What happens when your child turns 14

When your child turns 14, they can get their Medicare and immunisation history statements. They can also get a bank account.

At 14, your child can apply for a tax file number (TFN) without your help. Find out more about applying for a TFN on the Australian Taxation Office website.

They may also be able to get a job. If they do and you get FTB, it won’t affect your rate. Read more about employment for teenagers and FTB.

Your child may also be eligible for Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

If you have a child with disability, you may continue to qualify for Child Care Subsidy until they’re 18. Read more about Child Care Subsidy.

Medicare history statement

When a child turns 14, you’ll no longer have access to their Medicare claims history online. Your child won’t have access to it either.

If you need to request their Medicare claims history use the Request for Medicare claims information form.

Immunisation history statement

The immunisation history statement shows all vaccines recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) by vaccination providers. It also shows any vaccines that are due or overdue.

Once your child turns 14, you’ll no longer be able to access their immunisation history statement. They’ll be able to view it using their Medicare online account through myGov. They can also use the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.

Your child can also request a statement either:

It can take up to 10 business days to get the statement in the post. Read more about the AIR.

Bank account

When your child turns 14, they may be able to open their own bank account without your help. This depends on the bank or building society the child is with.

Getting Medicare benefits

Your child must update their bank details to get Medicare benefits. They need to do this whether they have their own Medicare card or choose to stay on your card.

Page last updated: 4 April 2024.
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