Parenting Payment

Managing your payment

Your options and obligations for Parenting Payment.

In this section

Mutual obligation requirements

If you’re single, when your youngest child turns 6 you’ll have to meet part time requirements to keep getting your payment.

Change of circumstances

We need to know about changes to your or your partner’s situation. If you don’t tell us when these changes happen, you may get a debt you’ll have to pay back.

Verify your relationship status - single parents

If you’re a single parent on Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance with dependent children, we’ll write to you and ask you to verify your relationship status.

Confirm or update your and your partner’s earnings

We regularly check your details to make sure you get the right payment amount.

Income reporting

How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn so we pay you the right amount.

If you travel outside Australia

We may continue to pay Parenting Payment if you leave Australia for a short time. You must keep meeting Parenting Payment rules at all times.

ParentsNext - helps you with study and work goals

ParentsNext connects you to local support services to help you with your study and work goals.

Advance payment

You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance payment. You pay it back later out of your payments from us.

Weekly payment option

Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.

When you reach age pension age

If you’re getting Parenting Payment and reach age pension age, you can transfer to Age Pension.

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Page last updated: 19 July 2018