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Age eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A has changed

The age eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A has changed

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) is paid to families to help with the costs of raising their children.

As of 1 January 2013, there is a change to the age of eligibility for FTB Part A. It will no longer be paid for young people aged 18 years and over, unless the young person is in full-time secondary study. If they are, you can continue to receive payments until the end of the calendar year in which they turn 19.

This means FTB Part A will be paid for:
   children aged up to 16 years
   young people aged 16 to 19 years who are in full-time secondary study (until the end of the calendar year they turn 19), and
   young people aged 16 and 17 years who have completed a Year 12 or equivalent qualification.

You can check the Department of Human Services - Child Support website to see if your child may be eligible for other assistance, such as Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or a Health Care Card.

If you receive child support and have a child in secondary school who is turning 18 this year, you can apply to extend your child support assessment to the end of the school year using Child Support Online Services.

Youll need to apply for an extension before your childs 18th birthday to continue receiving more than the base rate of FTB payment for the rest of the school year.

To read more about FTB Part A, visit  the Department of Human Services Website on FTB

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