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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:
Depending on your circumstances, you may need to meet either:
- mutual obligation requirements
- participation requirements.
Mutual obligation requirements
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.
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.
You can report your income in any of these ways, by:
- using your Centrelink online account through myGov
- using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
- calling 133 276 (13 EARN).
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.
If you get Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Subsidy you may also need to update your family income estimate.
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.
You can tell us using either:
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.