These changes to family payments may affect you
4 June 2019
From 1 July 2019 there are some changes that could affect you if you get family payments.
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.
Find out more about changes if you get family payments.
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Page last updated: 4 June 2019