Income and assets tests
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.
Use our Payment and Service Finder to work out how much Parenting Payment you may get.
We review the limits on 20 March, 1 July and 20 September each year.
There are limits to the amount of income you can have. We assess how much income you have as part of the income test.
If you're single
You can have income up to the income limit before we reduce your payment. The limit depends on how many children you have.
|Number of children||Gross income limit per fortnight to get the full payment|
|More than 3||$243.80 plus $24.60 for each extra child.|
Your payment will reduce by 40 cents for every dollar of income you have over the gross income limit.
If your income is over the cut-off point of $2,395.35 gross a fortnight, we won’t pay you at all. The cut-off point increases by $24.60 per child if you have more than one child.
If you’re Age Pension age or older, the income limit may be different.
If you have a partner
Partner doesn’t get a Centrelink pension
Your partner either:
- gets a Centrelink payment that’s not a pension
- doesn’t get a payment from us.
We assess your and your partner’s gross income separately.
You could get a part payment if you meet all of these conditions:
- your income is less than $1,136.34 each fortnight
- your partner’s income is less than $2,105.67 each fortnight
- your combined income is less than $2,273.34 each fortnight.
Your partner can have income up to $1,137 gross each fortnight before it affects your payment.
|Your gross income each fortnight||Partner's gross income each fortnight||Parenting Payment rate|
|No more than $150||No more than $1,137||You’ll get either of the following:
|No more than $150||More than $1,137||Your payment reduces by 60 cents for every dollar of income your partner has over $1,137.|
|Between $150 and $256||No more than $1,137||Your payment reduces by 50 cents for every dollar of income you have over $150.|
|Between $150 and $256||More than $1,137||Your payment is reduced by 50 cents for every dollar of income you have over $150 and 60 cents for every dollar of income your partner has over $1,137.|
|More than $256||No more than $1,137||Your payment reduces by $53 plus 60 cents for every dollar of income you have over $256.|
|More than $256||More than $1,137||Your payment reduces by $53 plus 60 cents for every dollar of income:
Partner gets a Centrelink pension
A Centrelink pension is Age Pension, Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment.
We assess your and your partner’s combined gross income.
To get the full payment you and your partner must have a combined income of less than $300 each fortnight. This doesn’t include money your partner gets from their pension.
You can get a part payment if you and your partner have a gross income of less than $2,272.68 combined each fortnight.
|Combined gross income each fortnight||Parenting Payment rate|
|Up to $300||$573.30 or $676.80 if you’re separated due to illness, respite care or prison.|
|Between $300 and $512||Your payment reduces by 25 cents for every dollar of income you and your partner have over $300.|
|Over $512||Your payment reduces by $53 plus 30 cents for every dollar of income you and your partner have over $512.|
When your or your partner’s income changes, you need to tell us before your next payment. You must tell us either:
- on your regular reporting day when you’re scheduled to report your income
- within 14 days of the changes if you're not scheduled to report.
This is so we can pay you and your partner the right amount and to help you avoid a debt.
There are limits to how much your assets can be worth. You won't be eligible for payment if your assets are over the asset test limit.
Some items and property can affect your Parenting Payment. Your assets include items and property you or your partner own in full or part, or you have an interest in. This includes any debts owed to you and assets overseas.
Your limits are higher if you get Rent Assistance with your allowance.
Your payment will cancel when your assets are more than the following amounts. The income limit still applies.
|A couple, combined||$405,000||$621,500|
|A couple, one partner eligible, combined||$405,000||$621,500|
Read more about asset types.
Page last updated: 20 September 2021
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