1.1.F.58 FTB child rate reduction period

Definition

The FTB child rate reduction period is the period which an individual's FTB child rate (1.1.F.57) is reduced if the health check or immunisation requirements are not met.

An individuals FTB child rate for a child that does not meet the health check requirements before the day the child turns 5 will be reduced from that day (or any later day determined by Centrelink) until the end of the FTB child rate reduction period for the child. The FTB child rate reduction period commences the day of the child's fifth birthday and continues for the number of days in the income year in which the child turned 4 that the individual was entitled to be paid FTB and the individual or their partner received an income support payment.

The FTB child rate paid by instalment for a child that does not meet the immunisation requirements by the end of a 63 day grace period will be reduced during the FTB child rate reduction period. The FTB child rate reduction period commences the day Centrelink notifies the individual that a child does not meet the immunisation requirements and ends the day the immunisation requirements are met for the child. Where an individual claims FTB for a past period and the child does not meet the immunisation requirements on the day the claim is determined, the individual's FTB rate for that child is reduced as a lump sum.

Act reference: FAAct section 61A Reduction in FTB child rate unless health check requirement satisfied, section 61B Reduction in FTB child rate unless immunisation requirements satisfied

Policy reference: FA Guide 1.1.F.57 FTB child rate

Last reviewed: 2 July 2018