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.

Not meeting mutual obligation requirements

Not meeting your mutual obligation requirements as a job seeker can affect your Centrelink 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.

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.

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.

Weekly payment option

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

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.

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: 12 May 2018