Schoolkids Bonus

This payment was phased out in July 2016. The final instalments were paid in January and July 2016.

Eligibility basics

  • you must have been a parent or carer of a primary or secondary school student, or a young person receiving an eligible income support payment
  • you also had to meet an income test
Schoolkids Bonus can no longer be claimed.

Eligibility

The final instalments were paid in January and July 2016. The time limit to notify and be paid has passed.

To have been eligible, you must have:

  • been a parent or carer receiving Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A for a dependent child in primary or secondary education. This could include completing home schooling, overseas study or special education
  • been a primary or secondary student younger than or turning 19 years of age in the calendar year and receiving an eligible income support payment
  • had an adjusted taxable income of $100,000 or less, unless you were exempt from the income test
  • told us you, or your child started or finished primary or secondary study within the time limits

Families

Eligible families receiving FTB Part A for a dependent child had until 30 June 2017 to tell us their child had started or finished primary or secondary study.

If you claimed FTB for the 2015–16 financial year as a lump sum, we checked your eligibility for this payment as part of your claim.

If you share the care of your child with another person, you would’ve received a percentage of this payment. This was based on the percentage of FTB you receive for your child.

Students

Most eligible students had to provide their study details by 31 December 2016.

Payment rates

From 1 January 2016, eligible families or students received Schoolkids Bonus in 2 payments of:

  • $215 for each child in primary school - a total of $430 per year
  • $428 for each child in secondary school - a total of $856 per year

School Leaver payment

The time limit to notify and receive the School Leaver payment has passed.

Families with children or individual students may have received a School Leaver payment of Schoolkids Bonus.

You had to tell us that you or your child finished secondary studies between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016 to receive the payment.

Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Educational allowance

Families and students were eligible for Schoolkids Bonus if they received an education allowance from DVA.

In these cases, DVA paid Schoolkids Bonus for the child. Read more about education schemes on the DVA website.

Page last updated: 7 July 2017