Families

Payments

Family Tax Benefit

A 2 part payment that helps with the cost of raising children.

  • have a dependent child or full time secondary student younger than 20 years of age who is not receiving a pension, payment or benefit such as Youth Allowance
  • provide care for the child for at least 35% of the time
  • meet an income test

Parental Leave Pay

A short term payment while you’re on leave from work to care for your new child.

  • be the primary carer of a newborn or newly adopted child
  • individually earned less than $150,000 in the last financial year
  • be on leave or not working whilst receiving Parental Leave Pay
  • have done enough work in the 13 months before to meet the work test

Dad and Partner Pay

A short term payment if you’re a dad or partner on leave from work to help care for your new child.

  • be caring for a newborn or newly adopted child
  • under the income test limit
  • on unpaid leave or not in a job
  • have done enough work in the 13 months before to meet the work test

Child Care Benefit

A payment to help with the cost of day care, outside school hours care, vacation care, pre-school and kindergarten.

  • use approved or registered child care
  • are responsible for paying the child care fees
  • immunise your child

Child Care Subsidy

Assistance to help you with the cost of child care from 2 July 2018.

  • care for a child 13 or under and not attending secondary school, unless an exemption applies
  • use an approved child care service
  • be responsible for paying the child care fees
  • meet residency and immunisation requirements

Parenting Payment

The main income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer.

  • have income under the limits
  • meet principal carer rules and care for a child under 8 if you’re single or under 6 if you’re partnered
  • meet residence rules
  • can’t claim before the birth of a child