A two part payment that helps with the cost of raising children.
- have a dependent child or full time secondary student younger than 20 years of age who is not receiving a pension, payment or benefit such as Youth Allowance
- provide care for the child for at least 35% of the time
- meet an income test
Eligibility & payment rates
Eligibility for FTB Part A
We pay Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A per child. The amount we’ll pay you depends on your family’s circumstances.
You may be eligible for FTB Part A if you care for a dependent child who is:
- 0 to 15 years of age, or
- 16 to 19 years of age, and
- is in full time secondary study in an approved course leading towards a year 12 or equivalent qualification
- has an acceptable study load, or
- has been granted an exemption
If your child is 16 to 19 years of age and is in full time secondary study, we’ll pay you until the end of the calendar year they turn 19 years of age.
Children that are 16 to 19 years of age who are in home school must be in an approved course leading towards a year 12 or equivalent qualification to meet the study requirements.
You must also meet an income test and residence requirements and care for the child at least 35% of the time.
You’ll need to take reasonable steps to obtain child support if you’re separated from the child’s other parent. Otherwise, you may only be eligible for the base rate of FTB Part A.
We’ll also pay you Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement if you:
- are eligible for FTB Part A
- recently become a parent through birth or adoption
Newborn Supplement is paid for up to 13 weeks with your regular fortnightly FTB Part A payment.
Read about the conditions you need to meet to receive the FTB Part A supplement.
Eligibility for FTB Part B
Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B gives extra assistance to:
- single parents
- non parent carers such as grandparents, great grandparents, and
- couples with one main income
An example of this may be where one parent stays at home to care for a child full time or balances some paid work with caring for a child. This payment is income tested.
If you are a member of a couple, you may be eligible for FTB Part B if you care for a dependent child 12 years of age or younger at least 35% of the time.
If you are a single parent, grandparent or great grandparent carer, you may be eligible for FTB Part B if you care for a child at least 35% of the time and the child is:
- younger than 16 years of age, or
- a full time secondary student, up until the end of the calendar year in which they turn 18 years of age
To tell us you are a grandparent carer, call us.
Home schooling for children 16 to 19 years of age does not satisfy study requirements for FTB.
The rate of FTB Part B is based on an income test. You also need to meet residence requirements.
Neither you nor your partner can receive FTB Part B during your Paid Parental Leave period, but it may be paid after your Paid Parental Leave period ends.
You may be eligible for FTB Part B if you are a:
- foster carer
- great grandparent, or
- another non parent carer
To get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement and Child Care Benefit your child must meet immunisation requirements.
Payment rates for FTB Part A
Your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payment rate depends on your situation.
Payment rates for FTB Part B
The amount of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B you receive usually depends on the age of your youngest child.
Income test for FTB Part A
How much Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A you receive depends on your family’s income.
Income test for FTB Part B
Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B is for single parents and couples where the primary earner earns up to $100,000 a year.
Support for grandparent carers
Extra assistance if you are a grandparent caring for your grandchildren.
When your child completes year 12 or ceases study
Your payments will stop when your child reaches a certain age and study level. If your child is 16 to 19 years of age, your payments will stop:
- from the date your child stops studying without completing year 12 or an equivalent qualification
- 28 days after your child completes their year 12 or an equivalent qualification if completed before November
- on 31 December if your child completes year 12 or an equivalent qualification in November or December, or
- on 31 December if your child is 19 years of age and still in full time secondary study
Adjusted taxable income
Your adjusted taxable income will be used to assess your eligibility for some payments, supplements, support and benefits.
On the day you claim Family Tax Benefit Part A or Part B, you must be living in Australia and either:
- have Australian citizenship
- hold a permanent visa
- hold a Special Category visa, or
- hold a certain temporary visa type, for example a Partner Provisional or Temporary Protection visa
Your child must also meet these rules or be living with you.
To keep getting Family Tax Benefit
You must continue to meet these rules for as long as you get this payment.
Healthy Start for School
If your child is turning 4 years of age, they may need to have a health check for you to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement.
Changes if you receive family payments
A number of changes affect you if you receive family payments.
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- decide how you will receive your payment - fortnightly or annually
- submit your claim online
- provide supporting documentation
We will assess your claim and advise you of the outcome.
Managing your payment
Time period for submitting lump sum claims and confirming income
You have 1 year to submit a lump sum claim for family assistance and confirm your income for that financial year.
Try self service
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
Read more about using self service.
Your family income estimate
We use your family income estimate to work out how much family assistance you get.
Change of circumstances
If you do not tell us when your circumstances change, you may be doing the wrong thing.
Balancing your family assistance payments
We compare your income estimate with your actual income at the end of each financial year. This is to make sure we pay you the correct amount of Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Benefit.
Payment dates for single income support recipients
Single income support recipients will have their payments balanced automatically.
Examples to help you balance family assistance
What you need to do to balance your family assistance payments depends on your circumstances.
You can choose how you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB).
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.
While travelling outside Australia
There are rules about how long your Family Tax Benefit can be paid while you or your dependent children travel outside Australia.
Child support and your FTB Part A
Any child support you get can affect how much Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A you get.
When your child turns 16 years of age
When your child turns 16, you can either keep getting Family Tax Benefit, or your child may be eligible for another payment.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage your money.
Regular deductions using Centrepay
You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.