The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.P.51 Parenting payment (single) (PPS)


PPS is the main income support payment for single parents and other principal carers (1.1.P.412) who have sole or primary responsibility for the care of a young child. These parents may be eligible for PPS until their youngest child turns 14. PPS can only be paid to one person in respect of a particular child.

Further information

PPS shares some features with pensions such as the Age and others with benefits such as PPP.

The pension features include:

  • indexation of the rate of payment according to changes in wages (as measured by MTAWE), as well as the CPI, and
  • eligibility for a PCC.

The benefit features include:

  • a non-tapered assets test, and
  • the IMP, which may be served for leave or termination payments.

Act reference: SSAct section 18 PP definitions

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.P.50 Parenting payment (partnered) (PPP), Parenting payment (PP) - description, 3.5.1 PP - qualification & payability, PPS income & assets tests & limits, PP - current rates

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