Eligibility for the Schoolkids Bonus

You must be a parent or carer of a primary or secondary school student or a young person receiving eligible income support payments. An income test also applies.

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

Eligible families

To be eligible for the Schoolkids Bonus, 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 receiving 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 annual adjusted taxable income of $100,000 or less will be paid the Schoolkids Bonus.

Your eligibility will be based on the income information you have already given us.

There are some exemptions to the income test. For example, people receiving Schoolkids Bonus because of their eligibility to Special Benefit, certain veterans’ education allowance payments or Disability Support Pension for those who are permanently blind are exempt from the income test.

The exemption from the income test for Special Benefit and Disability Support Pension only applies where the student is receiving Schoolkids Bonus in their own right. Families receiving Schoolkids Bonus because of their eligibility to Family Tax Benefit Part A for a dependent child are not exempt from the income test. 

If you claim Family Tax Benefit as a lump sum at the end of the financial year, we will assess your 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 or the Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme 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.