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
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
From the main menu:
- select My Family
- then select Family assistance
- 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.
Your FTB may be impacted if your family income changes or you have a child 16 or older who doesn’t meet their study requirements.
From 4 August 2020, you’ll need to start meeting your mutual obligation requirements.
Page last updated: 18 November 2020
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