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 recipients also have to meet immunisation and/or health check requirements.

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

For more information about family assistance legislation, see the Family Assistance Guide.

Important changes to FTB

  • From 1 July 2019, the FTB Part A higher income free area will increase from $94,316 to $98,988.
  • From 1 July 2019, a 30 per cent taper will apply to FTB Part A recipients with income above the higher income free area. Continue reading about the higher income free area.

FTB 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, 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 timeframe.

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

FTB 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 the Department of Human Services that you and/or your partner are not required to lodge a tax return within the required timeframe.

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

Newborn Supplement and Newborn Upfront Payment

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.

Multiple Birth Allowance

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.

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