A two part payment that helps with the cost of raising children.
- have a dependent child or full time secondary student younger than 20 years of age who is not receiving a pension, payment or benefit such as Youth Allowance
- provide care for the child for at least 35% of the time
- meet an income test
Eligibility & payment rates
Eligibility for FTB Part A
We pay Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A per child. The amount we’ll pay you depends on your family’s circumstances.
Eligibility for FTB Part B
We pay Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B to single parents, non-parent carers and couples with one main income.
To get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement and Child Care Benefit your child must meet immunisation requirements.
Payment rates for FTB Part A
Your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payment rate depends on your situation.
Payment rates for FTB Part B
The amount of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B you receive usually depends on the age of your youngest child.
Income test for FTB Part A
How much Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A you receive depends on your family’s income.
Income test for FTB Part B
Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B is for single parents and couples where the primary earner earns up to $100,000 a year.
Support for grandparent carers
Extra assistance if you are a grandparent caring for your grandchildren.
When your child completes year 12 or ceases study
Your FTB payment will stop when your child reaches a certain age and study level.
Adjusted taxable income
We will use your adjusted taxable income to assess your eligibility for some payments, supplements, support and benefits.
You must meet the residence rules to be eligible to claim Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B.
Healthy Start for School
If your child is turning 4 years of age, they may need to have a health check for you to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement.
Changes if you receive family payments
A number of changes affect you if you receive family payments.
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- decide how you will receive your payment - fortnightly or annually
- submit your claim online
- provide supporting documentation
We will assess your claim and advise you of the outcome.
Managing your payment
Time period for submitting lump sum claims and confirming income
You have 1 year to submit a lump sum claim for family assistance and confirm your income for that financial year.
Try self service
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
Read more about using self service.
Your family income estimate
We use your family income estimate to work out how much family assistance you get.
Change of circumstances
If you do not tell us when your circumstances change, you may be doing the wrong thing.
Balancing your family assistance payments
We compare your income estimate with your actual income at the end of each financial year. This is to make sure we pay you the correct amount of Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Benefit.
Payment dates for single income support recipients
Single income support recipients will have their payments balanced automatically.
Examples to help you balance family assistance
What you need to do to balance your family assistance payments depends on your circumstances.
You can choose how you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB).
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.
While travelling outside Australia
There are rules about how long your Family Tax Benefit can be paid while you or your dependent children travel outside Australia.
Child support and your FTB Part A
Any child support you get can affect how much Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A you get.
When your child turns 16 years of age
When your child turns 16, you can either keep getting Family Tax Benefit, or your child may be eligible for another payment.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage your money.
Regular deductions using Centrepay
You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.
Read more about how Centrepay works.