Payment rates for Family Tax Benefit Part A

The amount of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A you get depends on your actual family income, how many children you have and how old they are.

Use our online estimators to estimate or compare the FTB you may get, based on your current or proposed circumstances.

Base rate of FTB Part A

The base rate of FTB Part A you can get for each child is $58.66 per fortnight.

FTB Part A supplement

An FTB Part A supplement of up to $726.35 for each child is paid once your payments have been balanced, after the end of the financial year.

This will happen:

  • after you and your partner have lodged your tax returns and your income details are confirmed by the Australian Taxation Office, or
  • when you tell us you are not required to lodge

The amount you receive will depend on your family income and circumstances.

If your child is turning 4 years of age and you receive an income support payment from us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, your supplement may be withheld if your child does not get a health check to ensure they are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.

To receive the FTB Part A supplement, your child also needs to be up to date with their immunisations.

Read more about immunising your children.

Maximum payment rates

These are the maximum amounts of FTB Part A you can get for each child.

For each child aged Maximum rate of FTB Part A per fortnight Maximum rate of FTB Part A per year
0 to 12 years of age $182.84 $5,493.25
13 to 19 years of age $237.86 $6,927.70
0 to 19 years of age in an approved care organisation $58.66 $1,529.35

Fortnightly payment figures do not include the FTB Part A supplement of $726.35 per child for the 2016-17 financial year. The supplement can only be paid after the end of the financial year.

Yearly payment figures, except for the approved care organisation figure, include the FTB Part A supplement of $726.35 per child for the 2016-17 financial year.

Approved care organisations provide residential care for young people who are homeless, are refugees or have disability.

Energy Supplement Part A

Base rate of Energy Supplement Part A

These are the base amounts of Energy Supplement Part A you can get for each child.

For each child aged Base rate of Energy Supplement per fortnight Base rate of Energy Supplement per year
0 to 18 years of age $1.40 $36.50
18 to 19 years of age, secondary student $1.40 $36.50

Maximum payment rates

These are the maximum amounts of Energy Supplement Part A you can get for each child.

For each child aged Maximum rate of Energy Supplement Part A per fortnight Maximum rate of Energy Supplement Part A per year
0 to 12 years of age $3.50 $91.25
13 to 15 years of age $4.48 $116.80
16 to 19 years of age, secondary student $4.48 $116.80
0 to 19 years of age in an approved care organisation $0.98 $25.55

Approved care organisations provide residential care for young people who are homeless, are refugees or have disability.

Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement

You may get an increase to your FTB Part A payments if you have a baby or adopt a child.

Read more about Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.

Multiple Birth Allowance

You may get $152.88 a fortnight for triplets or $203.56 a fortnight for quadruplets if you receive FTB Part A. You do not need to lodge a separate claim for this payment.

Applying for child support while receiving FTB Part A - the Maintenance Action Test

To receive more than the base rate of FTB Part A when you or your partner has a child in your care from a previous relationship, you or your partner will need to take reasonable steps to obtain child support. This is known as the Maintenance Action Test. You can meet this test by applying for a child support assessment.

If you have a child in secondary school who is turning 18 years of age this year, you should contact us about extending your child support assessment to the end of the school year. You must apply before your child turns 18 years of age, or your child support assessment will end when your child turns 18 years of age and your FTB payment will reduce to the base rate of $58.66.

If there is anything that makes it difficult for you or your partner to apply for child support from the other parent, or you or your partner is unsure of what to do, you should call us.

Read more about child support and your Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Shared care

If you share the care of your child, there are certain rules about how much FTB you can be paid.

Your child must be in your care for at least 35% of the time for you to be eligible for FTB. If care of a child is shared by more than one carer, the percentage of shared care will determine the amount of FTB payable, even if the other carer is not currently claiming FTB.

You may need to complete the​ Details of your child’s care arrangements form to advise us of changes in care.

Page last updated: 5 July 2016

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