Who can get it
You must meet certain criteria to get Parenting Payment.
To get this payment, you must do all of the following:
- meet principal carer rules for a child under 8 if you’re single or under 6 if you’re partnered
- meet residence rules
- not have claimed before the birth of the child
- meet the assets test and be under the income limits.
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 agree 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: 19 October 2021
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