Parenting Payment

Waiting periods

You may have to wait before your Parenting Payment starts.

How long you have to wait depends on if:

  • you had a payout from your employer
  • you’ve done seasonal work
  • your payment was cancelled for not meeting your requirements.

Ordinary waiting period

You may need to wait 1 week before your Parenting Payment starts. We call this an ordinary waiting period.

Read more about the ordinary waiting period.

Other waiting periods

Income maintenance period

You may have to wait if you got a payout from your employer when your job ended. This includes any payments of:

  • sick leave
  • annual leave
  • termination of employment
  • redundancy.

Read more about the income maintenance period.

Seasonal work preclusion period

You may need to wait if you or your partner finished seasonal work within 6 months of submitting your claim. This includes contract or intermittent work too.

Read more about the seasonal work preclusion period.

Cancellation non-payment period

You may need to wait if your payment was cancelled for not meeting your requirements. We call this a cancellation non-payment period.

This applies if you didn’t meet your requirements when you needed to take part in either:

Read more about what you need to do if your payment is cancelled for not meeting requirements.

Appeal a waiting period decision

You have the right to appeal if you think we got your waiting period wrong.

Read about reviews and appeals.

Page last updated: 8 November 2018