Family Tax Benefit

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A helps families with the costs of raising children and is paid for each child. 

FTB Part B is a per-family payment for single parents and for two parent families where one parent is on a low income or not in paid employment.

Find out more, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, at the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.

Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement

The FTB Part A supplement is part of the annual rate of FTB Part A and is paid for each FTB child. The supplement is only available after the end of the financial year, after FTB has been reconciled.

Payment of the supplement is conditional on you and/or your partner lodging a tax return (if required) or informing Centrelink that you are not required to lodge a tax return.

For some families payment of the supplement may also be conditional on meeting specific requirements such as:

The FTB Part A supplement, as well as other FTB top-up payments, may be used to offset an individual's outstanding debts.

Family Tax Benefit Part B supplement

The FTB Part B supplement is part of the annual rate of FTB Part B per family. The supplement is only available after the end of the income year once FTB has been reconciled.  

Payment of the supplement is dependent on you and/or your partner lodging a tax return (if required) or informing Centrelink you are not required to lodge a tax return.

The FTB Part B supplement, as well as other FTB top-up payments, may be used to offset individuals’ outstanding debts.

Changes to the time period for lodging lump sum claims and confirming income

From 1 July 2013, the period in which families can claim their Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Benefit lump-sum and/or confirm income for reconciliation purposes has been reduced from two years to one.

Families have until 30 June 2014 to:

  • lodge their lump-sum claim for Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Benefit for the 2012-13 financial year;
  • lodge their, and/or their partner’s if applicable, relevant income tax return for the 2012-13 financial year or advise Centrelink that they and/or their partner do not need to lodge a tax return  for the 2012-13 financial year;
  • make sure children that need to meet immunisation requirements within the 2012-13 financial year do so;
  • make sure children that need to meet the health check requirements within the 2012-13 financial year do so.

You still have until 30 June 2014 to lodge lump sum claims and confirm income for the 2012‑13 financial year.

For more information about the changes to the claim and lodgement period for family assistance visit the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.

Content Updated: 19 November 2013