Changes if you receive family payments

A number of changes affect you if you receive family payments.

From 1 July 2018

If you’re receiving Family Tax Benefit (FTB)

Pauses to indexation

We won’t increase the following until 1 July 2020:

Income test exemptions

If your income from employment reduces your income support payment to zero, you’ll no longer be exempt from the FTB Part A income test.

We’ll use your family income estimate to work out your FTB Part A payment rate. This means your FTB Part A payment may go down or stop for the period your income support payment is reduced to zero.

If we ask you to give us a family income estimate, you need to do this within 21 days. If you don’t, we’ll cancel your FTB Part A.

Your child’s payment may also be affected if we use your income to work out your dependent child’s payment rate of:

If you’re receiving family assistance and withdraw superannuation for your first home

If you withdraw superannuation under the First Home Super Saver Scheme, in most cases we won’t consider it part of your adjusted taxable income for:

  • FTB
  • child care fee assistance, or
  • child support

If you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay

The income limits for these payments will remain at $150,000 until 1 July 2020.

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

From 2 July 2018

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) will replace the current child care fee assistance we offer.

You can read about what you need to do to get Child Care Subsidy if you currently get a child care payment.

If you need assistance with child care fees before 2 July, you can claim for Child Care Benefit (CCB). When you claim online we’ll ask you some extra questions in your CCB claim so we can assess you for CCS. If you’re eligible for both payments, you’ll receive CCB until 1 July 2018 and CCS from 2 July 2018.

If you don’t need assistance with child care fees until after 2 July 2018, you can claim CCS online now. We won’t start paying the new subsidy until 2 July 2018.

Page last updated: 23 April 2018