Payments for families

We provide a range of payments and services that help you look after your children's education and health care, and any family issues that may come up along the way.

Payments to help families

We provide payments to help you with the expenses of raising children and looking after health issues.

Our online estimator helps you decide payment options for your family. You can also see how much Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate you may be able to get.

Birth and adoption

We provide payments to support parents who have just had a baby or recently adopted a child. Read more about having a baby or adopting a child.

There is financial support to help families whose baby was stillborn.

Raising children

Payments like Family Tax Benefit and Parenting Payment can help you with the cost of raising children. You may be eligible if you are a carer, whether it is your birth child, foster or adopted child, or your grandchild.

Double Orphan Pension is available to help with the cost of caring for children who are orphans or unable to be cared for by their parents in certain circumstances.

Payments like Rent Assistance and Telephone Allowance can also help you manage household expenses if you are on income support.

Help with child care

Child Care Benefit can help cover the cost of long day care, family day care, occasional day care, outside school hour care, vacation care, pre-school, kindergarten and child care provided by relatives, friends or nannies.

Child Care Rebate covers 50% of out of pocket child care expenses, up to a maximum amount per child per year, in addition to the Child Care Benefit.

Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance can help eligible parents with the cost of approved child care by paying some of the gap fee not covered by Child Care Benefit for the hours of care you need for approved activities such as job search, work, study or training.

Time limits for claiming family payments

Submit your claim early to receive the maximum benefit. Read more about time limits for claiming family payments.

Payments to help with education

There are payments to help you with expenses relating to your children's education. For example, Youth Allowance provides financial help for young people who are studying full time, doing a full time Australian Apprenticeship or training, looking for work or sick.

Education Entry Payment is available to help with the cost of study if you get certain income support payments.

If eligible, you can claim Family Tax Benefit Part A for your children who are studying, up to the end of the calendar year in which they turn 19.

Help with health care

We provide financial support to help families with the cost of health care.

Medicare payments and services can help when you or your dependants use health care services or need medicine.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule helps with the cost of basic dental services for children aged 2 to 17 years.

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme helps families with the cost of treatment for cleft lip and cleft palate specialised services.

Continence Aids Payment Scheme helps people who have permanent and severe incontinence with some of the costs of incontinence products.

Youth Disability Supplement provides additional financial support to young people with a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability who get certain income support payments.

Carer Adjustment Payment is a one off payment to help families adjust following a sudden event where a child aged under 7 years is diagnosed with a severe illness, medical condition or major disability.

Carer Payment can provide financial support if you are unable to work in substantial paid employment because you are providing full time daily care to someone with a severe disability or medical condition, or to someone who is frail aged.

Carer Allowance is an income supplement for parents or carers who provide daily care to an adult or child who has a disability, medical condition or who is frail aged.

Child Disability Assistance Payment is an annual payment that helps parents with the costs of caring for a child with a disability.

Other government and community support services

There are a range of other organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful. You can use Service Finder to locate assistance in your local area.

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Page last updated: 17 February 2017