The age of your child can affect your payments
16 February 2021
If your child had a birthday lately, their age can affect your payments and the services they can get.
There can be changes to payments once a child turns 13 and reaches 19 years old.
Your child’s age can affect your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A or Part B payment rate and eligibility. It can also affect child support and Child Care Subsidy (CCS) payments. Some examples of how their age can affect your payments include:
- CCS is only available for children up to 13 who aren’t attending secondary school.
- When a child finishes secondary school or stops studying after the age of 16, your FTB ends.
- Child support payments normally stop when your child turns 18.
- The Child Dental Benefits Schedule ends when your child turns 18.
As teenagers get older and become more independent, they can apply for some payments and services, including:
- a Tax File Number without help
- Medicare and immunisation history statements
- a bank account
- their own Medicare card.
Take note of the main milestones and let your child know what extra services are available to them as they get older.
Read more about information for parents of teenagers.
Page last updated: 17 February 2021
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