Payment rates for Family Tax Benefit Part A
The amount of Family Tax Benefit Part A you get paid depends on your actual family income, how many children you have, and how old they are.
Use our Online Estimators to estimate or compare the Family Tax Benefit you may get, based on your current or proposed circumstances.
Maximum payment rates
The maximum amounts of Family Tax Benefit Part A you can get for each child are updated on 1 July each year.
|For each child aged||Maximum rate of Part A per fortnight|
|16–19 years, secondary student||$220.64|
|16–17 years, having completed secondary study||$54.32|
|Up to 19 years of age in an approved care organisation||$54.32|
Approved care organisations provide residential care for young people—for example, for young people who are homeless, are refugees, or have a disability.
Base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A
These are the base amounts of Family Tax Benefit Part A you can get for each child.
|For each child||Per fortnight|
|under 18 years||$54.32|
|18–19 years, secondary student||$54.32|
Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement is paid after the end of the financial year once your income details are confirmed by the Australian Taxation Office. The amount is not included in the fortnightly figures.
Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement
You can also get Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement of up to $726.35 for each child, when your payments have been balanced after the end of the financial year. This will happen after you and your partner (if you have one) have lodged your tax returns and your income details are confirmed by the Australian Taxation Office or advise you are not required to lodge. The amount of supplement you receive will depend on your family income or circumstances.
If your child is turning four years old and you receive an income support payment from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, your supplement may be withheld if your child does not get a health check to ensure they are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.
The supplement may also be withheld if a child is not fully immunised at age one, two and five. To meet the immunisation requirements, children will need to be 'fully immunised', be on a recognised immunisation catch up schedule, or have an approved exemption.
Large Family supplement
You may get $11.76 a fortnight for your third child, and each child you have after that.
Multiple Birth Allowance
You may get $140.84 a fortnight for triplets or $187.80 a fortnight for quadruplets or more for whom you get Family Tax Benefit Part A. You do not need to lodge a separate claim for this payment.
To receive more than the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A for a child up to 18 years of age from a previous relationship, you or your partner must apply for a Child Support assessment. To apply for child support from the other parent of the child, you or your partner should contact us on 131 272.
If you have a child in secondary school who is turning 18 this year, you should contact us about extending your child support assessment to the end of the school year.
You need to apply before your child’s 18th birthday or your Child Support assessment will end when your child turns 18, and your Family Tax Benefit payment will reduce to the base rate of $54.52.
If there is anything that makes it difficult for you or your partner to apply for child support from the other parent, or you or your partner are unsure of what to do, you should contact us on 131 272 to discuss the situation.
If you share the care of your child, there are special rules about how much Family Tax Benefit you can be paid.