The rules to get FTB for parents of Indigenous kids are changing

1 November 2019

From 1 January 2020, if your kid gets ABSTUDY you could keep your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) longer.

This change means, instead of FTB stopping when your kid turns 16, you could get it until they’ve either:

  • finished Year 12
  • turned 19.

Your kid must be getting means tested ABSTUDY Living Allowance or School Fees Allowance (Group 2) and be:

  • doing full time secondary study
  • approved to live away from home to study
  • boarding to attend school.

What you need to do

If you get FTB for other kids, there’s nothing you need to do. On 1 January 2020, we’ll add your eligible ABSTUDY kid to your FTB. We’ll send you a letter to confirm your new rate.

If you don’t get FTB, we’ll contact you in December or early January and help you restart your payment. We’ll try to call you to do this. If we can’t reach you, we’ll send you a letter in the post.

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Page last updated: 6 November 2019