Family Tax Benefit

How much FTB Part A you can get

The amount of Family Tax Benefit Part A we’ll pay you depends on your situation.

How we work out your payment rate

You need to keep your family income estimate up to date so we pay you the right amount.

We pay FTB Part A for each eligible child. We work out your payment rate:

If you share caring responsibilities for a child, we use your percentage of care to work out your payment rate.

If you or your partner have a child from a previous relationship in your care, you need to meet the Maintenance Action Test. You need to meet this test to get more than the base rate of FTB Part A.

Any child support you get may affect your payment rate. Read more about how child support affects FTB Part A.

Your child may also need to meet immunisation and Healthy Start for School requirements.

If they don’t, we may reduce your FTB Part A payments by up to $28.28 per fortnight, per child.

We’ll contact you if your child isn’t meeting the requirements. We’ll let you know what you need to do before we reduce your payments.

Use our Payment and Service Finder to see how much FTB Part A you may be eligible for.

What is the base rate

The base rate for FTB Part A is $58.66 for each child per fortnight. The base rate isn’t the minimum rate of FTB Part A. You might get less depending on your family’s circumstances.

What is the maximum rate

The maximum rate for FTB Part A depends on the age of the child you get it for.

The maximum rate per child each fortnight is:

  • $182.84 for a child 0 to 12 years 
  • $237.86 for a child 13 to 15 years
  • $237.86 for a child 16 to 19 years who meets the study requirements
  • $58.66 for a child 0 to 19 years in an approved care organisation

What is the FTB Part A supplement rate

You may get a supplement when we balance your payments after the end of the financial year. We call this the FTB Part A supplement.

It’s a yearly payment of up to $737.30 for each eligible child. The amount we’ll pay you depends on:

  • how many children you have in your care
  • if you share care
  • your family’s income, and
  • the number of days you were eligible for FTB Part A

To get the FTB Part A supplement for 2017-18, your child still needs to meet:

Page last updated: 13 July 2018