The thought of time spent applying for Government payments or subsidies might be daunting for you, but it may actually be easier than you think!
Whether you’re already receiving a family income support payment or are having your first child and have never claimed or received a cent before, it can be a full-on mission to navigate around and find what you are supposed to fill in and apply for…unless someone conveniently made a list of a possibilities for you to consider…and it just so happens I’ve have done that!
The one thing that has become quite clear to me is that it pays to take the time to set up an online Centrelink account, and definately download the app (click here!) so you can check your mail and payments in one go on your phone or tablet. Then also set up Medicare online and a MyGov account and link it all! You’ll reap the benefits each time you log on, especially at tax time when it’s all there in one handy place…because I don’t know how you are with passwords…but just having the one is good for me!
Family Tax Benefit Part A
You will have to do an income test and have an eligible child in your care at least 35% of the time. You may be eligible if your child is:
- 0 to 15 years of age, or
- 16 to 19 years of age, and
- is in full time secondary study in an approved course leading towards a year 12 or equivalent qualification
- has an acceptable study load, or
- has been granted an exemption
- Children that are 16 to 19 years of age who are in home school must be in an approved course leading towards a year 12 or equivalent qualification to meet the study requirements.
Family Tax Benefit Part B
This is paid to single parents, non-parent carers and couples with one main income. This payment is income tested and paid where one parent stays home full-time or does some part-time work to balance income. If you are a member of a couple, you may be eligible for FTB Part B if you care for a dependent child 12 years of age or younger at least 35% of the time.
If you are a single parent, grandparent or great grandparent carer, you may be eligible for FTB Part B if you care for a child at least 35% of the time and the child is:
- younger than 16 years of age, or
- a full time secondary student, up until the end of the calendar year in which they turn 18 years of age
Neither you nor your partner can receive FTB Part B during your Paid Parental Leave period, but it may be paid after your Paid Parental Leave period ends.
You may be eligible for FTB Part B if you are a:
- foster carer
- great grandparent, or
- another non parent carer
This is a low income, means, residence and mutual obligation tested supplement for the primary carer which ties in with part-time employment, Youth Allowance and New Start Allowance.
To get Parenting Payment you must be the principal carer of a child:
- younger than 8 if you’re single, or
- younger than 6 if you have a partner