Family Tax Benefit Part A - changes to age eligibility

From 1 January 2014, young people aged 16 to 17 years who have completed their Year 12 Certificate or equivalent qualification will not qualify for Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Description of the Measure

From 1 January 2014, the following change will start:

  • young people aged 16 to 17 years who have completed their Year 12 Certificate or equivalent qualification will not qualify for Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Family Tax Benefit Part A will only be payable for:

  • children aged 0 to 15 years
  • young people aged 16 to 19 years (up until the end of the calendar year in which the child turns 19) who are in full‑time study to complete their Year 12 Certificate or equivalent qualification.

This change also applies to the Double Orphan Pension.

Families receiving Family Tax Benefit for young people aged 16 to 17 years will be sent a notification in October 2013 about the new rules.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

Families who receive Family Tax Benefit Part A and/or Double Orphan Pension.  

Am I eligible for this measure?

Family Tax Benefit Part A will continue for young people aged 16 to 19 (up until the end of the calendar year in which the child turns 19) provided they are in full‑time study to complete their Year 12 Certificate or equivalent qualification.

Families receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A for young people aged 16 to 17 years will be sent a notification in October 2013 about the new rules.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start on 1 January 2014 and will be ongoing.  

Page last updated: 9 March 2016

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