Schoolkids Bonus was phased out in July 2016.
- a parent or carer receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A for a dependent child in primary or secondary education
- a primary or secondary student younger than or turning 19 years of age in the calendar year and receiving certain government payments
- you must meet an income test
Eligibility & payment rates
You must have been a parent or carer of a primary or secondary school student, or a young person receiving eligible income support payments.
The names of primary and secondary school years are different depending on the state or territory you live in.
Your child's eligibility was based on your location. Children in preschool weren't eligible for Schoolkids Bonus.
In Queensland and Western Australia, secondary schooling starts from year 7. Before 1 January 2015, secondary schooling in these states started from year 8.
To be paid the right amount of Schoolkids Bonus, you need to tell us if your child started or completed primary or secondary study.
If you were eligible and didn't get the final January or July 2016 payments, you need to let us know in time.
Definition of school years 2015 onwards
|State/territory||Preschool (not eligible)||Primary school (eligible)||Secondary school (eligible)|
|NSW||Preschool||Kindergarten, years 1-6||years 7-12|
|Vic||Kindergarten||Preparatory, years 1-6||years 7-12|
|Qld||Kindergarten||Preparatory, years 1-6||years 7-12|
|SA||Kindergarten||Reception, years 1-7||years 8-12|
|WA||Kindergarten||Pre-primary, years 1-6||years 7-12|
|Tas||Kindergarten||Preparatory, years 1-6||years 7-12|
|NT||Preschool||Transition, years 1-6||years 7-12|
|ACT||Preschool||Kindergarten, years 1-6||years 7-12|
From 1 January 2016, eligible families received Schoolkids Bonus in:
- 2 instalments of $215 for each child in primary school - a total of $430 for the year
- 2 instalments of $428 for each child in secondary school - a total of $856 for the year
If you shared the care of your child with another person, you received a percentage of this payment. This was based on the percentage of Family Tax Benefit you received for the child.
The final instalments of the bonus were paid in January and July 2016. If you were eligible and didn’t get them, you need to let us know in time.
Families with children or individual students may have received a School Leaver payment of Schoolkids Bonus. To get this payment, you had to tell us that you or your child completed secondary studies.
Completing secondary studies means completing year 12 or an equivalent level of study.
If you or your child were eligible and completed secondary studies between:
- 1 July and 31 December 2015, the School Leaver payment was paid in January 2016
- 1 January and 30 June 2016, the School Leaver payment was paid in July 2016
If you or your child were eligible and didn’t get the School Leaver payment in January or July 2016, you need to let us know in time.
Different time limits apply for families and students.
Families getting Family Tax Benefit Part A must tell us their child has completed secondary studies by 30 June 2017.
Eligible students had until 31 March 2016 to tell us they completed secondary studies to get the January 2016 School Leaver payment. They had until 28 September 2016 to get the July 2016 School Leaver payment.
Managing your payment
If you were eligible and didn't get the final Schoolkids Bonus payments in January and July 2016, the most likely reason is that we don't have up to date details for you.
Different time limits apply for students receiving the bonus for themselves, and families receiving the bonus for their children.
Read more about notification time limits for Schoolkids Bonus.
Schoolkids Bonus was payable while outside Australia if you remained eligible.
Read more about payments while outside Australia.