Changes to family payments

You might be affected by recent and upcoming changes to family payments.

Recent changes

Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay changes

If you get Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay for a child born or adopted on or after 1 October 2016, it will count as income when we assess you or your partner for an income support payment.

In addition, the current income test limits for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner will remain fixed at $150,000 until 1 July 2020.

You don’t need to do anything. We’ll automatically take into account these changes when we assess your payment.

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) changes

FTB Part A supplement is now subject to an income test of $80,000.

The supplement will be paid to eligible customers from July 2017 after we balance their family assistance payments.

If your family’s income for the 2016-17 financial year is over $80,000, you won’t get the supplement.

You don’t need to do anything. The change will happen automatically.

Pauses to indexation

We won’t increase the following until 1 July 2020:

  • FTB Part A higher income free area, which is currently $94,316
  • FTB Part B primary earner income limit, which is currently $100,000

Read more about the income test for FTB Part A and Part B.

Changes to how we calculate adjusted taxable income

The way we assess reportable fringe benefits has changed. This forms part of your adjusted taxable income.

This may affect your eligibility or payment rate for:

If you or your child get any of these payments, we’ll let you know how this change affects you and what you need to do.

Changes from March 2017

Energy Supplement changes

How changes to Energy Supplement affect you depends on when you started getting it and with what payment. The changes only apply to customers getting Family Tax Benefit (FTB) or who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC).

You don’t need to do anything. The change will happen automatically on 20 March 2017

Changes from July 2017

Single Income Family Supplement

Single Income Family Supplement is a payment of up to $300 per financial year. It won’t be paid to new customers after 30 June 2017.

If you’re eligible for Single Income Family Supplement at 30 June 2017, you may keep getting the payment as long as you stay eligible.

You don’t need to do anything. The change will happen automatically.

Next steps

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Page last updated: 22 February 2017