Family Tax Benefit Part A - reduced portability

From 1 January 2016, the period a Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit and Double Orphan Pension recipient can continue to be paid while temporarily outside Australia will reduce from 56 weeks to 6 weeks.

This measure will start on 1 July 2016, rather than 1 January 2016 as originally proposed in the 2015-16 Budget.

Description of the measure

From 1 January 2016, the period a Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit and Double Orphan Pension recipient can continue to be paid while temporarily outside Australia will reduce from 56 weeks to 6 weeks.

The 6 week portability period will also affect the following payments and allowances:

  • Child Care Rebate
  • Newborn Supplement
  • Newborn Upfront Payment
  • Stillborn Baby Payment
  • Schoolkids Bonus, and
  • Single Income Family Supplement

Questions and answers

Who is affected by this measure

This measure will affect recipients of Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit and Double Orphan Pension, who travel overseas on or after 1 January 2016.

Recipients, including their children, who are already overseas on 1 January 2016 will keep the 56 week period until they return to Australia. All future overseas travel will be affected by the new 6 week rule.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 January 2016 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 16 March 2016

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