Waiting periods

You may have to wait before your Parenting Payment starts.

How long you have to wait depends on if:

  • you had a payout from your employer
  • your payment was cancelled for not meeting your requirements.

Income maintenance period

You may have to wait if you got a payout from your employer when your job ended. This includes any payments of:

  • sick leave
  • annual leave
  • termination of employment
  • redundancy.

Read more about the income maintenance period.

Cancellation non-payment period

You may need to wait if your payment was cancelled for not meeting your requirements. We call this a cancellation non-payment period.

This applies if you didn’t meet your requirements when you needed to take part in either:

Read more about what you need to do if your payment is cancelled for not meeting requirements.

Appeal a waiting period decision

You have the right to appeal if you think we got your waiting period wrong.

Read about reviews and appeals.

Page last updated: 21 April 2020