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The Australian Government offers many different kinds of parenting payments and Centrelink payments. Depending on your situation, your family might be able to get financial help with the costs of parenting and raising children.

Overview of Australian Government parenting payments

Coming to grips with the different benefits and options available for families can be a bit difficult. As your circumstances change, so do the benefits and taxes that apply – and every year the Government passes new laws on these payments.

Here is a basic guide to what’s available.

Income tested means that the amount you can get (if any) is based on your family’s income or your individual income (what you or your family earn).

Assets tested means that the amount you can get (if any) is based on your family’s assets (what you own). The family home isn’t included, but almost everything else is.

Changes in payment
can happen for all the payments below. It can happen when:

  • your circumstances change
  • the payment rate changes (usually due to indexation).

Types of parenting payments

Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme
This payment is for families of students under 16 years who can’t go to an appropriate government school on a daily basis because of geographic isolation. Types of assistance are:

  • Boarding Allowance
  • Second Home Allowance
  • Distance Education Allowance
  • Pensioner Education Supplement.

This payment is not income tested and not assets tested, with the exception of the additional component of the Boarding Allowance.

Carer Allowance
This payment is for people who care for a child with disability at home. This payment not income tested and not assets tested.

Child Care Benefit
This payment is for all parents and carers. This payment is income tested, but it is not assets tested.

Child Care Rebate
This payment is for all parents and carers. This payment is not income tested and not assets tested.

Dad and Partner Pay
This payment is for eligible working dads or partners, including same-sex partners. This payment is income tested (individual income), but it is not assets tested.

Double Orphan Pension
This payment is for people whose child’s parents or adoptive parents have both died, or one of the child’s parents is dead and the other parent can’t parent at that time. See Centrelink website for other possible eligibilities. This payment is not income tested and not assets tested.

Family Tax Benefit (Part A)
This payment is for all parents and carers. This payment is income tested, but it is not assets tested.

Family Tax Benefit (Part B)
This payment is for all single-parent parents and carers (single-income families). This payment is income tested, but it is not assets tested.

Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement
This payment is for parents and carers who are eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A. This payment is income tested, but it is not assets tested.

Parental Leave Pay
This payment is for eligible working parents (usually birth mothers) of newborn or recently adopted children. This payment is income tested (individual income), but it is not assets tested.

Parenting Payment
This payment is for low-income parents and carers. This payment is income tested and assets tested.

Example of payments

In 2015, a single mother with:

  • no income
  • no assets
  • dependent children

... was eligible for:

  • Child Care Benefit, if using approved or registered care
  • Family Tax Benefit (A and B)
  • Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement
  • Parenting Payment.

Depending on other circumstances, she might have also been eligible for payments such as Rent Assistance.

Other information and services for families

Where to learn more

For up-to-date information about your specific situation, contact the Department of Human Services, visit your nearest Centrelink office or use the Centrelink Rate Estimator to estimate all Centrelink, Family Assistance and Child Care Benefit payments online.

 
 
 
  • Last updated or reviewed 20-07-2015