Your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payment rate depends on your situation.
To work out your payment rate, we use an income test and look at the age and number of children in your care.
If you share caring responsibilities for a child, your percentage of care will determine your rate.
If you or your partner have a child from a previous relationship in your care, you’ll also need to meet the Maintenance Action Test to receive more than the base rate of FTB Part A. Any child support you receive also affects your payment rate.
The base rate of FTB Part A you can receive for each child is $58.66 per fortnight. This rate won’t change until 1 July 2019.
These are the maximum amounts of FTB Part A you can receive for each child.
|For each child aged||Maximum rate per fortnight||Maximum rate per year|
|0 to 12 years of age||$182.84||$5,504.20|
|13 to 19 years of age in full time secondary study||$237.86||$6,938.65|
|0 to 19 years of age in an approved care organisation||$58.66||$1,529.35|
The figures include the end of year FTB Part A supplement. These fortnightly rates won’t change until 1 July 2019.
Your FTB Part A may also include the following payments.
FTB Part A supplement
This is a yearly payment of up to $737.30 for each eligible child. How much you receive depends on how many children you have in your care and how many days you were eligible for FTB Part A.
It’s paid when we balance your payments after the end of each financial year and once conditions are met. The conditions are:
- your family’s adjusted taxable income must be $80,000 or under
- your child needs to meet the immunisation requirements
- if your child is turning 4 and you get an income support payment, they need a health check
Energy Supplement Part A
You may get Energy Supplement Part A in addition to your FTB Part A.
Read more about Energy Supplement.
Multiple Birth Allowance
You receive $155.12 a fortnight for triplets or $206.64 a fortnight for quadruplets if you receive FTB Part A. You don't need to submit a separate claim.
Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement
You may receive an increase to your FTB Part A if you have a new baby or adopt a child.
Read more about Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.
You may be eligible for Rent Assistance if you receive more than the base rate of FTB Part A.
Read more about Rent Assistance.
Maintenance Action Test
If you or your partner have a child from a previous relationship in your care, you need to take reasonable steps to obtain child support to get more than the base rate of FTB Part A.
This is called the Maintenance Action Test. You can meet this test by applying for a child support assessment. If you or your partner don’t do this, you may only get the base rate of FTB Part A.
If you have a child in secondary school turning 18 this year, contact us to extend your child support assessment to the end of the school year. You must apply before your child turns 18. Otherwise, your child support assessment will end when your child turns 18 and your FTB will reduce to the base rate.
If there is anything that makes it difficult for you or your partner to apply for child support from the other parent, or you or your partner are unsure of what to do, you should call us. Read more about child support and your FTB Part A.
Maintenance Income Test
Generally the more child support you receive, or are entitled to receive, the less FTB you can receive. We use the Maintenance Income Test to work this out.
This test may apply if:
- you receive more than the base rate of FTB Part A, and
- you or your partner receive, or are entitled to receive, child support or spousal maintenance
Read more about the Maintenance Income Test.