Healthy Start for School

If your child is turning 4, they may need to have a health check. If they don’t, your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A rate may reduce.

Who needs to have a health check

Your child may need to have a health check if:

We'll send you a letter if your child needs a health check.

What a health check is

A health check is an assessment of your child’s physical health. It includes 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 from when they turn 3.

Requirements vary in each state and territory.

State or territory Health checks that meet the FTB Part A requirements
ACT

A health check on a child who’s 3 to 3 and a half. You can find details in the Personal Health Record, sometimes called the Blue Book.

A general health check on your child after they turn 3 provided by your local General Practitioner (GP).

NSW

A health check on a child who’s 3 to 4. You can find details in the Personal Health Record called My First Health Record.

A general health check on your child after they turn 3 provided by your local GP.

NT

A health check on a child who’s 3 to 4 under the Healthy Under 5 Kids Program.

A general health check on your child after they turn 3, provided by your local GP.

A compulsory health check done under the NT emergency response.

Qld

A health check on a child who’s 3 to 3 and a half or 4 to 5. You can find details in the Personal Health Record, sometimes called the Red Book.

A general health check on your child after they turn 3, provided by your local GP.

SA

A health check on a child who’s 3 or a pre-school check on a child who’s 4. You can find details in Child Health Record, sometimes called the Blue Book.

A general health check on your child after they turn 3, provided by your local GP.

Tas

A health check on a child who’s 3 and a half, completed by Tasmanian family and child health nurses.

A general health check on your child after they turn 3, provided by your local GP.

Vic

A health check on a child who’s 3 and a half, completed by Victorian maternal and child health nurses.

A general health check on your child after they turn 3, provided by your local GP.

WA

A general health check on your child after they turn 3, provided by your local GP.

A school entry health assessment on a child who’s 3 and a half.

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.

To arrange a health check, talk to your GP, health professional or staff at your health clinic.

Update Healthy Start for School Review

The easiest way to tell us is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov. We’ll send a notification to your online account that you need to complete an update.

If you don’t have a Centrelink online account, you’ll need to use a One Time Access Code (OTAC). We’ll give you this code in the letter we send you.

We’ll only record the date your child had the health check. We don’t record 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 on the families line as soon as possible.

How it affects your payments

If your child turned 4 before 1 July 2018

We’ll withhold part or all of the 2017–18 FTB Part A supplement if:

  • your child hasn’t had a health check, or
  • you haven’t told us your child’s had a health check

The amount we’ll withhold depends on how long you or your partner got:

If we withhold your FTB Part A supplement, you’ll have 1 year to tell us you’ve completed a health check. This year starts from the end of the financial year that your child turned 4. If your child turned 4 in the 2017-18 financial year, you have until 30 June 2019 to tell us.

If you're eligible, we’ll pay you the FTB Part A supplement amount we withheld.

Example

Blake’s child turned 4 in the 2017-18 financial year. Blake has until 30 June 2019 to tell us that she’s done a health check.

If your child turned 4 on or after 1 July 2018

We may reduce your FTB Part A payments for your child, if by the time they turn 5:

  • they haven’t had a health check, or
  • you haven’t told us they’ve had a health check

We’ll contact you if your child isn’t meeting the requirements. We’ll let you know what you need to do before we reduce your payments.

Your FTB Part A payments may reduce by up to $28.28 for the 2018-19 financial year. This amount is subject to an annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase.

We base the reduction on how long you or your partner got FTB Part A and an income support payment.

Immunisation requirements also affect your FTB Part A payment rate. Keep in mind, we’ll only reduce your FTB Part A payments once.

Example

Nat’s child turns 4 on 1 November 2018.

Nat received both an income support payment and FTB Part A for 3 months during the 2018–19 financial year.

Nat has until 31 October 2019 to tell us that her child received a health check.

If Nat doesn’t tell us, we may reduce her FTB Part A payments for that child. This reduction will start from 1 November 2019 and continue for 3 months.

Page last updated: 27 September 2018