Parenting Payment

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.

Income test

If you're single

You can get a part payment if you earn less than $2,139.85 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
1 $188.60
2 $213.20
3 $237.80
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 $1,940 combined each fortnight.

Combined gross income each fortnight Parenting Payment rate
No more than $208 $496.70 or $595.10 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 $970 each fortnight
  • your partner earns less than $1,811 each fortnight
  • your combined income is less than $1,940 each fortnight.

If your partner gets Austudy or Youth Allowance the income limit each fortnight is different.

Your gross income each fortnight Partner's gross income each fortnight Parenting Payment rate
No more than $104 No more than $970 $496.70 or $595.10 if you’re separated due to illness, respite care or prison
No more than $104 More than $970 60 cents less for every dollar your partner earns over $970
Between $104 and $254 No more than $970 50 cents less for every dollar you earn over $104
Between $104 and $254 More than $970 50 cents less for every dollar you earn over $104 and 60 cents less for every dollar your partner earns over $970
More than $254 No more than $970 $75 less and 60 cents less for every dollar you earn over $254
More than $254 More than $970

$75 less and 60 cents less for both every dollar:

  • you earn over $254
  • your partner earns over $970.

Tell us when your or your partner’s income changes

When your or your partner’s income changes you must tell us either:

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.

Assets test

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: 14 November 2018