A number of changes affect you if you receive family payments.
If you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB):
- recent changes apply to income limits and how we calculate your income
- from July 2017 the Single Family Income Supplement will only continue if you stay eligible without breaks
If you get Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay:
- recent changes mean they’ll count towards the income we assess if you claim another payment
In most cases you don’t need to do anything. We’ll always tell you if you do.
How we assess your income has recently changed.
Family Tax Benefit
Your family’s income must be $80,000 or less in 2016-17 to get the FTB Part A supplement.
We’ll pay you from July 2017 after we balance your payments.
Read more about the income test for FTB Part A.
Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay
If you get one of these and claim an income support payment, be aware that these payments now count as income. So you can earn less from other sources before it lowers your rate or makes you ineligible.
The current income test limits for these payments will remain fixed at $150,000 until 1 July 2020.
Changes to how we calculate adjusted taxable income
The way we assess reportable fringe benefits has changed. This forms part of your adjusted taxable income.
This may affect your eligibility or payment rate for:
- Family Tax Benefit
- Child Care Benefit
- Stillborn Baby Payment
- Parental Leave Pay
- Dad and Partner Pay
- Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme
- Youth Allowance
- ABSTUDY Living Allowance
If you or your child get any of these payments, we’ll let you know how this change affects you and what you need to do.
Pauses to indexation
We won’t increase the following until 1 July 2019:
This means that those fortnightly payment rates won’t change until 1 July 2019. There is no change to how we pay your FTB.
We won’t increase the following until 1 July 2020:
- FTB Part A higher income free area, which is currently $94,316
- FTB Part B primary earner income limit, which is currently $100,000
Single Income Family Supplement closes to new customers from 1 July 2017.
You can keep getting it if you were eligible on 30 June 2017 and stay eligible. You won’t get it again if there’s a break in eligibility.
You may lose eligibility if you:
- no longer care for an eligible child
- leave Australia for more than 6 weeks with your child
- care for the child less than 35% of the time
- have too much income
- don’t lodge a tax return or tell us you don’t need to lodge one in time, or
- don’t submit a claim in time