If you are sharing the care of your child and the amount of time you care for your child changes, this may affect the payments and services you receive.
Centrelink payments and care arrangements
If your child’s care arrangements change this may affect your Centrelink payments, your concession, health care cards or all of them.
Payments for a dependent child
If you have a dependent child in your care, you may be eligible for the following payments:
- Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme
- Dad and Partner Pay
- Double Orphan Pension
- Family Tax Benefit
- Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate
- Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement
- Parental Leave Pay
- Parenting Payment
If a child:
- leaves your care, you may lose some payments
- enters your care, you may become eligible for some payments
Rate of your payments
If you have dependent children, you may be eligible for a higher rate of payment for:
- Disability Support Pension
- Farm Household Allowance
- Newstart Allowance
- Sickness Allowance
- Special Benefit
- Widow Allowance
- Youth Allowance
If a child:
- enters your care, you may be able to receive a higher rate of payment
- leaves your care, you may no longer be eligible to receive the higher rate of payment
Effect on eligibility or payment rate
If care arrangements for your child change, this may affect certain payments including:
- Carer Allowance
- Carer Payment
- Concession and health care cards
- Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance, and
- Rent Assistance
It is important to tell us if your circumstances change to ensure you’re paid at the correct rate.
Child support and care arrangements
If care arrangements change it may affect the child support payments you make or receive.
Read more about how your percentage of care affects your child support payments.
Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A and child support
There is a close link between child support payments and FTB. Any child support you pay or receive may affect the amount of FTB you receive.
If care arrangements change for your child, we may need to change your:
- care percentage
- child support, and
- FTB payments
Any changes we make will be applied regardless of whether:
- you collect child support privately
- we collect and transfer it for you, or
- you have a child support agreement
You may need to give us evidence to support the change in circumstances. You can complete the details of your child’s care arrangements form to give us information about your child’s care arrangements.
Use our online estimators to see how changes in care arrangements may affect your FTB and child support.
Read more about child support and your FTB Part A.
Medicare and care arrangements
If care arrangements change for a child, you may also need to update the details with Medicare. Having children you care for on your Medicare card will make it easier for you. You can access Medicare payments and services, including the Medicare Safety Net for children in your care.
Register or change Medicare details for you or your family using the: