Is your child with a disability about to turn 16?

Here are some things to think about including payments they may be eligible for and getting their own Medicare card.

Your child may be eligible for Disability Support Pension (DSP) if:

  • they have a permanent diagnosed disability or medical condition stopping them from working, or
  • they’re permanently blind

They can claim 3 months before they turn 16. This way they start getting paid as soon as they turn 16 if they’re eligible.

If their DSP is granted from 16, you can no longer receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB). Make sure you let us know to stop your FTB when they claim DSP so you don’t get a debt.

There are also payments and services to help your child look for work and manage their life more independently.

Disability Employment Services provide specialist help for people with disability, illness or injury to find and keep a job. They can help your child prepare for work, search for a job and put together a resume. There’s even support when they start a job including training and coworker interaction.

Your child can also get their own Medicare card. They can do this once they turn 15.

They may need to start making important decisions about how to manage their money. We have information and tools to help your child budget and save.

They can also create a myGov account and link this to Medicare and Centrelink in order to manage their business with the department themselves. Read our guide and learn how to create a myGov account and how to link to Medicare and Centrelink.

If your child would like you or someone else to handle their Centrelink business, they can appoint a nominee to deal with us on their behalf.

The easiest way to do this is by using their Centrelink online account through myGov. Once they’ve logged in, select 'Nominee Access' from the Menu, then 'View/Add/Update Nominee Arrangement' to appoint a new nominee.

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Page last updated: 24 April 2017