What happens when your child completes year 12?

4 December 2018

Your child completing school signals some big changes for your family, including changes to your payments.

When your child completes year 12 or an equivalent qualification, your Family Tax Benefit for them will stop.

We’ve put together some information to help make this change easy.

What you need to do

You need to make sure we have the correct education details for your child. You can check and update this using your Centrelink online account through myGov. For help to do this, read our update your child’s education details for FTB guide.

When your payment will stop

If your child completes year 12:

  • before November, your FTB will stop 28 days after your child completes their studies
  • in November or December, your FTB will stop on 31 December.

If your child is 16 or older and doesn’t complete year 12 or equivalent, your FTB for them will stop. This will happen from the date they stop studying.

What happens next

There’s help available for your child if they’re either:

  • moving into higher education
  • starting an apprenticeship
  • looking for work.

They can find out about their options when leaving school.

More information

Find out how to update your child’s education details for Family Tax Benefit.

If you have any questions, you can ask us at Family Update on Facebook or tweet @FamilyUpdate AU.

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Page last updated: 4 December 2018