Parenting payments administered by Centrelink provide income support payments to the low-income Principal Carer of a child under 6, or in the case of single parents, under 8.
Basic requirements for payment eligibility include:
An ordinary waiting period for residents is 1 week, subject to exemptions.
New Residents Waiting Period
From 1 January 2019 the waiting period for newly arrived residents to receive a range of benefits has been extended. The new waiting periods will apply generally to visas granted on or after 1 January 2019.
Examples of adjusted waiting periods include:
|Benefit||Visa on or after 1 Jan 2019||Before 1 Jan 2019|
|Commonwealth Seniors Health Card||waiting period 4 years||2 years|
|Low Income Health Care Card||4 years||2 years|
|Parenting Payments||4 years||2 years|
|Carer Payments||2 years||2 years|
|Dad and Partner Pay||2 years||no waiting period|
|Parental Leave Pay||2 years||no waiting period|
|Family Tax Benefit Part A||1 year||no waiting period|
|Family Tax Benefit Part B||no waiting period||no waiting period|
Additional Requirements – ParentsNext program
Parents of a child under 6 receiving the Parenting payment for at least 6 months and with no work income in that period, may be requested to participate in the ParentsNext program.
The program is designed to encourage planning around education and work-force participation goals, and to connect with community services and activities.
The program is delivered through a national network of Government-approved service providers.
For those assessed to be in a more disadvantaged category, participation is compulsory.
This page was last modified 2019-01-03