Your obligations - Young Parent Payment

Obligations are the things you are responsible for doing if you are getting the Young Parent Payment.

If you ever find that you can’t do these things, you must talk to your Youth Service provider as soon as possible.

If you don’t have a good reason for not meeting your obligations your payment will be reduced or stopped.

Your obligations will include:

  • Working with your Youth Service provider
  • Preparing for your future – education, training and work-based learning
  • Budgeting
  • Parenting

Working with your Youth Service provider

You must have regular meetings with your Youth Service provider. They are keen to make sure you are sticking to your plan and will be able to help you with any problems.

You must keep your Youth Service provider up to date with any changes in your life.

If your provider thinks you are not doing all the things you are supposed to, they must advise Work and Income who may reduce your payment.

Preparing for your future – education, training and work-based learning

You have to be actively involved in full-time education, training or work-based learning once your youngest child is one year old, or from when they are six months old if there is a place available for you in a Teen Parent Unit.

For example, you can be going to school, doing an approved training course, or doing a course at university or polytech. You must go to classes and meet all the course requirements, like handing in assignments and sitting exams.

Work-based learning is where you are doing an approved training programme as part of your job.

There is money available to help you with childcare costs. Your provider will talk to you about getting this.

Budgeting

You will need to complete a budgeting course. Your Youth Service provider will find a suitable course for you.

You will also need to have regular meetings with your provider to talk about how you are spending your money.

Parenting

To help you as a parent, you have to complete a parenting course. Your Youth Service provider will find a suitable course for you.

It is important that your child can get medical care when they need it so you have to enrol them at a Primary Health Organisation medical centre or doctor.

You also have to register your child (or children) under five with a Well Child provider, like Plunket, and make sure they have regular check-ups with this provider until they are five years old.

While you are in education, training or doing part time work your child has to go to an early childhood education programme or be in suitable childcare.

What happens if you don’t meet your obligations?

The first and second time you don’t meet your obligations your weekly allowance will be suspended and any extra incentive payments you have earned will be stopped. You have four weeks to put it right. If you still have not done what is required your ongoing access to the Young Parent Payment will be looked at.

If it happens a third time, half of your Young Parent Payment will be stopped immediately. Any extra payments you have earned will also stop.

There may be a time when you can’t meet your obligations. In such situations you may still be able to get your Young Parent Payment if you talk it through with your provider.