Healthy Start for School
If you and/or your partner receive Family Tax Benefit Part A and an income support payment such as Parenting Payment, Newstart Allowance, or a payment from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, your child may need to have a health check for you to get the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement.
If your child needs to have a health check, we will send you a letter to let you know.
What you need to do
Arrange a health check for your child.
The health check could be an age-appropriate health check as outlined in the Health check table below. For more information about health checks, please talk to your health professional or health clinic.
Tell us the health check has been completed.
This is to ensure you receive the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement. The easiest way to tell us is by using Centrelink Online Services.
Tell us if you cannot complete a health check for your child.
If there is a reason a health check can’t be completed for your child, call us on 136 150 as soon as possible to discuss.
Why you need to tell us
At the end of the financial year we check your income against your estimated income to make sure we pay you the right amount of Family Tax Benefit and to see if you are eligible for further top-up payments such as the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement.
So, if the health check isn’t done, or you haven’t told us by 30 June by using Centrelink Online Services, part or all of the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement of up to $726.35 for your child will be withheld.
If you have the health check completed after the financial year in which your child turned four, you can still notify us when the health check has been completed. You will be paid the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement for your child if you are eligible.
A health check is an assessment of your child’s physical health and general wellbeing. It includes height, weight, hearing and sight. It ensures your child is healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.
A health check can be done from when your child turns three.
The table below lists health checks conducted in each State and Territory which satisfy the requirements:
|State/Territory||Health checks that meet the requirements for FTB Part A supplement purposes|