Changes if you get family payments

There are some changes that may affect you if you get family payments.

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) changes

Income thresholds

The FTB Part A higher income free area will increase from $94,316 to $98,988 on 1 July 2019. After this change, there are no expected increases again until 1 July 2021. Read more about the current income test for FTB Part A.

There are no expected increases to the FTB Part B primary earner income limit until 1 July 2021.

Consistent income treatment

From 1 July 2019 we’ll use the same income test for all families with an adjusted taxable income over $98,988. FTB Part A will reduce by 30 cents for every dollar families earn over this amount.

Read more about the current income test for FTB Part A.

Paid Parental Leave scheme

Income thresholds

There are no expected increases to the following until 1 July 2021:

  • the Parental Leave Pay income threshold of $150,000
  • the Dad and Partner Pay income threshold of $150,000.

Read about who can get Parental Leave Pay and who can get Dad and Partner Pay.

Other changes

Changes to how we recover money you owe

From 10 June 2019, if you owe us money, we’ll be able to recover it from your FTB payments. This includes from your FTB:

  • arrears
  • lump sums
  • top ups and supplements.

Currently, we only use these payments to recover any family assistance debts. But this change means your FTB payments can be used to recover other Centrelink debts you may have. We’ll do this even if you have a payment arrangement in place.

You can avoid us using your FTB payments to recover the money you owe us. To do this you’ll need to pay us back the full amount by 4 June 2019. Read more about how to pay us back.

Page last updated: 2 March 2019