Income and assets tests
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 our 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.
If you're single
You can get a part payment if you earn less than $2,158.85 gross income a fortnight. The cut off point increases by $24.60 per child if you have more than 1 child. It can also increase if you get Pharmaceutical Allowance.
The most gross income you can earn before we reduce your payment depends on how many children you have.
|Number of children||Most gross income you can earn a fortnight to get the full payment|
|More than 3||$237.80 plus $24.60 for each extra child|
Your payment will reduce by 40 cents for every dollar you earn over this amount.
If you have a partner
Partner gets a Centrelink pension
We assess your and your partner’s combined gross income.
To get the full payment you and your partner must earn less than $208 combined each fortnight.
You can get a part payment if you and your partner earn less than $1,956.68 combined each fortnight.
|Combined gross income each fortnight||Parenting Payment rate|
|No more than $208||$501.70 or $601.10 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|
Partner doesn't get a Centrelink pension
We assess your and your partner’s gross income separately.
You could get a part payment if you meet all of these conditions:
- you earn less than $978.34 each fortnight
- your partner earns less than $1,828.33 each fortnight
- your combined income is less than $1,957.34 each fortnight.
|Your gross income each fortnight||Partner's gross income each fortnight||Parenting Payment rate|
|No more than $104||No more than $979||$496.70 or $595.10 if you’re separated due to illness, respite care or prison|
|No more than $104||More than $979||60 cents less for every dollar your partner earns over $979|
|Between $104 and $254||No more than $979||50 cents less for every dollar you earn over $104|
|Between $104 and $254||More than $979||50 cents less for every dollar you earn over $104 and 60 cents less for every dollar your partner earns over $979|
|More than $254||No more than $979||$75 less and 60 cents less for every dollar you earn over $254|
|More than $254||More than $979||
$75 less and 60 cents less for both every dollar:
Tell us when your or your partner’s income changes
When your or your partner’s income changes you must tell us either:
- on your regular reporting day when you’re scheduled to report your income
- within 14 days of the changes if you're not scheduled to report.
This is so we can pay you and your partner the right amount and to stop you getting a debt. You need to tell us about the change before your next payment.
Read more about how you report income.
Items and property you or your partner own in full or in part can affect your Parenting Payment. This includes assets overseas.
Read more about assets.
Assets are too high
We have asset hardship provisions to help, if both of these apply:
- your assets are too high to get Parenting Payment
- you don’t have enough money to live on.
Read more about asset hardship provisions.
Page last updated: 20 March 2019
This information was printed 22 July 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/parenting-payment/how-much-you-can-get/income-and-assets-tests. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.