Family Tax Benefit

Changes if your child is 16 to 19

When your child turns 16 or stops studying after they turn 16, your Family Tax Benefit may change.

When your child turns 16

You can keep receiving FTB for your child if they're 16 and:

  • not getting an income support payment in their own right
  • not getting a payment from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Payments from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs include:

  • Veterans’ Children Education Scheme
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme payment

You can keep receiving FTB Part A until your child is 19 if they are:

You can keep receiving FTB Part B until your child is 18 if:

Full time secondary study for FTB

Full time secondary study can include:

  • study leading towards a year 12 qualification
  • an accredited secondary course through a secondary school, TAFE, higher education institution, or special school
  • an Australian Qualification Framework Certificate II or higher qualification issued by a registered training organisation or higher education institution, or
  • Certificate II, III or IV of General Education, the International Baccalaureate or other higher education pre-entry course


You could be exempt if your child can’t study full time. The exemption can be permanent or temporary.

Temporary exemptions can be for up to 12 months. We review these before the exemption period ends.

To check if your child qualifies or if there’s a reason your child isn’t in full time secondary study, call us.

Other payments and services

When your child turns 16, sometimes they become eligible for other payments or services.

In most cases, FTB will still be your family’s payment. Your child can claim a payment in their own right when they:

  • turn 18
  • complete full time secondary study
  • start living away from home, or
  • become independent

If you care for a child with disability or a medical condition, read more about payments for carers and payments for people living with an illness, injury or disability.

When your child stops studying

Your FTB payment will stop when your child reaches a certain age and study level.

If your child is 16 to 19 and Your payments will stop
Stops studying without completing year 12 or an equivalent qualification From the date your child stops studying
Completes year 12 or an equivalent qualification before November 28 days after your child completes their studies
Completes year 12 or an equivalent qualification in November or December On 31 December

Your payments will stop on 31 December if your child is 19 and in full time secondary study.

Page last updated: 23 October 2018