Healthy Start for School
If your child is turning 4 years of age, they may need to have a health check for you to get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement.
We will send you a letter if your child needs a health check. This will occur if you or your partner receive FTB Part A and an income support payment such as Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance, or a payment from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
What you need to do
Arrange a health check for your child
This could be an age appropriate health check as outlined in the Health check table below. For more information about health checks, talk to your health professional or health clinic.
Tell us the health check has been completed
Tell us if you cannot complete a health check for your child
If there is a reason a health check cannot be completed for your child, call us as soon as possible to discuss.
Why you need to tell us
At the end of the financial year, we check your income against your estimated income to make sure we pay you the right amount of FTB and to see if you are eligible for further top up payments, such as, the FTB Part A supplement.
If the health check is not done, or you have not told us by 30 June, part or all of the FTB Part A supplement, up to $726.35 for your child, will be withheld.
If your FTB Part A supplement has been withheld because the health check has not been done or you have not told us, you have 1 year from the end of the financial year in which your child turned 4 years of age to tell us the health check has been completed. If eligible, you will be paid the FTB Part A supplement. If you have a child who turned 4 years of age in the 2015-16 financial year, you have until 30 June 2017 to tell us.
A health check is an assessment of your child’s physical health, including their height, weight, hearing, sight and general wellbeing. It ensures your child is healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.
Your child can have a health check when they turn 3 years of age.
The health check requirements vary in each state and territory.
|State/territory||Health checks that meet the FTB Part A supplement requirements|