Parenting Payment

The main income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer.

Eligibility basics

  • have income under the limits
  • meet principal carer rules and care for a child under 8 if you’re single or under 6 if you’re partnered
  • meet residence rules
  • can’t claim before the birth of a child
ParentsNext rolled out nationally on 1 July 2018. Read more about new requirements if you get Parenting Payment.

Page last updated: 29 August 2018