Single parent or carer family
You won’t be eligible for FTB Part B if your annual adjusted taxable income is more than $100,000.
If your income is $100,000 or less, you can receive the maximum rate of FTB Part B.
Two parents or carers family
You won’t be eligible for FTB Part B if the primary earner earns more than $100,000.
We call the parent or carer with the lower income the secondary earner. We use their income to work out how much FTB B you can receive.
They can earn up to $5,548 each year before it affects your FTB Part B payment.
Your payments will reduce by 20 cents for each dollar of income earned over $5,548.
If you’re the secondary earner and your partner earns $100,000 or less, you can still receive some FTB Part B if your income is below:
- $27,613 a year, if your youngest child is younger than 5 years of age, or
- $21, 499 year, if your youngest child is 5 to 18 years of age
Two parent or carer families can only receive FTB Part B if the youngest child is 12 or younger, unless they are a grandparent carer.
You can’t receive FTB Part B while you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay.
If you receive FTB Part B fortnightly, we’ll automatically adjust your payments to make sure we don’t pay you too much FTB Part B.
Member of a couple
Under social security and family assistance law, you’re considered a member of a couple if you and the person you have a relationship with are:
- in a registered relationship, or
- in a de facto relationship
You’re not considered a member of a couple if you and the person are living separately and apart on a permanent or indefinite basis.
You may still be a member of a couple if you’re not physically living with your partner. For example, your partner may fly-in fly-out or live away for work, such as military or oil rig workers.
- you’re a member of a couple with 1 main income and care for a dependent child aged under 13, or
- you’re a single parent or non-parent carer, or a grandparent carer and care for a dependent child aged under 18. The child must meet study requirements if they’re aged 16 to 18
You must also:
- meet an income test
- meet residence requirements, and
- care for the child at least 35% of the time
You or your partner can’t receive FTB Part B while receiving Parental Leave Pay.
Children 16 to 18 meet the study requirements if they:
- are in full time secondary study in an approved course leading towards a year 12 or equivalent qualification
- have an acceptable study load, or
- have been granted an exemption from us
There is extra support available if you’re caring for your grandchildren. Read more about support for grandparent carers.