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:
- the base rate of your FTB Part A fortnightly, and
- any other FTB Part A we owe you when we balance your payments after the end of the financial year
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:
- you can’t estimate your annual income accurately, and
- your income is high, but is likely to be under the income limit.
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:
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.
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.
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:
- your Centrelink online account through myGov by selecting Payment choice under the Family Assistance menu
- your Express Plus Centrelink mobile app by selecting Payment choices under the Family Tax Benefit heading found in the My finances tile
- phone self service
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.