What your commitments are

There are some things you must do to keep getting your Parenting Payment.

While getting Parenting Payment you need to do all of the following:

Depending on your circumstances, you may need to meet your mutual obligation requirements.

Report employment income

If you get an income support payment from us, you must report any income you and your partner have been paid. You need to report every 2 weeks, even if it’s $0. This is so we pay you the right amount.

Before you can get your first payment, you need to report your and your partner’s income.

If your Centrelink online account is linked to myGov, sign in now to report your income.

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You can also report your income by:

You can check your reporting dates through your Centrelink online account.

When you report your income each fortnight, you may need to confirm you’re meeting your mutual obligation requirements.

Read about income reporting and get help using our Centrelink online account guides.

If you want to report your partner’s income online, you’ll need permission to enquire or have a nominee arrangement.

If you get other family assistance from us

For Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Subsidy you need to update your family income estimate before the start of each financial year.

You’ll also need to update your estimate at any time during the financial year if your circumstances change.

This still applies even if you’ve been reporting your income every 2 weeks for any other payment you get from us.

Change of circumstances

You must tell us if things change as it may affect your Parenting Payment. Read about what you need to tell us.

If your Centrelink account is linked to myGov, sign in now to tell us about changes to your circumstances.

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You can also tell us using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

Mutual obligation requirements

Mutual obligation requirements are tasks and activities you agree to do to keep getting Parenting Payment. You’ll have mutual obligation requirements when your youngest child turns 6.

Page last updated: 15 January 2024.
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