Parenting Payment if you travel outside Australia

We may pay Parenting Payment if you leave Australia for a short time. You must keep meeting Parenting Payment rules at all times.

When we can pay you

We can pay you for the first 6 weeks, if you or your children leave Australia temporarily.

We can pay you for more than 6 weeks if:

International social security agreements

Australia has an international social security agreement with some countries. If you travel to a country with an agreement that covers Parenting Payment Single, we may pay you indefinitely.

You have to be a widow to get this payment under an agreement. Some agreements have other rules that you’ll also need to meet.

When we can’t pay you

Parenting Payment will stop if you or your children:

  • leave Australia to live in another country
  • leave Australia for more than 6 weeks, return home, but then leave again within 6 weeks

When to tell us about your travel

You must tell us if you or your children:

  • are going to live in another country
  • are leaving Australia for more than 6 weeks
  • had your payment stopped by us during your last overseas trip and you've been back in Australia for less than 6 weeks

You must also tell us if you’re travelling and:

Otherwise you don’t need to tell us about your travel.

How to tell us about your travel plans

The easiest way is using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

Learn how to register for an online account if you don’t already have one.

If you can’t use an online account, tell us your travel plans by:

Parenting Payment rate while overseas

Parenting Payment and Pension Supplement rates generally don't change if you leave Australia for less than 6 weeks.

If you’re eligible for more than 6 weeks of payment, your rate will change:

  • after 6 weeks if you're going temporarily
  • on departure from Australia if you're leaving to live in another country

This means you’ll get your pension at an outside Australia rate.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

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Page last updated: 9 June 2017

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