Who can get it

You must meet certain criteria to get Parenting Payment.

You must meet all of the following:

Keep in mind, we’ve temporarily removed the Assets test due to coronavirus (COVID-19) from 23 March 2020 until 24 September 2020. From 25 September 2020 you won’t be eligible for payment if your assets are over the allowable limit. We’ve also waived some waiting periods. Read more about upcoming changes during COVID-19.

You can’t claim Parenting Payment before the birth of a child.

If your youngest child is younger than 6

You may need to take part in ParentsNext. You may also need to do both of these:

  • agree to a participation plan
  • do the activities you’ve agreed to do.
Next: How much you can get

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

Page last updated: 2 September 2020