# 5.2.4.50 Parenting payment & associated rates - July 1995 to present date

## Summary

This topic contains the following rates tables:

Table number Explanation
1 Parenting allowance (PgA) - July 1995 to March 1998
2 Pension PP (single) - March 1998 to present date
3 Benefit PP (partnered) & non-benefit PP (partnered) - March 1998 to June 2000
3A Benefit PP (partnered) - July 2000 to present date
4 Family bonus - April 1992
5 Maternity allowance - October 1912 to June 2000
6 Training allowance & living away from home allowance

It also contains historical information relating to family allowance for students.

## Table 1: Parenting allowance (PgA) - July 1995 to March 1998

This table shows the rates in dollars per fortnight (pf).

Date rate commenced Basic PgA (non-benefit) (\$ pf) Additional PgA (benefit) (\$ pf) Total PgA (benefit) (\$ pf)
01/07/1995 61.00 211.00 272.00
28/09/1995 62.80 217.40 280.20
28/03/1996 64.10 221.70 285.80
26/09/1996 64.80 224.10 288.90

## Table 2: Pension PP (single) (1.1.P.51) - March 1998 to present date

From 20 March 1998, sole parent pension became PPS.

This table shows the rates in dollars per fortnight (pf).

Date rate commenced Pension PPS (\$ pf)
20/03/1998 354.60
20/09/1998 357.30
20/03/1999 361.40
20/09/1999 366.50
20/03/2000 372.00
01/07/2000 386.90
20/09/2000 394.10
20/03/2001 402.00
20/09/2001 410.50
20/03/2002 421.80
20/09/2002 429.40
20/03/2003 440.30
20/09/2003 452.80
20/03/2004 464.20
20/09/2004 470.70
20/03/2005 476.30
20/09/2005 488.90
20/03/2006 499.70
20/09/2006 512.10
20/03/2007 525.10
20/09/2007 537.70
20/03/2008 546.80
20/09/2008 562.10
20/03/2009 569.80
20/09/2009 574.50
20/03/2010 601.30
20/09/2010 611.90
20/03/2011 625.90
20/09/2011 641.50
20/03/2012 648.50
20/09/2012 663.70
20/03/2013 683.50 Note A
20/09/2013 699.90 Note A
20/03/2014 713.20 Note A
20/09/2014 720.30 Note A
20/03/2015 725.40 Note A
20/09/2015 731.20 Note A
20/03/2016 737.10 Note A
20/09/2016 738.50 Note A
20/03/2017 748.10 Note A
20/09/2017 752.60 Note A
20/03/2018 762.40 Note A
20/09/2018 768.50 Note A
20/03/2019 776.10 Note A
20/09/2019 780.70 Note A
20/03/2020 790.10 Note A
20/09/2020 793.10 Note A
20/03/2021 800.20 Note A
01/04/2021 850.20 Note A & Note B
20/09/2021 862.10 Note A

### Notes for Table 2

Note Explanation
A An amount of ES may be payable in addition to this rate (see 5.1.10.20).
B On 1 April 2021, the MBRs of working age payments increased by \$50 per fortnight. This was given effect by the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.

## Table 3: Benefit PP (partnered) (1.1.P.50) & non-benefit PP (partnered) - March 1998 to June 2000

From 20 March 1998 total PgA became benefit PPP. Basic PgA became non-benefit PPP.

Date rate commenced Benefit PPP (\$) Non-benefit PPP (\$)
General rate Illness separated, respite care or partner imprisoned
20/03/1998 290.10 347.80 65.10
20/09/1998 291.80 349.90 65.50
20/03/1999 293.80 352.30 66.00
20/09/1999 294.70 353.40 66.20
20/03/2000 299.10 358.70 67.20

## Table 3A: Benefit PPP - July 2000 to present date

From 1 July 2000, non-benefit PPP was abolished.

This table shows the rates in dollars per fortnight (pf).

Date rate commenced Benefit PPP (\$ pf)
General rate Illness separated, respite care or partner imprisoned
01/07/2000 311.10 373.00
20/09/2000 316.40 379.30
20/03/2001 322.80 386.90
20/09/2001 328.90 394.30
20/03/2002 332.80 399.00
20/09/2002 338.10 405.40
20/03/2003 342.80 411.10
20/09/2003 347.30 416.40
20/03/2004 351.10 421.00
20/09/2004 356.00 426.90
20/03/2005 360.30 432.00
20/09/2005 365.00 437.60
20/03/2006 370.50 444.20
20/09/2006 379.80 455.30
20/03/2007 382.80 458.90
20/09/2007 387.80 464.90
20/03/2008 394.40 472.80
20/09/2008 405.40 486.00
20/03/2009 409.00 490.40
20/09/2009 411.50 493.30
20/03/2010 417.70 500.70
20/09/2010 424.00 508.20
20/03/2011 428.70 513.80
20/09/2011 439.40 526.60
20/03/2012 442.00 529.80
20/09/2012 444.70 533.00
20/03/2013 448.70 537.80 Note C
20/09/2013 452.30 542.10 Note C
20/03/2014 460.90 552.40 Note C
20/09/2014 465.50 557.90 Note C
20/03/2015 468.80 561.80 Note C
20/09/2015 472.60 566.30 Note C
20/03/2016 476.40 570.80 Note C
20/09/2016 477.40 571.90 Note C
20/03/2017 483.60 579.30 Note C
20/09/2017 486.50 582.80 Note C
20/03/2018 492.80 590.40 Note C
20/09/2018 496.70 595.10 Note C
20/03/2019 501.70 601.10 Note C
20/09/2019 504.70 604.70 Note C
20/03/2020 510.80 612.00 Note C
20/09/2020 510.80 612.00 Note C
20/03/2021 515.40 617.50 Note C
01/04/2021 565.40 667.50 Note C & Note D
20/09/2021 573.30 676.80 Note C

### Notes for Table 3A

Note Explanation
C An amount of ES may be payable in addition to this rate (see 5.1.10.20).
D On 1 April 2021, the MBRs of working age payments increased by \$50 per fortnight. This was given effect by the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.

## Table 4: Family bonus - April 1992

In the economic statement of 24 February 1992, the Government announced a one-off bonus payment to family allowance recipients to be paid with their 2 April 1992 family allowance payment. It was payable in respect of all children eligible for family allowance on 2 April 1992, including children in ACOs (1.1.A.200).

Arrears of the bonus, or the appropriate portion of the bonus, were payable for children who were eligible, but not in pay, at 2 April 1992, including children for whom arrears of family allowance were payable because child disability allowance was granted retrospectively. The bonus was also payable as part of bereavement payments where the child died prior to 2 April 1992. The table shows the amount of the bonus.

Number of eligible children Rate (\$)
1 125.00
2 175.00
3 200.00
4 225.00
5 250.00

## Table 5: Maternity allowance - October 1912 to June 2000

This table shows the rates in dollars per child. The lump sum maternity allowance is indexed in March and September. From 1 July 2000 maternity allowance and maternity immunisation allowance (MIA) was paid as part of family assistance. Information about the rates from 1 July 2000 can be found in the FA Guide.

Date payable First child (\$) Second child (\$) Third child (\$) Fourth child (\$) Other children (\$)
10/10/1912 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00
20/07/1931 8.00 8.00 8.00 8.00 8.00
01/08/1934 Note C 8.00 8.50 9.00 9.50 10.00
01/10/1938 Note C 9.00 10.00 10.00 15.00 15.00
01/07/1943 Note C 30.00 32.00 32.00 35.00 35.00
01/11/1978 Abolished, i.e. not paid for births on or after 1 November 1978.
A one-off lump sum payment for maternity allowance per child was introduced from 1 February 1996.
20/03/1996 857.40
20/09/1996 866.70
20/03/1997 870.30
20/09/1997 870.30
Maternity allowance (\$) MIA (\$)
Note D
01/01/1998 750.00 200.00
01/07/2000 Paid as part of family assistance.

### Notes for Table 5

Notes Explanation
C The rate was determined by the number of children under 16 years.
D From 1 January 1998, maternity allowance was split into maternity allowance (\$750) and MIA (\$200). These rates are linked to PPP.

Policy reference: FA Guide 3.6.4 Maternity payments - historical rates

## Table 6: Training allowance & living away from home allowance

These allowances were paid under section 24 of the Disability Services Act. The former Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services had the appropriation of the allowances and that department determined to whom and when, the allowances were paid. Social security paid the allowances as an agent for the former Department of Community Services and Health (DCSH). Rates were determined and notified by DCSH.

From 1 January 1989 the rates of training allowance for those undertaking formal training provided by an educational institution were adjusted in line with the training component of the formal training allowance and similar payments made by the former Department of Education, Employment and Training. These payments are now made directly to recipients by the then Department of Human Services and Health. For those participating in 'on the job training' arrangements, the re-1 January 1989 rates applied. The table shows the rates in dollars per week.

Pre-1 January 1989 rates (\$ pw)
Living at home Living away from home
Full-time Part-time
46.35 23.20 23.20 15.30 57.90
Rates for formal training from 1 January 1989 (\$ pw)
30.00 20.00 57.90

## Historical information relating to family allowance for students

Family allowance for students aged 16 to 20 years commenced from 14 January 1964, at the rate of \$1.50 per week for each student. Payment for student children was made separately from the payment for children under 16 years of age. The payment was made on a quarterly basis. The first payment of student family allowance was made on 7 April 1964.

From 15 June 1976, the age of eligibility was amended to include students, provided they were under 25 years of age. Payment was made according to their position in the family. Payment for children under 16 years and student children was combined as one payment referred to as family allowance from the instalment due on 13 July 1976.

From 1 November 1985 family allowance ceased to be payable for students over 18 years of age unless the student was an 'eligible student'.

From 1 January to 14 October 1987 family allowance for students aged 16 to 18 years was subject to a sudden death income test. From 15 October 1987 family allowance for children and students under 18 years was subject to a tapered income test. The family allowance supplement (FAS) for dependent students was also subject to a tapered income test, which continued when FAS became additional family payment (AFP) (amalgamated into family payment (FP) from 1 January 1996). From 1 July 1998, however, only minimum family allowance is available for students aged 16-18. This is subject to the normal (sudden death) family allowance income ceiling.

Last reviewed: 20 September 2021