Eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A

Read more about eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A is paid for each child. The amount you get is based on your family’s circumstances.

You may be eligible for FTB Part A if you care for a dependent child who is:

  • 0 to 15 years of age, or
  • 16 to 19 years of age, and
    • is undertaking full time education or training in an approved course leading towards a year 12 or equivalent qualification
    • has an acceptable study load, or
    • has been granted an exemption from education or training requirements

If you are eligible for FTB Part A for a dependent child who is 16 to 19 years of age, it can be paid until the end of the calendar year that they turn 19 years of age as long as they are in full time secondary study.

Home schooling for children 16 to 19 years of age does not satisfy study requirements for FTB.

You must also satisfy an income test, meet residence requirements and care for the child at least 35% of the time.

If you are separated from the child’s other parent, you will need to take reasonable steps to obtain child support. Otherwise, you may only be eligible for the base rate of FTB Part A.

If you are eligible for FTB Part A for a child who was recently born or adopted, you may also be eligible for Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement. Newborn Supplement is a component of FTB Part A and is paid over a 3 month period with your regular fortnightly FTB Part A payment.

Immunisation requirements for FTB Part A supplement

For you to be eligible for FTB Part A supplement, your children need to:

  • be up to date with their immunisations, according to the early childhood vaccination schedule appropriate to your child's age
  • Be on a recognised immunisation catch up schedule, or
  • have a medical exemption 

Read more about immunising your children.

Page last updated: 5 July 2016

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