Parenting Payment

Principal carer rules

To get Parenting Payment you must be the principal carer of a child.

To get Parenting Payment you must be the principal carer of a child:

  • younger than 8 if you’re single, or
  • younger than 6 if you have a partner

The carer with the most amount of responsibility for the day to day care, welfare and development of a child is considered to be the principal carer.

If you share care, only one person at a time can be the principal carer of a child. This is generally the person who gives the greater amount of day to day care, such as a parent or guardian. If two people have equal care, either may nominate as the principal carer.

Page last updated: 4 October 2018