Examples if you are partnered

If you’re partnered, find out what you need to do so we can balance your family assistance payments.

Our examples cover the most common situations. You can read the example that best describes your situation.

Example 1. You’re a member of a couple and only got Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You need to confirm your income for the 2019-20 financial year before we can balance your CCS for 2019-20.

To balance your CCS for 2019-20, you and your partner need to confirm your income by 30 June 2021. You do this by either:

  • lodging a tax return
  • telling us you don’t need to lodge and confirming your income.

If you don’t need to lodge you can let us know and confirm your income for the 2019-20 financial year online. Do this using either your:

We also need your partner’s income details. They also need to lodge a tax return or tell us if they don’t need to lodge one. We need this information from both of you before we can balance your payments.

You may also be able to give us these details using your Centrelink online account through myGov or by calling the Families line. If you can’t, your partner will need to do this.

When we'll balance your Child Care Subsidy

We’ll start balancing your CCS for 2019-20 from 10 August 2020, once we confirm your family’s income. This gives us enough time to make sure we have all attendance information from your child care service.

Once we balance your payment, we will send you a letter explaining the outcome.

Example 2. Neither you nor your partner need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

Tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your incomes for the 2019-20 financial year.

You can do this from 1 July 2020 using either your:

You only need to tell us once for both FTB and CCS. You don’t need to include FTB or CCS as income.

We also need your partner’s income details. You may be able to give us these details using your Centrelink online account through myGov or by calling the Families line. If you can’t, your partner will need to do this.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

You’ll get your final FTB payment for 2019-20 between 2 and 15 July 2020. We’ll balance your FTB once both of the following occur:

  • you get your final FTB payment
  • you tell us you and your partner don’t need to lodge tax returns and confirm both your incomes.

When we balance your FTB, we’ll also check if you can get any supplements for the 2019-20 financial year. If you’re eligible, you may get:

You can only get FTB Part A supplement if your combined family income was $80,000 or less.

You can check your balancing status and whether we need more information through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

When we'll balance your Child Care Subsidy

We balance CCS separately to FTB.

We’ll start balancing your CCS for 2019-20 from 10 August 2020, once we confirm your family’s income. This gives us enough time to make sure we have all attendance information from your child care service.

Once we balance your payment, we will send you a letter explaining the outcome.

Example 3. You and your partner both need to lodge a tax return

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You and your partner need to lodge your tax returns before we balance your FTB and CCS.

You can both lodge your tax returns online. To do this, you need to link your ATO online account to myGov. Read about how to lodge online on the ATO website.

Once you’ve lodged your tax return you don’t need to do anything else.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

Once you and your partner have lodged your tax returns, the ATO will send us your income information. This can take up to 28 days from when you and your partner get your Notice of Assessments. Once we have this information, we’ll balance your FTB.

When we balance your FTB, we’ll also check if you can get any supplements for the 2019-20 financial year. If you’re eligible, you may get:

You can only get FTB Part A supplement if your combined family income was $80,000 or less.

You can check your balancing status and whether we need more information through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

When we'll balance your Child Care Subsidy

We balance CCS separately to FTB. We’ll start balancing your CCS for 2019-20 from 10 August 2020, once we confirm your family’s income. This gives us enough time to make sure we have all attendance information from your child care service.

Once we balance your payment, we will send you a letter explaining the outcome.

Example 4. Your partner needs to lodge a tax return, but you don’t

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

Tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income for the 2019-20 financial year.

You can do this from 1 July 2020 using either your:

You only need to tell us once for both FTB and CCS. You don’t need to include FTB or CCS as income.

We also need your partner’s income details. Your partner can lodge their tax return online using myTax. To do this, they need to link their ATO online account to myGov. Read about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

Once they’ve lodged their tax return, they don’t need to do anything else.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

Once your partner has lodged their tax return, the ATO will send us their income information. This can take up to 28 days from when they get their Notice of Assessment. Once we have this information, and you’ve confirmed your income we’ll balance your FTB.

When we balance your FTB, we’ll also check if you can get any supplements for the 2019-20 financial year. If you’re eligible, you may get:

You can only get FTB Part A supplement if your combined family income was $80,000 or less.

You can check your balancing status and whether we need more information through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

When we'll balance your Child Care Subsidy

We balance CCS separately to FTB.

We’ll start balancing your CCS for 2019-20 from 10 August 2020, once we confirm your family’s income. This gives us enough time to make sure we have all attendance information from your child care service.

Once we balance your payment, we will send you a letter explaining the outcome.

Example 5. You need to lodge a tax return, but your partner doesn’t

What you need to do so we can balance your payments

You need to lodge a tax return before we balance your FTB and CCS.

You can lodge your tax return online using myTax. To do this, you need to link your ATO online account to myGov. Read about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

We also need your partner’s details. Tell us if your partner doesn’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm their income. You can do this online using either:

If you can’t do this, your partner will need to give us their details.

When we'll balance your FTB payments

Once you’ve lodged your tax return, the ATO will send us your income information. This can take up to 28 days from when you receive your Notice of Assessment. We’ll balance your FTB once both of the following happens:

  • we have this information
  • you’ve told us your partner doesn’t need to lodge a tax return and confirmed their income.

When we balance your FTB, we’ll also check if you can get any supplements for the 2019-20 financial year. If you’re eligible, you may get:

You can only get FTB Part A supplement if your combined family income was $80,000 or less.

You can check your balancing status and whether we need more information through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

When we'll balance your Child Care Subsidy

We balance CCS separately to FTB.

We’ll start balancing your CCS for 2019-20 from 10 August 2020, once we confirm your family’s income. This gives us enough time to make sure we have all attendance information from your child care service.

Once we balance your payment, we will send you a letter explaining the outcome.

Example 6. You’re partnered and want to claim Family Tax Benefit for 2019-20

What you need to do

You need to submit a lump sum claim for FTB and confirm your income. This is so we can check if you were eligible for FTB in 2019-20. The quickest and best way to lodge a lump sum claim is by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You need to confirm your income before we can finalise your claim. You have until 30 June 2021 to submit a lump sum FTB claim and do 1 of the following:

  • lodge a tax return
  • tell us you don’t need to lodge a tax return and confirm your income.

Your partner will need to do this too.

If you need to lodge a tax return, you can do this online using myTax. You’ll need to link your ATO online account to myGov. Read about how to lodge online at the ATO website.

If you don’t need to lodge a tax return you can let us know and confirm your income as part of your claim.

When we balance your FTB we’ll check if you’re eligible for any supplements.

This includes:

We’ll also check if you’re eligible for the $750 Economic Support Payment. We’ll send you a letter once we’ve assessed your claim.

You can’t claim CCS as a lump sum.

Page last updated: 20 July 2020