Principal carer rules
To get Parenting Payment you must be the principal carer of a child.
The child must be either younger than:
- 8 if you’re single
- 6 if you have a partner.
You’re considered the principal carer of a child if you have the most amount of responsibility for all of their:
- day to day care
If you share care of a child, only 1 person at a time can be their principal carer. Often, this is the person with the greater amount of day to day care, such as a parent or guardian. If 2 people have equal care, they need to nominate who the principal carer is.
Page last updated: 8 November 2018
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