Got a child leaving school?

Your Centrelink payments will change

Hooray – your child has finally reached the school finish line and is finishing Year 12. But did you know this will impact your Family Tax Benefit payments from Centrelink?

Children aged between 16 and 19 years old are only eligible for Family Tax Benefit while they’re in full time study towards Year 12 or an equivalent qualification. So once your child finishes Year 12, they’re no longer eligible for Family Tax Benefit.

So that you’re not hit hard by a drop in your Centrelink payments, start planning now.

So what payments can they get?

Does your child plan to study, start an apprenticeship or look for a job?

  • Then they could be eligible to receive Centrelink’s Youth Allowance
  • Youth Allowance is paid to 16 – 24 year olds who are studying full time, undertaking a full time Australian Apprenticeship, training, looking for work or sick.
  • Apply now! Your child can submit their Youth Allowance claim up to 13 weeks before they start their new course or activity.
  • Once your child starts receiving their Youth Allowance, any Family Tax Benefit payment you receive for them will stop. You can’t receive both payments at the same time.

What other support do Centrelink offer for older children?

What if you receive Child Support?

Got a child support assessment in place?

  • If your child is approaching their 18th birthday but is continuing their full time secondary study, you can apply to have the assessment extended.
  • If approved, you’d then continue to receive child support until the end of the school year in which your child turns 18.
  • But you must apply before your child turns 18 – otherwise you’ll only receive the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A for that child, which may be less than what you are entitled to receive.
  • To apply for an extension, complete the child over 18 in full time secondary education form.
  • Read more about changes of circumstances that affect your child support.