Parenting Payment

Principal carer rules

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

The child must be either younger than:

  • 8 if you’re single
  • 6 if you have a partner.

You’re considered the principal carer of a child if you have the most amount of responsibility for all of their:

  • day to day care
  • welfare
  • development.

If you share care of a child, only 1 person at a time can be their principal carer. Often, this is the person with the greater amount of day to day care, such as a parent or guardian. If 2 people have equal care, they need to nominate who the principal carer is.

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Page last updated: 8 November 2018