The age of your child affects your eligibility for:
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.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule covers part or the full cost of some basic dental services for eligible children and teenagers aged 0 to 17 years old.
Read more about what happens to payments as services as your child gets older.
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 cards.
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.