Important information for parents of school leavers

2 October 2020

If your child completes year 12 or stops studying this year, your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) for them may stop.

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If your child completes year 12 in November or December, we’ll stop paying FTB for them on 31 December.

If they complete year 12 before then, your FTB will only continue for 28 days after the date they completed their studies.

If your child stops studying before they complete year 12 or an equivalent qualification, your FTB will stop. This will happen from the date they stop studying. You need to update their study end date to reflect the date they ceased studying. Your child’s school sets the study end date. It’s usually the last day of class or last day of exams, whichever is later.

You can view and update their education details recorded for your child, including their study end date, online. You can do this using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You won’t need to update your child’s study end date to the actual date if both of the following apply:

  • we have their study end date recorded in November or December
  • they complete year 12 or equivalent qualification on or after 1 November.

If these don’t apply, you need to update their study end date to the date they will complete their studies.

Next steps for your child

Your child may be planning to do further study next year. Whether it’s at TAFE, uni or an Australian Apprenticeship, let them know they may be eligible for a student payment.

If your child plans to find a job or study part time, they may get Youth Allowance for job seekers.

The first step for them is to find out what they’re eligible for. They can find this out using our Payment and Service Finder.

They can apply for Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY up to 13 weeks before their course or apprenticeship begins. That way they’ll have their payment when they need it.

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Page last updated: 2 October 2020