Healthy Start for School

If your child is turning 4 years of age, they may need to have a health check for you to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement.

We'll send you a letter if your child needs a health check. This will happen if you or your partner receive FTB Part A and an income support payment such as Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance, or a payment from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

What you need to do

Arrange a health check for your child

This is an age appropriate health check as outlined in the Health check table below. To arrange a health check, talk to your General Practitioner (GP), health professional or health clinic.

Update Healthy Start for School Review

The easiest way to tell us is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov. A notification will appear in your online account that you need to complete.

If you don’t have a Centrelink online account, you’ll need to use the One Time Access Code (OTAC) in your letter.

We’ll only record the date the health check was completed, not the details of the check.

Tell us if you can’t complete a health check for your child

If you can’t complete a health check for your child, call us as soon as possible.

Why you need to tell us

At the end of the financial year we balance your payments to make sure we paid you the right amount of FTB. We’ll also check if you’re eligible for any top up payments, such as the FTB Part A supplement. For the 2017-18 financial year this is a payment of up to $737.30 for your child.

We’ll withhold part or all of the FTB Part A supplement if:

  • a health check isn’t done, or
  • you haven’t told us it’s been done

The amount of FTB Part A supplement we’ll withhold depends on how long you or your partner received FTB Part A and an income support payment from us.

If we withhold your FTB Part A supplement, you’ll have 1 year from the end of the financial year that your child turned 4 to tell us a health check is done. If eligible, we’ll pay you the FTB Part A supplement amount that we withheld.

Example

Sam’s child turned 4 in the 2016-17 financial year. Sam has until 30 June 2018 to tell us a health check was done.

Health check

A health check is an assessment of your child’s physical health, including their height, weight, hearing, sight and general wellbeing. It ensures your child is healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.

Your child can have a health check as early as 3 years of age.

The health check requirements vary in each state and territory.

State/territory Health checks that meet the FTB Part A supplement requirements
ACT
  • A health check on a child 3 to 3 and a half years of age – outlined in the Personal Health Record, sometimes called the Blue Book
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
NSW
  • A health check on a child 3 to 4 years of age – outlined in the Personal Health Record called My First Health Record
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
NT
  • A health check on a child 3 to 4 years of age – under the Healthy Under 5 Kids Program
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
  • A compulsory health check done under the NT emergency response
Qld
  • A health check on a child 3 to 3 and a half years of age or 4 to 5 years of age - outlined in the Personal Health Record, sometimes called the Red Book
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
SA
  • A health check on a child 3 years of age or a pre-school check on a child 4 years of age – outlined in Child Health Record, sometimes called the Blue Book
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
Tas
  • A health check on a child 3 and a half years of age completed by Tasmanian family and child health nurses
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
Vic
  • A health check on a child 3 and a half years of age completed by Victorian maternal and child health nurses
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
WA
  • A general health check on your child after they turn 3 years of age provided by your local GP
  • A school entry health assessment on a child 3 and a half years of age

Page last updated: 12 October 2017