Eligibility for FTB Part A

We pay Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A per child. The amount we’ll pay you depends on your family’s circumstances.

You may be eligible for FTB Part A if you care for a dependent child who is:

  • 0 to 15 years of age, or
  • 16 to 19 years of age, and
    • is in full time secondary study in an approved course leading towards a year 12 or equivalent qualification
    • has an acceptable study load, or
    • has been granted an exemption

If your child is 16 to 19 years of age and is in full time secondary study, we’ll pay you until the end of the calendar year they turn 19 years of age.

Children that are 16 to 19 years of age who are in home school must be in an approved course leading towards a year 12 or equivalent qualification to meet the study requirements.

You must also meet an income test and residence requirements and care for the child at least 35% of the time.

You’ll need to take reasonable steps to obtain child support if you’re separated from the child’s other parent. Otherwise, you may only be eligible for the base rate of FTB Part A.

We’ll also pay you Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement if you:

  • are eligible for FTB Part A
  • recently become a parent through birth or adoption

Newborn Supplement is paid for up to 13 weeks with your regular fortnightly FTB Part A payment.

Read about the conditions you need to meet to receive the FTB Part A supplement.

Page last updated: 12 October 2017