Changes if you get family payments

There are some changes that may affect you if you get family payments.

What is changing for Family Tax Benefit (FTB)

Income thresholds

The FTB Part A higher income free area will increase from $94,316 to $98,988 on 1 July 2019. After this change, there are no expected increases again until 1 July 2021. Read more about the current income test for FTB Part A.

There are no expected increases to the FTB Part B primary earner income limit until 1 July 2021.

Consistent income treatment

From 1 July 2019 we’ll use the same income test for all families with an adjusted taxable income over $98,988. FTB Part A will reduce by 30 cents for every dollar families earn over this amount.

Read more about the current income test for FTB Part A.

Changes to how we recover money you owe from FTB

From 10 June 2019 if you owe us money, we can recover it from your FTB payments. This includes from your FTB:

  • arrears
  • lump sums
  • top ups and supplements.

Previously we only used these payments to recover family assistance debts. This change means we can use your FTB payments to recover other Centrelink debts you may have. We’ll do this even if you have a payment arrangement in place. Read more about how to pay us back.

What is changing for Paid Parental Leave scheme

Changes to the work test

The work test for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay is changing. This could affect you if your child’s birth or adoption is on or after 1 January 2020.

Increase to work test gap

You currently can’t have more than an 8 week gap between each work day in the work test period. This will increase to 12 weeks if your child’s birth or adoption is on or after 1 January 2020. This means to meet the work test the gap between each work day can be no more than 12 weeks.

If your child’s birth or adoption is before this change, we’ll apply the current work test rules to your claim.

Dangerous Jobs provision

There will be a new Dangerous Jobs provision for Parental Leave Pay.

It may relate to you if all of the following apply:

  • you’re pregnant or the birth mother of a newborn child
  • your child’s date of birth is on or after 1 January 2020
  • you had to stop work because a workplace hazard was a risk to your pregnancy
  • you won't meet the work requirements in the 13 month work test period ending the day before your child’s birth.

If you meet the provision, we’ll move your work test period. It will no longer be the 13 month period ending the day before your child’s birth. Instead, your 13 month work test period will end the day you stopped work. You’ll still need to meet the work test in this earlier period to be eligible for Parental Leave Pay.

When you claim, you’ll need to give us proof of your circumstances.

Read more about:

Income thresholds

There are no expected increases to the following until 1 July 2021:

  • the Parental Leave Pay income threshold of $150,000
  • the Dad and Partner Pay income threshold of $150,000.

Read about who can get Parental Leave Pay and who can get Dad and Partner Pay.

Page last updated: 4 November 2019