What happens when your child turns 19

When your child turns 19, your eligibility for Family Tax Benefit (FTB) stops. There are also some things to know if they start tertiary study.

At 19, your child can also:

You can also read more about what happens with FTB if your child:

FTB Part A

We may pay FTB Part A until the end of the calendar year in which your child turns 19. When FTB Part A stops depends on when you child completes study. If they’re still studying, they may be eligible for Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY.

Tertiary study

If your child is intending to continue to tertiary studies, they may be able to claim a payment from us.

Your income will continue to impact your child’s eligibility for payments until they’re independent. This is usually when they turn 22.

Your child can find out more about leaving school and doing further study or entering a trade or full time work.

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: 28 September 2023.
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