Young Parent Payment

Young Parent Payment is a weekly payment for 16 to 19 year old parents who have a dependent child or children, and are in need of financial assistance.

Who can get it?

Young Parent Payment is a weekly payment for 16 to 19 year old parents who have dependent children, and are in need of financial assistance. For example, to qualify for Young Parent Payment you may be:

  • 16 or 17 years old, living with your parents or guardian, and they are eligible for Family Tax Credit, or 
  • 16 or 17 years old and can’t live with your parents or guardian or get financial support from anyone, or
  • 18 or 19 years old with no partner.

However there are a number of things you must do to get Young Parent Payment.

Your obligations

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

Your obligations include:

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

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.

Money management

Your Youth Service provider will manage your payments and make sure all your important costs are paid. This means:

  • Your rent or board and things like your power bill and any debts will be paid straight from your payment. You won’t get this money yourself.
  • You will get paid a weekly allowance of up to $50 into your personal bank account.
  • Any money left over will be put onto your personal payment card. This is like a debit card that you can use to buy your food and groceries at approved stores.

Your Youth Service provider will arrange the payment of your rent and bills with you and give you a payment card.

If you get some other financial assistance like the Disability Allowance, this may be paid straight to your bank account.

You can get the chance to manage your entire Young Parent Payment yourself if you show your Youth Service provider that you can do it responsibly. Once you have proven you are capable of managing your money yourself, your payment will go straight to your bank account and you will be responsible for paying all your own costs.

Incentives

When you have successfully been in education, training or work-based learning for six months you can get an extra $10 a week.

If you finish a budgeting course and have regular budget talks with your Youth Service provider for three months, you can get an extra $10 a week.

You can get a further $10 a week if you meet all your parenting requirements and have regular talks with your Youth Service provider for three months. Once you are getting the extra payments you need to keep up the good work. You will lose the incentive payments if you don’t.

Earning extra money

Your main focus should be on taking care of your child or children and getting the skills to get a job. However, you can receive extra income or do some part-time work. You can earn up to just over $200 before your Young Parent Payment is affected.

Talk to your Youth Service provider about how earning extra income could affect your payments.

Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment

The Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment (GCAP) can be used to help pay for childcare for children under five years old.

It can only be used for the childcare you need while you are in education, training, work-based learning or doing part-time work, or when you are doing your youth activity obligation (eg a parenting or budgeting course).

GCAP is paid directly to your early childhood centre or service. This could be a kindergarten, playcentre, Köhanga Reo or a licensed early childcare centre. It will pay up to $6.00 an hour for up to 50 hours a week. You may also get 20 hours of early childhood education (known as 20 Hours ECE).

You can use a combination of the 20 Hours ECE and GCAP, but you can’t get both for the same hours.

Additional support

There may be other financial support you can get to help you out from time to time.

Talk to your Youth Service provider about what could be available for you.

My Account

My Account is an online tool that will show you how much is paid into your bank account, how much is on your payment card and how much has been paid for things like rent, power or other debts. Also able to update some of your details.

If you don’t have a My Account, talk to your provider about setting one up online.

You can choose to get updates about your payments by text or by letter.

Contacting you

You must keep your Youth Service provider up to date with your contact information and tell them if you move house or change your phone number.

If you move to another town you will be changed to a new Youth Service provider. They will get in touch with you to arrange a meeting to talk about your plan and how they can support you.