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 waived some waiting periods due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 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.
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.
We use the assets test to help us work out if you can be paid an allowance and how much you'll get.
On the day you claim Parenting Payment you must be an Australian resident, and in Australia.
How much Parenting Payment you can get depends on your and your partner’s circumstances.
Page last updated: 12 October 2020
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