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We have information in different languages about What your commitments are
For Centrelink payments and services, you can call our multilingual phone service.
While getting Parenting Payment you need to do all of the following:
- report your and your partner’s income
- tell us about changes to your circumstances.
Depending on your circumstances, you may need to meet either:
- mutual obligation requirements
- participation 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.
You can also report your income by:
- using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
- calling the Centrelink reporting line.
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.
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.
You have participation requirements if you’re a compulsory ParentsNext participant. We’ll tell you if you need to take part in ParentsNext. Read what your commitments are if you’re a ParentsNext participant.
Mutual obligation requirements are tasks and activities you agree to do while getting certain payments from us. Penalties may apply if you don’t meet them.
To keep getting your payment, you may need to do certain tasks and activities.
If you get Parenting Payment and can’t work or study for a short time you may need to give us a medical certificate.
Job seekers and ParentsNext participants could get demerits and financial penalties for not meeting mutual obligation or participation requirements.
ParentsNext connects you to local support services to help you with your study and work goals.
We need to know about changes to your or your partner’s situation. If you don’t tell us when these changes happen, you may get a debt you’ll have to pay back.
How much you or your partner get paid affects your payment. We need to know what you both get paid so we can pay you the right amount.