Who can get it

You must meet certain criteria to get Parenting Payment.

To get this payment, you must do all of the following:

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

Parental Leave Pay is different to Parenting Payment. There are also other payments for families you may be able to get.

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 agree 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: 19 October 2021