Change of circumstances
If you don’t tell us when your circumstances change, you may be doing the wrong thing.
For example, you need to tell us if you:
- change your address
- become partnered
- separate from your partner
- or your partner don’t have to lodge a tax return.
You also need to tell us if your:
- or your partner’s income changes
- child care arrangements change
- child starts or stops full time secondary study from the day they turn 16
- child leaves your care
- care arrangements change
- child dies
- child is in a prison or juvenile justice centre as a result of a court order.
Doing the right thing is easy:
- tell us about changes to your circumstances as soon as possible
- regularly check your information is up to date through your myGov account.
It’s never too late to report a change. By telling us we can help make sure you get the right payment.
If you get payments you’re not eligible for, you may have to pay us back, plus a recovery fee. Repaying a debt may be difficult, but not telling us when your circumstances change could lead to serious consequences. If you deliberately don’t tell us when your circumstances change, you could be committing fraud.
Read more about how to avoid committing fraud.
For help, use our online guide to update your child’s education details for Family Tax Benefit.
Page last updated: 8 May 2019