Does your child need a health check?

3 August 2020

If you get Family Tax Benefit, your child may need a health check to meet Healthy Start for School requirements.

If your child is turning 4, they may need a health check. If this doesn’t happen, your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A may reduce.

We’ll contact you if your child needs a health check

We’ll send you a letter either online to your myGov Inbox, or in the mail. We’ll also add a task to your Centrelink online account in myGov.

Your child needs to have a health check to meet Healthy Start for School requirements if both these apply:

You have until your child’s 5th birthday to get the check

You need to do the following before your child’s 5th birthday:

  • get a health check for your child at your GP or community health clinic
  • tell us your child’s had their health check.

If you can’t get a health check for your child, call the Families line as soon as possible.

You can tell us online that your child’s had their check

Let us know using your Centrelink online account in myGov.

From the main menu:

  1. select My Family
  2. then select Family assistance
  3. then select Update Healthy Start for School.

Your GP or community health clinic doesn’t tell us your child’s had their check

You’ll need to tell us.

When you do, we’ll need the date your child had their check. But we don’t record details of the check.

Your payment may reduce if you don’t do anything

If your child doesn’t get a health check or you don’t tell us, we may reduce your FTB Part A.

The reduction will start on your child’s 5th birthday and continue for up to 26 fortnights.

Page last updated: 8 September 2020