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The main income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer.
- 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
Eligibility & payment rates
Who can get it
You must meet certain criteria to get 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 an Australian resident and in Australia.
Income and assets tests
Your and your partner’s income and assets must be below the limits for Parenting Payment. The amount you get depends on your and your partner’s income and assets.
How much you can get
How much Parenting Payment you can get depends on your family situation.
You may have to wait before your payments start.
Check if you meet all the rules before you start your claim.
- find out what you need before you start your claim
- fill in your claim form
- submit the form and other documents we ask for
- wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result
You can’t claim Parenting Payment before the birth of your child.
Managing your payment
Mutual obligation requirements
If you’re single, when your youngest child turns 6 you’ll have to meet part time requirements to keep getting your payment.
Not meeting mutual obligation requirements
Not meeting your mutual obligation requirements as a job seeker can affect your Centrelink Payment.
Change of circumstances
We need to know about changes to your or your partner’s situation. If you don’t tell us when these changes happen, you may get a debt you’ll have to pay back.
Verify your relationship status - single parents
If you’re a single parent on Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance with dependent children, we’ll write to you and ask you to verify your relationship status.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance payment. You pay it back later out of your payments from us.
If you travel outside Australia
We may continue to pay Parenting Payment if you leave Australia for a short time. You must keep meeting Parenting Payment rules at all times.
Weekly payment option
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
When you reach age pension age
If you’re getting Parenting Payment and reach age pension age, you can transfer to Age Pension.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
jobactive - helping you get work
ParentsNext - helps you with study and work goals
ParentsNext connects you to local support services to help you with your study and work goals. ParentsNext is available in 10 local government areas.
Read more about ParentsNext.
Improve your skills for education and employment
The Skills for Education and Employment program may help you improve your speaking, reading, writing or maths.
Read about Skills for Education and Employment
Help to find jobs in remote areas
If you live in a remote area the Community Development Programme can help you contribute to your community and gain skills and training while you look for work.
Read more about the Community Development Programme on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.
Payment and Service Finder
Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently receive from us.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage your money
Regular deductions using Centrepay
You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.
Read more about how Centrepay works
Green Army Programme
Provides training and work experience in environment and heritage conservation for young Australians while generating environmental benefits.