These changes to family payments may affect you

From 1 July 2019 there are some changes that could affect you if you get family payments.

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On 1 July 2019 the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A higher income free area will increase from $94,316 to $98,988. This means if your income is between $94,316 to $98,988 you may see an increase to your FTB Part A.

If your income is above $98,988 there are some changes that will affect you too.

From 1 July 2019 we’ll use the same income test for all families with an adjusted taxable income over $98,988. This means your FTB Part A will reduce by 30 cents for every dollar your family earns over this amount.

We’ll no longer balance your FTB automatically if all of the following apply to you:

  • you get FTB Part A
  • you’re single
  • you got an income support payment for the whole financial year
  • your income support payment reduced to zero because of employment income.

You’ll now have to lodge a tax return with the Australian Tax Office. If you don’t need to lodge a tax return, you’ll need to tell us. You can do this using either your:

  • Centrelink online account through myGov
  • Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

What’s not changing

There are no expected increases to the following until 1 July 2021:

  • the FTB Part B primary earner income limit of $100,000
  • the Parental Leave Pay income threshold of $150,000
  • the Dad and Partner Pay income threshold of $150,000.

Next steps

Find out more about changes if you get family payments

Read more news for families.

Page last updated: 4 June 2019

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