Income and assets tests for Parenting Payment

The amount of Parenting Payment you get depends on the income and assets of both you and your partner, if you have one.

Use the online rate estimator to calculate the amount of Parenting Payment you may be eligible to receive.

The following income and assets tests are updated on 20 March, 1 July and 20 September each year.

Income test - single parents

To get the maximum payment, your gross income must be no more than $188.60, plus $24.60 for each additional child, per fortnight. Income over this amount reduces your payment by 40 cents in the dollar.

A part payment may be available if your gross income is less than $2,064.85 per fortnight or possibly a higher amount if you have more than 1 child or are eligible for Pharmaceutical Allowance.

Income test - partnered parents

Partner gets a payment

To get the maximum payment, you and your partner's combined gross income must be less than $208 per fortnight.

Your combined gross income reduces your payment by 25 cents for each dollar between $208 and $508, and by 30 cents for each dollar above $508 per fortnight.

To get a part payment, you and your partner's combined gross income must be less than $1,875.68 per fortnight.

Partner does not get a payment

Your and your partner’s gross income is considered separately when working out your payment amount when your partner doesn’t get a payment from us.

To get the maximum payment, your gross income must be no more than $104 per fortnight and your partner’s income must be no more than $938 per fortnight.

Your gross income reduces your payment by 50 cents for each dollar between $104 and $254, and by 60 cents for each dollar above $254 per fortnight.

Your payment reduces by 60 cents for each dollar your partner’s gross income is more than $938 per fortnight.

You may be eligible for a part payment if all of the following conditions are met:

  • your income is less than $937.84 per fortnight, and
  • your partner’s income is less than $1,746.83 per fortnight, and
  • your combined income is less than $1,875.84 per fortnight

These requirements are a guide only. Even if you meet the requirements you may not be eligible. Eligibility can only be confirmed following a full assessment of your and your partner’s income under the relevant income test.

Different limits apply if your partner receives Austudy or Youth Allowance.

Assets test

Property and items you or your partner own or have an interest in, including assets held outside Australia, can affect your payment.

Read more about assets

Asset hardship provisions

If you’re suffering hardship and your assets restrict your entitlement to a payment, you can apply to be paid under asset hardship provisions.

Read more about asset hardship provisions

Page last updated: 20 September 2016

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