Parenting Payment

The main income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer.

To get this payment you must meet all of the following:

  • be under the income and asset test limits
  • meet principal carer rules
  • care 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.

Read the full conditions under who can get it.

Parenting Payment is a separate payment from Family Tax Benefit and Parental Leave Pay. There are also other payments for families you may be able to get.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021