Centrelink payments and care arrangements

If a child’s care arrangements change, this may affect your Centrelink payments.

It’s important to tell us if your circumstances change so you’re paid the right amount.

Payments for a dependent child

If you have a dependent child in your care, you may be eligible for the following payments:

If a child:

  • leaves your care, you may stop getting some payments
  • enters your care, you may become eligible for some payments.

Rate of your payments

If you have a dependent child, you may be eligible for a higher rate of payment for:

If a child:

  • enters your care, you may be able to get a higher rate of payment
  • leaves your care, your higher rate of payment may stop.

Effect on other payments

If care arrangements for a child in your care change, this may affect certain payments including:

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) and care arrangements

Changes to the level of care you have for a child may affect your rate of FTB.

You should tell us of any changes to your care arrangements. You can tell us by either:

Read more about how your percentage of care affects your FTB payments.

Page last updated: 3 March 2022