You must meet certain criteria to get Parenting Payment.
You must meet the following to get Parenting Payment:
You may need to:
- meet mutual obligation requirements, and
- agree to a job plan
A principal carer is someone responsible for the day to day care, welfare and development of a child.
To get Parenting Payment you must be the principal carer of a child:
- younger than 8 if you’re single, or
- younger than 6 if you have a partner
If you share care, only one person at a time can be the principal carer of a child. This is generally the person who gives the greater amount of day to day care, such as a parent or guardian. If 2 people have equal care, either may nominate as the principal carer.