Parents - general definition
This provides a general definition of parents.
This is a natural, adoptive or whangai parent, caregiver, step-parent, partner of your parent, or any other person acting as a parent who is responsible for your well-being and financial support.
The Student Allowances Regulations 1998 defines a step-parent as a person who is not the student’s father or mother, or a person acting in place of a parent of the student; but is a person who is married to, or in a civil union or in a de facto relationship with, the mother or father of the student or a person acting in place of the parent of the student.
Note: This may include a caregiver who receives an Orphan's Benefit or Unsupported Child's Benefit only if they are acting in place of a parent. A caregiver appointed by the Chief Executive of Child, Youth and Family or an agent recognised by the Children, Young Person's and Their Families Act 1989 is not regarded as a parent.