Payment rates for Family Tax Benefit Part B

The amount of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B you get usually depends on the age of your youngest child.

You or your partner cannot receive FTB Part B during a Paid Parental Leave period. Use our Online Estimators to estimate the FTB you may get, based on your current or proposed circumstances.

Maximum rate of FTB Part B

These are the maximum amounts of FTB Part B you can get per family.

Age of youngest child Maximum rate of FTB Part B per fortnight Maximum rate of FTB Part B per year
under 5 years of age $152.88 $4,339.85
5-18 years of age $106.82 $3,139.00

Fortnightly payment figures do not include the FTB Part B supplement of $354.05 per family for the 2015-16 financial year. The supplement can only be paid after the end of the financial year.

Yearly payment figures include the FTB Part B supplement of $354.05 per child for the 2015-16 financial year.

FTB Part B supplement

An FTB Part B supplement of up to $354.05 per family is paid after the end of the financial year once your payments have been balanced.

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 of supplement you receive will depend on your family income and circumstances.

Energy Supplement Part B

Maximum payment rates

These are the maximum amounts of Energy Supplement Part B you can get per family.

Age of youngest child Maximum rate of Energy Supplement Part B per fortnight Maximum rate of Energy Supplement Part B per year
under 5 years of age $2.80 $73.00
5-18 years of age $1.96 $51.10

Income test

An income test is used to work out how much FTB Part B you can get.

Parents returning to work

You may be entitled to the maximum rate of FTB Part B for the financial year before you start or return to work, if you or your partner:

  • is the lower income earner in a couple, and
  • starts or returns to work for the first time after the birth of a child or after a child entered your care

You need to tell us as soon as you start or return to work. If eligible, you will be paid the maximum rate of FTB Part B once your actual annual income is known and your FTB payments are balanced for that year, or when your FTB lump sum claim is finalised.

You will not receive any FTB Part B if the higher earner’s income is more than the primary earner’s income limit for the financial year, or for any period in which your family was receiving Parental Leave Pay.

You can update your Return to Work details using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

If you are unable to complete this online you can complete the Notes and Advice of return to work, income estimate or a payment choice for family assistance form.

Shared care

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

Your child must be in the care of a person for at least 35% of the time for that person 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.

Page last updated: 21 March 2016

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