Eligibility for the Schoolkids Bonus

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 either be a parent or carer who gets Family Tax Benefit Part A for a dependent child attending primary or secondary education, or be in receipt of a payment in your own right and also be undertaking primary or secondary education. Schoolkids Bonus may also be payable where the child/student is undertaking an ‘eligible activity’ – being home schooled, overseas study or special education.  

Eligible students

The Schoolkids Bonus will be paid to primary and secondary students if they 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
    • Special Benefit

The Schoolkids Bonus will be paid to secondary students receiving Pensioner Education Supplement if they are:

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

The 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.