Changes if you get family payments
There are some changes that may affect you if you get family payments.
What is changing for Family Tax Benefit (FTB)
The FTB Part A higher income free area will increase from $94,316 to $98,988 on 1 July 2019. After this change, there are no expected increases again until 1 July 2021. Read more about the current income test for FTB Part A.
There are no expected increases to the FTB Part B primary earner income limit until 1 July 2021.
Consistent income treatment
From 1 July 2019 we’ll use the same income test for all families with an adjusted taxable income over $98,988. FTB Part A will reduce by 30 cents for every dollar families earn over this amount.
Read more about the current income test for FTB Part A.
Changes to how we recover money you owe from FTB
From 10 June 2019 if you owe us money, we can recover it from your FTB payments. This includes from your FTB:
- lump sums
- top ups and supplements.
Previously we only used these payments to recover family assistance debts. This change means we can use your FTB payments to recover other Centrelink debts you may have. We’ll do this even if you have a payment arrangement in place. Read more about how to pay us back.
Changes to the work test
The work test for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay changed on 1 January 2020. This could affect you if your child’s birth or adoption is on or after 1 January 2020.
What the new work test gap is
The gap you’re allowed between each work day in the work test period has increased.
If your child’s birth or adoption is before 1 January 2020, you can’t have more than an 8 week gap.
If your child’s birth or adoption is on or after 1 January 2020, you can’t have more than a 12 week gap.
What the new Dangerous Jobs provision is
There is a new Dangerous Jobs provision for Parental Leave Pay.
You may meet the provision if all of the following apply:
- you’re pregnant or the birth mother of a newborn child
- your child’s date of birth is on or after 1 January 2020
- you had to stop work because a workplace hazard was a risk to your pregnancy
- you won't meet the work requirements in the 13 month work test period ending the day before your child’s birth.
If you meet the provision, we’ll move your work test period. It'll no longer be the 13 month period ending the day before your child’s birth. Instead, your 13 month work test period will end the day you stopped work. You’ll still need to meet the work test in this earlier period to be eligible for Parental Leave Pay.
When you claim, you’ll need to give us proof of your circumstances.
Read more about:
There are no expected increases to either of the following until 1 July 2021:
- the Parental Leave Pay income threshold of $150,000
- the Dad and Partner Pay income threshold of $150,000.
Page last updated: 23 January 2020