Information for parents of teenagers
The age of your child impacts what payments and services you and they can access. Some payments and services can be accessed at multiple ages.
The age of your child affects your eligibility for:
- Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A
- FTB Part B
- Child Care Subsidy.
It also impacts their ability to claim payments and access services in their own right.
If you’re the parent of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student or apprentice, you can claim ABSTUDY. We pay it for children in both primary and secondary study. There are 7 ABSTUDY awards that help us work out which payments you can get. This means there are options whether your child moves away from home for study, or remains at home.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule covers eligible children and teenagers 2 to 17 years old.
When your child turns 13, your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A and Part B will change. So may your Child Care Subsidy. Your child can also sign an application for a Tax File Number (TFN).
When your child turns 14, they can get their Medicare and immunisation history statements. They can also get a bank account.
When your child turns 15, there are some changes for your and your child’s Medicare card.
When your child turns 16, your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) may change. Your child may be eligible for a payment. They can also register as an organ donor.
Your child turning 18 or stopping school may affect Family Tax Benefit (FTB), child support and their eligibility for payment. Turning 18 will also end their Child Dental Benefit Schedule cover.
Page last updated: 29 March 2019
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