Family Tax Benefit

Payment choices

You can choose how you receive Family Tax Benefit if you claim it fortnightly.

Choosing the right payment choice for your situation will help reduce the risk of an overpayment.

We’ll recommend a payment choice when you claim. We’ll base it on your family’s circumstances.

FTB Part A payment choices

There are 3 payment choices.

All your FTB Part A fortnightly

This is best if you can accurately estimate your annual income.

The base rate of your FTB Part A fortnightly

This may suit you if it’s difficult to estimate your annual income accurately, but it’s likely to be under $94,316. For example, this could be if your pay changes each week.

We’ll pay you:

All of your FTB Part A after the end of the financial year

You can choose not to receive any FTB Part A throughout the year. This is a zero rate. We pay your FTB Part A after the end of the financial year when we balance your payments.

This payment choice may be best if:

No matter how you receive FTB, you have to take reasonable steps to obtain child support if you care for a child from a previous relationship. If you don’t, you can’t be paid more than the base rate of FTB Part A for the child. Read more about child support and FTB Part A.

FTB Part B payment choices

There are 2 payment choices.

All of your FTB Part B fortnightly

You may want to get all your FTB Part B fortnightly if:

  • you're a single parent, or
  • either you or your partner don't expect to earn income this financial year

All of your FTB Part B after the end of the financial year

This may suit you if you're a couple and:

  • one of you is temporarily not working to care for a child, or
  • the lower income earner isn't confident about estimating their income accurately

We’ll pay your FTB Part B when we balance your payments after the end of the financial year.

Effect of your payment choice on other payments

Your payment choice may affect how you receive:

It can also affect your Extended Medicare Safety Net threshold and your eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement

The way you receive your FTB Part A may affect how you receive Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.

Read more about payment options for Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.

Rent Assistance

You may be able to choose how you receive Rent Assistance. This depends on your FTB Part A payment choice.

If you receive all your FTB Part A fortnightly, you’ll get Rent Assistance fortnightly.

If you receive the base rate of FTB Part A fortnightly, or all of it after the end of the financial year, you can choose to get Rent Assistance:

  • fortnightly, or
  • after the end of the financial year

You’ll need to provide proof you’re renting. Read our online guide and learn how you can submit your documents using your Centrelink online account.

Energy Supplement

If you’re eligible for Energy Supplement, your FTB may affect how you receive it.

Read more about payment options for Energy Supplement.

Adjustments to your FTB Part A and Part B payments

If you choose to receive your FTB fortnightly, we may adjust your ongoing payments automatically. We do this to avoid or reduce the risk of an overpayment.

Changing your payment choice

You can change your payment choice at any time using:

We’ll automatically recommend a payment choice based on your family’s circumstances, but you can change it at any time. Your choice will stay in place until you change it again.

Page last updated: 26 September 2018