Supporting Families with Teenagers

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Updated April 2012

What is it?

From 1 January 2012, Family Tax Benefit Part A has increased for eligible families with dependent 16‑19 year olds who are undertaking full-time secondary study. The maximum rate has increased by up to $161.42 per child per fortnight, to $214.06. 
Depending on the family’s income, Family Tax Benefit Part A was automatically adjusted on 1 January 2012 for families receiving the payment for a dependent child who:

  • is at least 16 years old, and
  • had not turned 19 years old before 1 January 2012, and
  • is in full-time secondary study.

While a child is in full-time secondary study, their income will not affect the rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A their parent or carer may receive.
To receive more than the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A, families with children aged 16-18 years from a previous relationship are also required to provide child support details.
If there is a reason why a child is unable to study, parents or carers should contact the Family Assistance Office.

Other benefits available

From 1 January 2012, families may also be eligible to receive Rent Assistance where they have a child aged 16 to 19 years who is in full-time secondary study.  
Families receiving Family Tax Benefit Part B and/or Multiple Birth Allowance will continue to receive these payments for children in full-time secondary study. From 1 January 2012 these payments are not available for children in tertiary study.
Families not currently receiving Family Tax Benefit for their older teenager are encouraged to use the online Family Tax Benefit-Youth Allowance Comparison Estimator to help work out which payment best suits their circumstances.

Who is eligible?

Families with dependent 16 to 19 year olds who are undertaking full-time secondary study.

How do I apply?

Families are encouraged to use the online Family Tax Benefit-Youth Allowance Comparison Estimator, or speak to a Family Assistance Office staff member.

Who runs it?

The Australian Government.

Contact

Family Assistance Office contacts are located in Medicare offices and Centrelink Customer Service Centres.
Family Assistance Office
Ph: 13 6150
Web: Family Assistance Office