Eligibility for FTB Part B

We pay Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B to single parents, non-parent carers and couples with one main income.

An example of this may be where one parent stays at home to care for a child full time or balances some paid work with caring for a child. This payment is income tested.

If you are a member of a couple, you may be eligible for FTB Part B if you care for a dependent child 12 years of age or younger at least 35% of the time.

If you are a single parent, grandparent or great grandparent carer, you may be eligible for FTB Part B if you care for a child at least 35% of the time and the child is:

  • younger than 16 years of age, or
  • a full time secondary student, up until the end of the calendar year in which they turn 18 years of age

To tell us you are a grandparent carer, call us.

Home schooling for children 16 to 19 years of age does not satisfy study requirements for FTB.

The rate of FTB Part B is based on an income test. You also need to meet residence requirements.

Neither you nor your partner can receive FTB Part B during your Paid Parental Leave period, but it may be paid after your Paid Parental Leave period ends.

Eligible carers

You may be eligible for FTB Part B if you are a:

  • parent
  • guardian
  • foster carer
  • grandparent
  • great grandparent, or
  • another non parent carer

Page last updated: 12 October 2017