Income and assets tests for Parenting Payment

Your and your partner’s income and assets must be below the limits for Parenting Payment. The amount you get depends on your and your partner’s income and assets.

Use the online Payment and Service Finder to see how much Parenting Payment you could get.

We update the tests on 20 March, 1 July and 20 September each year.

Income test

If you're a single parent

The most you can earn before we reduce your payment depends on how many children you have.

If you have To get full payment, the most gross income you can earn each fortnight is
1 child $188.60
2 children $213.20
3 children $237.80
more than 3 children $237.80 plus $24.60 for each extra child

Your payment will reduce by 40 cents for every dollar you earn over this amount.

You can get a part payment if you earn less than $2,100.10 gross income a fortnight. The cutoff point is more if you have more than 1 child or get Pharmaceutical Allowance.

If you have a partner

Partner gets a Centrelink pension

You and your partner must earn less than $208 combined each fortnight to get the full payment.

If your combined gross income each fortnight is Your payment rate is
no more than $208 $486.50 or $582.80 if you’re separated due to illness, respite care or prison
between $208 and $508 25 cents less for every dollar you and your partner earn over $208
more than $508 $75 less and 30 cents less for every dollar you earn over $508

You can get a part payment if you and your partner earn less than $1,906 combined each fortnight.

Partner doesn't get a Centrelink pension

We assess your income and your partner’s income separately.

If your gross income per fortnight is And your partner's gross income per fortnight is Your payment rate is
no more than $104 no more than $953 $486.50 or $582.80 if you’re separated due to illness, respite care or prison
no more than $104 more than $953 60 cents less for every dollar your partner earns over $953
between $104 and $254 no more than $953 50 cents less for every dollar you earn over $104
between $104 and $254 more than $953 50 cents less for every dollar you earn over $104 and 60 cents less for every dollar your partner earns over $953
more than $254 no more than $953 $75 less and 60 cents less for every dollar you earn over $254
more than $254 more than $953 $75 less and 60 cents less for every dollar you earn over $254 and 60 cents less for every dollar your partner earns over $953

You could get a part payment if you meet all three conditions below:

  • you earn less than $953 each fortnight, and
  • your partner earns less than $1,777 each fortnight, and
  • your combined income is less than $1,906 each fortnight

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

Assets test

Items and property you or your partner own in full or in part can affect payments. This includes assets overseas.

Read more about assets.

Assets are too high

Your assets might stop you from getting a payment. If so, and you don’t have enough money to live on, you can apply for a payment under our asset hardship provisions.

Read more about asset hardship provisions.

Page last updated: 17 October 2017