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 some couple 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 other payments and supplements. These may include:
- FTB Part A supplement
- FTB Part B supplement
- Newborn Supplement and Newborn Upfront Payment
- Multiple Birth Allowance
- Energy Supplement
Find out more, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, at the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.
Important changes to FTB
- From 1 July 2018, FTB Part A recipients will have their payments reduced for each child not meeting immunisation and/or health check requirements, where applicable. This change replaces the previous arrangement where payment of the FTB Part A supplement was conditional upon these requirements being met. Continue reading about Health Checks and Immunisation.
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, and is only paid to families with adjusted taxable income of $80,000 or less.
Payment of the supplement is conditional on you and/or your partner lodging a tax return (if required) or informing the Department of Human Services that you and/or your partner are not required to lodge a tax return within the required timeframes.
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 the Department of Human Services 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.
The Newborn Supplement and Newborn Upfront Payment aim to help families care for their newborn baby, recently adopted child or child aged under one year who has been entrusted into their care for a continuous period of at least 13 weeks.
The Newborn Supplement and Newborn Upfront Payment are available to families who are eligible for FTB Part A, where Parental Leave Pay is not paid for that child.
Families with at least three children born during the same multiple birth may be eligible for Multiple Birth Allowance until the children are 16 years of age, or if at least three of the children are in full-time study, until the end of the calendar year in which they turn 18.