some circumstances, you may have to wait longer.

You got a lump sum payment when you finished work

You may have to wait if your employer paid you a lump sum such as annual leave or redundancy when you left. The waiting period is relative to the lump sum payment. Read more about income maintenance periods.

You left your job voluntarily or lost it due to misconduct

If you chose to leave your job or you lost it due to misconduct, you may have to wait depending on the circumstances.

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You recently finished seasonal work

You may have to wait if you or your partner finished seasonal, contract or intermittent work in the 6 months before claiming.

The time you need to wait depends on how much you earned and how long you were working. Read about the seasonal work preclusion period.

You’re new to Australia

If you’ve recently arrived in Australia as a resident, you may have to wait up to 4 years to qualify. Read about the newly arrived resident’s waiting period.

You’ve had a compensation payment

If you’ve had a lump sum compensation payment, you may have to wait a period relative to your lump sum payment. Use our estimator or contact us for information about your compensation preclusion period.

Next: How to claim

Complete the following steps to claim Parenting Payment.

Page last updated: 20 October 2021