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

These are the maximum amounts of Family Tax Benefit Part A you can get for each child.

For each child agedMaximum rate of Part A per fortnight
0-12 years$176.82
13-19 years$230.02
0-19 years in an approved care organisation$56.70

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

Your payments could be limited to the base rate if:

  • you need to apply for a child support assessment and have not done so
  • you or your child have been outside Australia for more than 6 weeks

The base amount of Family Tax Benefit Part A you can get for each child is $56.70.

Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement

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.

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 have lodged your tax returns and your income details are confirmed by the Australian Taxation Office, or you tell us you are not required to lodge. The amount of supplement you receive will depend on your family income and circumstances.

If your child is turning 4 years old and you receive an income support payment from us 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.

Your child needs to meet the immunisation requirements for the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement during the financial years they turn 1, 2 and 5 years old. 

Children need to be fully immunised, on a recognised immunisation catch up schedule, or have an approved exemption.

Energy Supplement Part A

Maximum payment rates

These are the maximum amounts of Energy Supplement Part A you can get for each child.

For each child agedMaximum rate of Part A per fortnight
0–12 years$3.50
13–15 years$4.48
16–19 years, secondary student$4.48
Up to 19 years of age in an approved care organisation$0.98

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 Energy Supplement Part A

These are the base amounts of Energy Supplement Part A you can get for each child.

For each childPer fortnight
under 18 years$1.40
18–19 years, secondary student$1.40

Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement

You may get an increase to your Family Tax Benefit Part A payments if you have a baby or adopt a child on or after 1 March 2014. Read more about the Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.

Large Family supplement

You may get $12.32 a fortnight for your third child, and each child you have after that.

Multiple Birth Allowance

You may get $147.84 a fortnight for triplets or $196.84 a fortnight for quadruplets if you receive Family Tax Benefit Part A. You do not need to lodge a separate claim for this payment.

Child support

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. You can apply for Child Support Assessment online. To apply go to Child support assessment or you or your partner can 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 $56.70.

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.

Shared care

If you share the care of your child, there are special rules about how much Family Tax Benefit you can be paid.

Your child must be in the actual care of a person for at least 35% of the time for that person to be eligible for Family Tax Benefit. If care of a child is shared by more than one carer, the percentage of shared cared will determine the amount of Family Tax Benefit payable, even if the other carer is not currently claiming Family Tax Benefit.