When care arrangements for a child change

If you share the care of your child with another person and the amount of time you care for your child changes, your payments and services may be affected.

Centrelink payments and care arrangements

You need to have a child in your care to be eligible for the following payments:

If a child:

  • leaves your care, you may no longer be eligible for some payments
  • enters your care you may become eligible for some payments

The following payments may have a higher rate if you have dependent children:

If a child:

  • enters your care, you may be able to receive a higher rate of payment
  • leaves your care, you may no longer be eligible to receive the higher rate of payment

Other payments and concession or health care cards may be affected if a child enters or leaves your care, or your percentage of care changes. These include:

It’s important that you tell us if your circumstances change so that we can assess you correctly and you don’t receive a debt. If you’re unsure how changes in care will affect your payment, call us on your regular payment line.

Child support and care arrangements

If care arrangements for your child change, there may be an impact on child support payments you receive or make.

If you’re a current Child Support customer, you can tell us of a change in the care of a child using your Child Support online account through myGov.

Read more about how your percentage of care affects your child support payments.

Family Tax Benefit and child support

If you receive child support and Family Tax Benefit, we’ll consider the amount of child support you are assessed to receive when we calculate your payment. If the amount of child support you receive changes, your rate of Family Tax Benefit may also change.

If care arrangements change for your child, your Family Tax Benefit may also need to be reviewed, even if you arrange your child support privately with the other parent or have a child support agreement.

You can use our online estimators to see how changes in care arrangements may impact your Family Tax Benefit and child support.

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

Medicare and care arrangements

If care arrangements change for a child you may also need to update the details with Medicare. Having children you care for on your Medicare card will make it easier for you to access Medicare payments and services, including the Medicare Safety Net.

To register or amend Medicare details for you or your family, use the:

Page last updated: 1 June 2016