Examples to help you balance family assistance

What you need to do to balance your family assistance payments depends on your circumstances.

At tax time, everyone has to do different things to balance their payments. To help you understand what you need to do, we’ve looked at 9 common examples.

These examples don't cover every different situation. Use our Tax Time Checker to help you find out which examples relate to you.

Your only payment is Child Care Rebate

You don’t need to do anything. We’ll balance your payment automatically.

We’ll start assessing your child care payments from Monday 24 July 2017. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We’ll usually finalise your payment within 2 weeks.

You don’t need to contact us. We’ll send you a letter once we balance your payment.

You were single and receiving an income support payment for all of 2016-17

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

If you received an income support payment for the entire 2016-17 financial year with no breaks in your payment, you don’t need to do anything. We’ll balance your payments automatically. We'll also assess if you're eligible for any supplements. You’ll only be eligible for FTB Part A supplement if your income is $80,000 or less.

Balancing FTB payments

The date your payments will be balanced depends on when you receive your final FTB payment for the 2016-17 financial year. Find out when your payments will be balanced.

Assessing child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from Monday 24 July 2017. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You were single and don’t need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You need to tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income.

You can do this from 3 July 2017 using your:

You only need to tell us once for both Child Care Benefit and Family Tax Benefit. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

We'll also assess if you're eligible for any supplements. You’ll only be eligible for FTB Part A supplement if your income is $80,000 or less.

Balancing FTB payments

You’ll be paid your final FTB payment for 2016-17 between 4 and 17 July 2017. Once you receive this final payment and you’ve confirmed your income, we’ll balance your payments. If eligible, you should be paid any FTB supplements or top up payments within 7 days. If we need more information, we’ll show this in your online account. In these circumstances, it will take us longer to balance your payments.

Assessing child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from Monday 24 July 2017. This is to make sure we’ve receive attendance information from your child care provider. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You were single and need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You should lodge a tax return as soon as possible. Once you’ve lodged your tax return you don’t need to do anything else.

We'll also assess if you're eligible for any supplements. You’ll only be eligible for FTB Part A supplement if your income is $80,000 or less.

Balancing FTB payments

We’ll usually balance your payments within 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

Assessing child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from Monday 24 July 2017. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We also need your actual income details from the ATO. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You have a partner and you both don’t need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You and your partner need to tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income.

You can do this from 3 July 2017 using your:

You only need to tell us once for both Child Care Benefit and Family Tax Benefit. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

Balancing FTB payments

You’ll be paid your final FTB payment for 2016-17 between 4 and 17 July 2017. Once you receive this final payment and you’ve confirmed your income, we’ll balance your payments. If eligible, you should be paid any FTB supplements or top up payments within 7 days. You’ll only be eligible for FTB Part A supplement if your income is $80,000 or less.

If we need more information, we’ll indicate this in your online account. In these circumstances, it will take us longer to balance your payments.

Assessing child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from Monday 24 July 2017. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You and your partner need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You should both lodge your tax returns as soon as possible. Once you’ve lodged your tax returns you don’t need to do anything else.

Balancing FTB payments

We’ll usually balance your payments within 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

Assessing child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from Monday 24 July 2017. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We also need your and your partner’s actual income details from the ATO. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

Your partner needs to lodge a tax return, but you don’t

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You need to tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income.

You can do this from 3 July 2017 using your:

You only need to tell us once for both Child Care Benefit and Family Tax Benefit. You don’t need to include FTB or child care payments as income.

Your partner needs to lodge their tax return. They won’t need to call or do anything else.

Balancing FTB payments

We’ll usually balance your payments within 28 days from when your partner receives their Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

Assessing child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from Monday 24 July 2017. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We also need your partner’s actual income details from the ATO, and confirmation that you don’t need to lodge. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You need to lodge a tax return, but your partner doesn’t

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You need to lodge a tax return. You’ll also need to confirm your partner’s income.

You may able to provide this information to us from 3 July 2017 via your Centrelink online account through myGov. If this option isn’t available, your partner will need to provide this information to us directly.

Balancing FTB payments

We’ll usually balance your payments within 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment from the ATO.

Assessing child care payments

We assess child care payments separately from FTB. We’ll start reviewing these payments from Monday 24 July 2017. This is to make sure we’ve received attendance information from your child care provider. We also need your actual income details from the ATO, and confirmation that your partner doesn’t need to lodge. We’ll usually finalise your payments within 2 weeks.

You want to claim family assistance or child care payments for 2016-17

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You need to submit a lump sum claim for Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Benefit (CCB) for the 2016-17 financial year. The best way to do this is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov after 1 July 2017.

When you claim CCB we’ll also assess your eligibility for Child Care Rebate (CCR). Even if your income is too high to receive CCB, you still need to submit a claim for CCB to have your CCR assessed.

Read more about claiming FTB and claiming CCB.

Before we assess your payments

You need to:

  • lodge a lump sum claim, and
  • lodge a tax return or tell us you don’t need to lodge

You have until 30 June 2018 to lodge a lump sum claim and confirm your income for FTB.

Before we can assess your claim, you need to lodge tax returns or advise us you or your partner aren’t required to lodge.

When you claim CCB as a lump sum, you’ll also receive any CCR you’re eligible for as a lump sum.

You don’t need to contact us. We’ll send you a letter once we process your payment.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017