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Family Tax Benefit Part A

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What is Family Tax Benefit Part A?

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) is a 2-part payment for eligible families to help with the cost of raising children. Here is what you need to know about Family Tax Benefit Part A.

If you and your family are affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for additional payments. Visit the Services Australia website for more information.

The Family Tax Benefit is made up of 2 parts:

  • Part A — a payment made per child, depending on the family’s circumstances
  • Part B — a payment made per family to give extra help to families that need it

Family Tax Benefit Part A pays a maximum of $191.24 per fortnight for children up to 12, and $248.78 per fortnight for children up to 19, if they are eligible. The amount you get depends on your income and the ages and number of children in your care. The payments can either be made fortnightly or as a lump sum at the end of the financial year to your bank, credit union or building society. Payments are made to a parent, guardian or an approved care organisation.

Family Tax Benefit Part A can also include a supplement at the end of the financial year after Centrelink balances your family assistance payments. If you are eligible, you may receive a supplement of up to $781.10 for each eligible child in the 2020-21 financial year, and $788.40 for the 2021-22 financial year. How much you get depends on how many children you have in your care, if you share care, your family’s income and the number of days you were eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Family Tax Benefit Part A may also include:

For more information about what you can claim, visit Centrelink’s Payment and Service Finder.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A, you must:

  • Have a Family Tax Benefit child (FTB child) in your care. An FTB child must be aged 0 to 15 years, or be aged 16 to 19 and in full-time secondary education. They must be in your care for at least 35% of the time and not be receiving other benefits, such as Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY.
  • Meet residency requirements. You must be living in Australia and either be an Australian citizen, hold a permanent visa, hold a Special Category visa, or hold a temporary visa such as a Partner Provisional or Temporary Protection visa. The child must meet these residency requirements or be living with you. The payments might be affected if you’re outside Australia. New arrivals to Australia usually wait 1 year before they can get Family Tax Benefit Part A.
  • Meet an income test. You must lodge a tax return at the end of the financial year or notify Services Australia if you are not required to lodge a tax return within the 12 months following the end of the financial year. Services Australia usually works out your income using 2 tests and uses the one that gives you the highest amount. Any child support you receive will affect the payment.

To receive the payment, the child must also meet early childhood immunisation requirements and have a health check if they are turning 4.

To find out more about eligibility, visit the Services Australia website.

How to apply

The easiest way to claim is online. To claim online, you need a myGov account linked to Centrelink. If you don't have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you'll need to set them up.

If you can’t claim online you can either:

For more information on claiming Family Tax Benefit, visit Services Australia.

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Last reviewed: September 2021


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