Families

Payments

Family Tax Benefit

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

  • you have a dependent child or full time secondary student aged 16 to 19 who isn’t 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 payment of $695 a week for up to 2 weeks while you’re on unpaid leave from work to care for your new child.

  • be caring for a newborn or newly adopted child
  • individually earned less than $150,000 in the last financial year
  • not be working or taking paid leave during your Dad and Partner Pay period
  • 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 younger and not attending secondary school, unless an exemption applies
  • use an approved child care service
  • is responsible for paying the child care fees
  • meet residency and immunisation requirements

If you need help transitioning to this new subsidy, use our online guide to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment.

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