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
- From 1 May 2014, 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
- From 1 July 2014, 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
- From 1 May 2014, FTB Part A will be 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 humanservices.gov.au.
- The length of time that families can be temporarily overseas and continue to be eligible for FTB or parental leave payments has changed from 1 July 2014.
- Prior to 1 July 2014, families who received FTB Part A were able to receive the payment for up to three years while they were overseas. However, from 1 July 2014, this reduced to 56 weeks. This means that payments to families who have been temporarily overseas for more than 56 weeks as at 1 July 2014 may have been cancelled, unless an extension has been granted.
- The new rule applies to payments linked to FTB eligibility including the Newborn Supplement, child care payments, and Double Orphan Pension. It also applies to Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay for a child born or adopted on or after 1 July 2014.
- 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.
From 1 July 2013, the period in which families can claim their FTB or Child Care Benefit (CCB) lump-sum and/or confirm income for reconciliation purposes has been reduced from two years to one.
For example, families have until 30 June 2015 to:
- lodge their lump-sum claim for FTB and CCB for the 2013-14 financial year
- lodge their and/or their partner’s, if applicable, relevant income tax return for the 2013-14 financial year or advise Centrelink that they and/or their partner do not need to lodge a tax return for the 2013-14 financial year
- make sure children that need to meet immunisation requirements within the 2013-14 financial year do so
- make sure children that need to meet the health check requirements within the 2013-14 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 are not required to lodge a tax return within the required timeframes.
For some families 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 turning 1, 2 or 5 must be immunised: Families need to fully immunise their young children to receive the Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement. Continue reading about Strengthening 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 you 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 individuals’ outstanding debts.