Parenting Payment

The main income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer.

Eligibility basics

  • have income under the limits
  • meet principal carer rules and care for a child under 8 if you’re single or under 6 if you’re partnered
  • meet residence rules
  • can’t claim before the birth of a child
You may get a letter from us asking you to confirm some details. Read more about how to update or confirm your and your partner’s earnings

Page last updated: 12 May 2018