Do you have a child from a past relationship in your care?

11 February 2019

We may reduce your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A if you haven’t applied for a child support assessment.

If you or your partner care for a child from a past relationship, you need to apply for child support. You need to do this if you get FTB Part A.

We call this the Maintenance Action Test. You can meet it by applying for a child support assessment. The easiest way to apply is online. We use an income test to work out how much FTB Part A you’ll get.

If you don’t apply for child support you may only get the base rate of FTB part A.

In some circumstances we may grant you an exemption from the Maintenance Action Test.

You have 13 weeks to apply for child support. We’ll start counting this from the latest of either the day:

  • the child was born or entered your care
  • you or your partner separated
  • your percentage of care increased to 35% or more
  • you or your partner first became eligible to apply for child support.

More information

Find out more about child support and your Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Find out more about applying for an assessment.

Read more news for separated parents and news for families.

Page last updated: 11 February 2019