How to Get Your Parenting Payment Partnered Claim?
If you are considering a parenting payment partnered claim, understanding the process is essential. The Australian government offers parenting payments to assist with the financial challenges of raising children in today's economy.
Parenting Payment: What Is It?

The Parenting Payment (PP) is a vital income support scheme in Australia, designed to aid principal carers financially. Introduced on 20 March 1998, it amalgamated the former sole parent pension and parenting allowance. PP is available to both single and partnered parents, though it is only payable to one person at a time.
There are two categories of PP:
  • PPS (Parenting Payment Single)

    for single parents with a youngest child aged less than 14 years old.
  • PPP (Parenting Payment Partnered)

    for partnered parents with a youngest child aged less than 6 years old.
PP is typically paid fortnightly, and recipients may also receive supplementary assistance such as Family Tax Benefit, child care subsidy, rent assistance, and pharmaceutical allowance. The amount one receives depends on their and their partner's circumstances, subject to income and asset test limits.

Understanding Parenting Payment Partnered Claim

A Parenting Payment Partnered claim is specifically for partnered parents in Australia who are the principal carer of a child under six years old. It is a fortnightly payment aimed at alleviating the costs associated with raising a child.
Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the payment, applicants must:
  • Meet income and asset test limits.
  • Fulfill the principal carer rules for a child under 6.
  • Abide by residence rules.
  • Ensure their partner is not currently receiving a parenting payment.
Principal Carer Rules

Being the primary caregiver of a child under 6 is a crucial aspect of qualifying for the parenting payment partnered claim. The primary carer is the individual with the most responsibility for the child's day-to-day care, welfare, and development.
Residence Rules

Applicants must be living in Australia, physically present in the country, and Australian residents to be eligible for the payment continuously.
Income Test

The amount of parenting payment partnered claim one receives is influenced by both their and their partner's income. Services Australia provides detailed tables outlining payment rates based on various income scenarios.
Assets Test

Assets, including property and debts, are also considered in determining eligibility for the claim. Specific limits apply, and exceeding these limits may affect one's eligibility.
Consultation and Assistance

Navigating the complexities of parenting payments can be daunting. If you're unsure about your eligibility or facing challenges in the process, seeking legal guidance is advisable. At Genuine Legal, our experienced family lawyers can provide the support you need to secure a fair and sustainable parenting payment arrangement.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and ensure your family's financial well-being.
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