Family Tax Benefit

A two part payment that helps with the cost of raising children.

Eligibility basics

  • 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.

Read more about eligibility

Eligibility for FTB Part B

We pay Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B to single parents, non-parent carers and couples with one main income.

Read more about eligibility

Immunisation requirements

To get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement and Child Care Benefit your child must meet immunisation requirements.

Read more about immunising your children

Payment rates for FTB Part A

Your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payment rate depends on your situation.

Read more about payment rates of FTB Part A

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.

Read more about payment rates of FTB Part B

Income test for FTB Part A

How much Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A you receive depends on your family’s income.

Read more about the income test for FTB Part A

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.

Read more about the income test for FTB Part B

Support for grandparent carers

Extra assistance if you are a grandparent caring for your grandchildren.

Read more about support for grandparent carers

When your child completes year 12 or ceases study

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

Read more about FTB when your child stops studying

Adjusted taxable income

We will use your adjusted taxable income to assess your eligibility for some payments, supplements, support and benefits.

Read more about adjusted taxable income

Residence rules

You must meet the residence rules to be eligible to claim Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B.

Read more about residence rules

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.

Read more about Healthy Start for School health check

Changes if you receive family payments

A number of changes affect you if you receive family payments.

Read more about changes to family payments

Claiming

Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:

  1. decide how you will receive your payment - fortnightly or annually
  2. submit your claim online
  3. provide supporting documentation

We will assess your claim and advise you of the outcome.

Next

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.

Read more about time periods to submit lump sum claims and confirm income

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.

Your family income estimate

Change of circumstances

If you do not tell us when your circumstances change, you may be doing the wrong thing.

Read more about reporting your change of circumstances

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.

Read more about balancing your family assistance payments

Payment dates for single income support recipients

Single income support recipients will have their payments balanced automatically.

Read more about payment dates for single income support recipients

Examples to help you balance family assistance

What you need to do to balance your family assistance payments depends on your circumstances.

Read more about examples to help you balance family assistance

Payment choices

You can choose how you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB).

Read more about payment choices for Family Tax Benefit

Advance payment

You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.

Read more about advance payment

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.

Read more about Family Tax Benefit while travelling 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.

Read more about child support and your FTB Part A

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.

Read more about FTB when your child turns 16 years of age

Resources

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.

Read more about how Centrepay works.

Page last updated: 12 October 2017