A regular payment to help with the cost of raising children.
You must have income and assets below the limits and either:
- be single and have a child in your care younger than 8, or
- have a partner and a child in your care younger than 6
Eligibility & payment rates
You must meet the following rules to get Parenting Payment.
Principal carer rules
You must be the principal carer of a child.
If you're single, you must care for at least 1 child younger than 8.
If you have a partner, you must care for at least 1 child younger than 6.
You must meet the residence rules.
Income and assets rules
You and your partner’s income and assets must be below the limits for Parenting Payment.
You may need to:
- meet mutual obligation requirements
- agree to have a job plan
Read more about mutual obligation requirements and exemptions for principal carers.
Your payment rate will depend on your family situation. We update rates on 20 March and 20 September each year. The table is a guide only.
|If you're||the most you can get each fortnight is|
|single||$748.10 including the Pension Supplement|
|in a couple||$483.60|
|in a couple, separated due to illness, respite care or prison||$579.30|
The amount of Parenting Payment you get depends on you and your partner’s income and assets.
To be eligible for Parenting Payment you must satisfy residency requirements. You must be an Australian resident and:
- have been an Australian resident for a period, or periods, that total 104 weeks, or
- be exempt from this requirement, for example, if you're a refugee or have become a lone parent during your most recent period of Australian residency
You must also:
- meet residency requirements on the day you submit your claim - generally you'll need to be physically present in Australia on the day you submit your claim, and
- continue to meet the residency requirements for as long as you get this payment
If you have lived or worked in a country with which Australia has an international social security agreement, it may help you meet these residency requirements.
Check if you're eligible before you start your claim.
- find out what you need before you start your claim
- fill in your claim form
- submit the form and other documents we ask for
- wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result
Managing your payment
If you’re single, your Parenting Payment will stop once your youngest child turns 8 years old. When your youngest child turns 6, to keep getting your payment you’ll have to meet part time mutual obligation requirements.
They focus on getting you job ready as part of a job plan. You may need to look for work, work part time, study or take part in an approved activity. You must attend any appointments we make.
Read more about Mutual Obligation Requirements.
Support is available if you want to return to work before your youngest child turns 6 years old. Contact an employment services provider through the jobactive website.
Your income support payment may be affected if you don’t meet your Mutual Obligation Requirements as a job seeker.
We need to know about changes that could reduce or stop your payment. If you don’t tell us when these changes happen, you may be doing the wrong thing.
You may be eligible to receive part of your income support payment in advance, depending on how long you have been getting it and the amount that you get.
To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Parenting Payment.
In certain circumstances you may be eligible to get your income support payment weekly, instead of fortnightly.
How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn each fortnight so you're paid the right amount.
If you’re getting Parenting Payment and reach age pension age, you can transfer to Age Pension.
The Australian government is trialling a new way of delivering welfare payments in some areas using a cashless debit card.
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
If you have any questions, speak to your jobactive provider.
Read more about jobactive on the Department of Employment website or call their National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260.
ParentsNext connects you to local support services to help you with your study and work goals. ParentsNext is available in 10 local government areas.
A program to improve your speaking, reading, writing or basic maths skills is available to help you get and keep a job.
Read more about Skills for Education and Employment.
If you are a job seeker living in a remote area of Australia, you can help your community and gain skills while looking for local work through the Community Development Programme.
Read more about the Community Development Programme.
Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage your money.
- Centrelink online accounts
- Clean Energy Advance
- Dad and Partner Pay
- Education Entry Payment
- Energy Supplement
- Health Care Card
- Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance
- Mobility Allowance
- Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement
- Pension Supplement
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Pensioner Education Supplement
- Pharmaceutical Allowance
- Rent Deduction Scheme
- Schoolkids Bonus
- Skills for Education and Employment
- Telephone Allowance
- Parental Leave Pay