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:
- income and asset tests
- Australian residency for 2 yrs with limited exceptions
- Waiting period, according to circumstances
Additional Requirements – ParentsNext program
From 1 July 2018 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 (non-remote) network of Government-approved service providers.
For those assessed to be in a more disadvantaged category, participation is compulsory.
- Fact Sheet
- Department of Jobs and Small Business
- Centrelink News – New requirements if you get Parenting Payment
This page was last modified 2018-07-05