PPL isn't always advantageous to the govt. As with my example of the family I know that are living on govt benefits, she works 1 day a week, so pays zero tax. Has a baby every 18 months and gets PPL. The govt are actually losing money. And truth be told, I know several families that do this - who are getting more govt assistance, both fortnightly than us, then adding in the PPL. You only have to work 6 hours a week to qualify of course a woman working 40 hours a week is fully earning her payments. But lets not kid ourselves that this family is more of a drain than our single income SAHM household.