Who can get it
You must meet certain criteria to get Parenting Payment.
You must meet all of the following:
If your youngest child is 6 or older, you may also need to do both of these:
- meet mutual obligation requirements
- agree to a job plan.
If your youngest child is younger than 6, you may need to take part in ParentsNext. You’ll also need to do both of these:
- agree to a participation plan
- do the activities you’ve agreed to do.
You can’t claim Parenting Payment before the birth of a child.
To get Parenting Payment you must be the principal carer of a child.
On the day you claim Parenting Payment you must be an Australian resident, and in Australia.
You may have to wait before your Parenting Payment starts.
Information to help you make a choice between Veteran Payment and your income support payment.
Page last updated: 8 November 2018