Eligibility for the Schoolkids Bonus

To be eligible, you must be a parent or carer who gets Family Tax Benefit Part A for a dependent child attending primary or secondary education, or a young person receiving an eligible payment whilst attending primary or secondary education.

Children in preschool are not eligible for the Schoolkids Bonus. The names of primary and secondary school years are different depending on what state you live in.

Eligible families

To be eligible, you must be a parent or carer who gets Family Tax Benefit Part A for a dependent child attending primary or secondary education.

Your child may be eligible in their own right if they are in receipt of a payment from us and undertaking primary or secondary education. 

Schoolkids Bonus may also be payable where the child is undertaking an ‘eligible activity’ such as being home schooled, overseas study or special education.  

From 1 January 2015, you also need to satisfy an income test.

Eligible students

The Schoolkids Bonus will be paid to primary and secondary students if they satisfy the income test and are:

  • turning 19 years of age or younger in the calendar year, and
  • receiving:
    • Youth Allowance
    • ABSTUDY (Living Allowance)
    • Disability Support Pension
    • Carer Payment
    • Parenting Payment, or
    • Special Benefit

The Schoolkids Bonus will be paid to secondary students receiving Pensioner Education Supplement if they satisfy the income test and are:

  • turning 19 years of age or younger in the calendar year, and
  • receiving:
    • Disability Support Pension
    • Carer Payment
    • Parenting Payment, or
    • Special Benefit

Income test

From 1 January 2015, an income test will apply. Eligible families and young people with an adjusted taxable income of $100,000 or less will be paid Schoolkids Bonus.

Eligibility for Schoolkids Bonus will be based on the income information you have already provided to Centrelink.

There are some exemptions to the income test. For example, people receiving Special Benefit, certain veterans’ education allowance payments or Disability Support Pension for those who are permanently blind.

If you claim Family Tax Benefit as a lump sum at the end of the financial year we will assess income to see if you are eligible for Schoolkids Bonus.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Families and students who receive an education payment from the Department of Veterans' Affairs under the Veterans' Children Education Scheme (VCES) or the Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (MRCAETS) are eligible for the Schoolkids Bonus.

In these cases, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will pay the Schoolkids Bonus for the child receiving the education payment.