Family Tax Benefit
Family Tax Benefit (FTB) is a payment that helps eligible families with the cost of raising children. It is made up of two parts:
- FTB Part A – is paid per-child and the amount paid is based on the family’s circumstances.
- FTB Part B – is paid per-family and gives extra help to single parents and families with one main income.
FTB can be paid either fortnightly or as a lump sum at the end of the financial year.
Families who are eligible for FTB may also be eligible for:
- FTB Part A supplement
- FTB Part B supplement
- Schoolkids Bonus
- Newborn Upfront Payment
- Newborn Upfront Supplement
Find out more, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, at the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.
Important changes to FTB
- Families can no longer receive FTB Part A for a child who is aged 16 to 19 and not in full-time secondary study. Continue reading about Age of eligibility
- Families temporarily residing outside Australia for more than 56 weeks may no longer receive FTB. Continue reading about Receiving payments overseas
- The period in which families can claim FTB as a lump sum and confirm their income has changed from two years to one. Continue reading about the FTB Claim Period
- Families need to have their children meet immunisation requirements to be eligible for the FTB Part A end of year supplement. Continue reading about the FTB Part A Supplement.
- FTB Part A is only paid to families up to the end of the calendar year in which their teenager aged 16 to 19 has completed full-time secondary studies.
- Exemptions will continue to apply for teenagers who cannot work or study due to physical, psychiatric, intellectual or learning disability.
- Teenagers who have finished secondary study may be eligible for other payments and services such as Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY and a Health Care Card. For more information about these payments visit the Department Human Services website.
- The length of time that families can be temporarily overseas and continue to be eligible for FTB has changed.
- From 1 July 2016, the period a person can normally be paid and continue to receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A outside Australia is limited to six weeks. FTB recipients are still able to take multiple overseas trips and retain FTB but will only be paid up to six weeks for each trip.
- Previously, families who were eligible for FTB Part A were able to receive the payment for up to 56 weeks (or three years if before 1 July 2014) while they were overseas. Families, who left Australia before 1 July 2016 and have not returned, retain the 56 week rule until they return to Australia and leave again.
- The new six week rule applies to payments linked to FTB eligibility including the Newborn Supplement, child care payments, and Double Orphan Pension.
- Members of the Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police who are deployed overseas can continue to be eligible while temporarily absent from Australia for up to three years, but they will need to notify the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) so that they can continue to receive their payments while deployed overseas for up to three years.
- Families may also be granted an extension in certain circumstances where the person is prevented from returning to Australia immediately but would otherwise remain eligible in certain grievous situations or where financial assistance is payable under the Medical Treatment Overseas Program.
The period in which families can claim their FTB or Child Care Benefit (CCB) lump-sum and/or confirm income for reconciliation purposes was reduced from two years to one year — this change came into effect on 1 July 2013.
For example, families have until 30 June 2016 to:
- lodge their lump-sum claim for FTB and CCB for the 2014-15 financial year
- lodge their and/or their partner’s, if applicable, relevant income tax return for the 2014-15 financial year or advise Centrelink that they and/or their partner do not need to lodge a tax return for the 2014-15 financial year
- make sure children that need to meet immunisation requirements within the 2014-15 financial year do so
- make sure children that need to meet the health check requirements within the 2014-15 financial year do so.
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 and/or your partner are not required to lodge a tax return within the required timeframes.
Payment of the supplement may also be conditional on meeting specific requirements such as:
- Health check for four year old children: Families who receive income support and whose children turn four during the entitlement year need to ensure their children undergo a health check. It’s important for kids to start school healthy and ready to learn. Continue reading about Healthy Start for School.
- Children aged from 12 months up to and including 19 years must meet immunisation requirements: Families need to ensure their children are fully immunised with the appropriate early childhood vaccination schedule or have an approved exemption to receive the Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement. Continue reading about Extending Immunisation for Young Children
- The FTB Part A supplement, as well as other FTB top-up payments, may be used to offset an individual's outstanding debts.
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 that you and/or your partner are not required to lodge a tax return within the required timeframes.
The FTB Part B supplement, as well as other FTB top-up payments, may be used to offset an individual’s outstanding debts.