Healthy Start for School

If you or your partner receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A and an income support payment such as Parenting Payment, Newstart Allowance, or a payment from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, your child who is turning 4 may need to have a health check for you to get the FTB 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, talk to your health professional or health clinic.

Tell us the health check has been completed
This is to ensure you receive the FTB Part A supplement. The easiest way to tell us is by using Centrelink online accounts through myGov.

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 FTB and to see if you are eligible for further top-up payments such as the FTB Part A supplement.

If the health check isn’t done, or you haven’t told us by 30 June, part or all of the FTB Part A supplement up to $726.35 for your child will be withheld.

If your FTB Part A supplement has been withheld because the health check hasn’t been done or you haven’t told us, you have 1 year from the end of the financial year in which your child turned 4 to tell us the health check has been completed. If eligible, you will be paid the FTB Part A supplement. If you have a child who turned 4 in the 2013-14 financial year, you have until 30 June 2015 to tell us.

Health check

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 3.

The health check requirements vary in each State and Territory.

State/TerritoryHealth checks that meet the requirements for FTB Part A supplement purposes
ACT
  • A 3 to 3 and a half year old health check – outlined in the Personal Health Record (the Blue Book)
  • A general health check provided by your local GP
  • A Healthy Kids Check provided under the Medicare Benefits Schedule
NSW
  • A 3 year old check or 4 year old check – outlined in the Personal Health Record called My First Health Record
  • A general health check provided by your local GP
  • A Healthy Kids Check provided under the Medicare Benefits Schedule
NT
  • A 3 year old assessment or a 4 year old assessment – under the Healthy under 5 Kids Program
  • A general health check provided by your local GP
  • A Healthy Kids Check provided under the Medicare Benefits Schedule
  • *A Compulsory Health check done under the NT emergency response
QLD
  • A 2 and a half to 3 and a half year old health check or a 4 to 5 year old health check - outlined in the Personal Health Record (the Red Book)
  • A general health check provided by your local GP
  • A Healthy Kids Check provided under the Medicare Benefits Schedule
SA
  • A 3 year old health check or a 4 year old pre-school check – outlined in Child Health Record (the Blue Book)
  • A general health check provided by your local GP
  • A Healthy Kids Check provided under the Medicare Benefits Schedule
TAS
  • A 3 and a half year old child health assessment completed by Tasmanian family and child health nurses
  • A general health check provided by your local GP
  • A Healthy Kids Check provided under the Medicare Benefits Schedule
VIC
  • A 3 and a half year old health check completed by Victorian maternal and child health nurses
  • A general health check provided by your local GP
  • A Healthy Kids Check provided under the Medicare Benefits Schedule
WA
  • A 3 year old health check – outlined in the Personal Health Record book
  • A general health check provided by your local GP
  • A Healthy Kids Check provided under the Medicare Benefits Schedule