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
This is to ensure you receive the FTB Part A supplement. The easiest way to tell us is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

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.

Health check

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
ACT
  • A health check on a child from 3 to 3 and a half years of age – outlined in the Personal Health Record, sometimes called the Blue Book
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
NSW
  • A health check on a child 3 to 4 years of age – outlined in the Personal Health Record called My First Health Record
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
NT
  • A health check on a child 3 to 4 years of age – under the Healthy Under 5 Kids Program
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
  • A compulsory health check done under the NT emergency response
Qld
  • A health check on a child 2 and a half to 3 and a half years of age or 4 to 5 years of age - outlined in the Personal Health Record, sometimes called the Red Book
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
SA
  • A health check on a child 3 years of age or a pre-school check on a child 4 years of age – outlined in Child Health Record, sometimes called the Blue Book
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
Tas
  • A health check on a child 3 and a half years of age completed by Tasmanian family and child health nurses
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
Vic
  • A health check on a child 3 and a half years of age completed by Victorian maternal and child health nurses
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
WA
  • A health check on a child 3 years of age – outlined in the Personal Health Record book
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP

Page last updated: 25 August 2016

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