Family and parental payments - change to rules for receiving payments overseas

From 1 July 2014, access to a range of family assistance payments for people temporarily absent from Australia will be made only to people absent for 56 weeks or less, instead of three years.

Description of the Measure

In line with current arrangements, the temporary absence period starts again if the parent, guardian or their child returns to Australia for six weeks or more.

This measure will affect those who receive:

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Schoolkids Bonus
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Baby Bonus
  • Parental Leave Pay
  • Dad and Partner Pay.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect people who receive: 

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Schoolkids Bonus
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Baby Bonus
  • Parental Leave Pay
  • Dad and Partner Pay.

Am I eligible for this measure?

If the parent, guardian or child leaves Australia temporarily, they will only be paid Family Tax Benefit Part A at the base rate for up to 56 weeks. 

Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police personnel temporarily deployed overseas will still receive family assistance for up to three years. 

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure starts on 1 July 2014 and will be ongoing.

Page last updated: 9 March 2016

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