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To get this payment, you must do all of the following:
- meet principal carer rules 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
- meet the assets test and be under the income limits.
You can’t claim Parenting Payment before the birth of a child. Only one parent or guardian can be paid Parenting Payment.
Parental Leave Pay is different to Parenting Payment. There are also other payments for families you may be able to get.
You may not be eligible if you get certain payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). Read more about getting a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) payment.
If your youngest child is younger than 6
You may need to take part in ParentsNext. You may also need to do both of these:
- agree to a participation plan
- do the activities you agree to do.
Financial support when your Disaster Recovery Allowance ends
You can claim an income support payment from us when your Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) or New Zealand DRA ends.
If you’ve lost your job you may be able to claim Parenting Payment.
You must meet the income and assets tests to get Parenting Payment. The amount you get depends on your income and assets.
We use the assets test to help us work out if you can be paid an allowance and how much you'll get.
To get Parenting Payment you must be the main carer of a young child or children.
Find out if you or your partner getting a DVA payment could affect your eligibility for a payment from us.