Check if you're eligible before you start your claim. There are 6 steps to claim Family Tax Benefit. Before you start, check you can receive it and when to claim.
- decide how you will receive your payment - fortnightly or annually
- submit your claim online
- provide supporting documentation
- we'll assess your claim and advise you of the outcome
You can submit your claim for FTB up to 3 months before your child is born or enters your care.
There are 2 ways to claim FTB:
- fortnightly, or
- as a lump sum at the end of the financial year
Once you've started your claim, you’ll have:
- 14 days to submit your supporting documents, and
- 28 days to submit your tax file number (TFN) and bank account details
The earlier you submit all your required documents the faster we assess your claim.
It’s easiest to apply online. Follow the steps to claim FTB below.
If you can’t apply online, you can complete one of these forms:
- if claiming fortnightly, use the Claim for Paid Parental Leave and Family Assistance form
- if claiming as a lump sum, use the Claim for an annual lump sum payment of FTB for the 2017–18 financial year form
Steps to claim FTB
1. Create accounts and link them
You’ll need to link your Centrelink account with your myGov account.
If you already have a Centrelink account linked to myGov, you can start your claim.
2. Get your information ready
You’ll need to include personal details in your claim, such as your family’s income details and bank account details. It’s best to have this information ready before you start your claim.
Read more about what you’ll need for your claim.
3. Choose how you’ll claim FTB
There are 2 ways you can claim FTB.
If you claim fortnightly, there are a number of ways you can choose to receive FTB. Read more about your payment choices.
If you claim as a lump sum, you need to submit your claim by 30 June of the following financial year. Read more about the time period for submitting lump sum claims.
Read the information booklet if you claim as a lump sum.
4. Start your claim
The easiest way to do this is online. Sign into myGov and go to your Centrelink online account to start your claim. Once you’re signed in, select:
- Make a claim
- Start a New Claim
- Families, then
- Get started
Once you answer all the questions, select Submit your claim.
5. Give us your supporting documents
We’ll tell you what supporting documents you need to give us to complete your claim.
If you’re having a baby or adopting a child, you’ll need to submit proof of birth or adoption before we can pay you.
6. Check your myGov Inbox
We’ll let you know the outcome of your claim through your myGov Inbox.
Remember, if you claimed before your child was born or adopted, you need to submit proof of birth before we can finalise your claim.
Your claim could take longer to process if there’s information missing from your claim.
Checking your claim
The best way is to check your myGov Inbox for updates. We’ll contact you here if we need more details for your claim.
If you haven’t heard from us, you should check you have given us all documents before contacting us. If you’ve submitted your claim and all requested documents, you can call the Families line.
You have the right to appeal any decision we make. Read more about reviews and appeals.
In this section
You’ll need some information to start your claim for Family Tax Benefit. Once you’ve submitted your claim, you’ll also need to provide supporting documents.
Proof of birth or adoption
You need to give us proof of your child’s birth or adoption before we can finalise your claim for Parental Leave Pay, Family Tax Benefit or Dad and Partner Pay.
Confirm your identity
You may need to confirm your identity when you claim a payment or service.
You can choose how you receive Family Tax Benefit if you claim it fortnightly.
You have 1 year to submit a lump sum claim for family assistance and confirm your income for that financial year.
Reviews and appeals
If you disagree with a decision we've made, you have the right to ask us to review our decision.