2.1.3.50 Healthy Start for School Requirements (FTB)

Summary

If a parent/carer receives both FTB Part A and an income support payment on any day that they are also receiving FTB, and their FTB child turns 4 in that income year, an age-appropriate health check must be undertaken in order for the parent/carer to be eligible for the FTB Part A supplement for that child in that year.

This topic covers the following:

  • FTB individuals affected by the health check requirement,
  • timeframe for completing the health check,
  • children taken to meet the health check requirement, and
  • consequences of failing to meet the health check requirement.

Note: From 1 July 2016, the FTB Part A supplement is subject to an income test. If an individual's ATI (which includes the ATI of their partner if any) is more than $80,000 for the relevant income year, then the individual's FTB Part A supplement in relation to that year will be nil.

Act reference: FAAct section 61A FTB Part A supplement to be disregarded unless health check requirement satisfied

FTB individuals affected by the health check requirement

An individual who is the parent (1.1.P.10) of an FTB child, or who is partnered to the parent of an FTB child, and they or their partner receives an income support payment (1.1.I.50) on any day that they are also receiving FTB, and that FTB child turns 4 in an income year, they are required to make sure their child has undergone the recognised health check (2.1.3.60) and notify Centrelink that the health check requirement is met.

Non-parent carers have the same obligation only if the child is an FTB child of the individual on at least 182 days in the income year, including the last day of the income year.

Note: Where an income support payment is retrospectively paid for a period during the income year in which the child turns or has turned 4, this can cause the health check requirement to apply to the individual.

Act reference: FAAct section 61A(1) Parents of FTB children, section 61A(2) Other FTB recipients

Timeframe for completing the health check

For income years from 2012-13, a recognised health check must be completed and Centrelink must be notified by the end of the first income year after the income year in which the child turned 4.

Example: Jayde turns 4 in the 2012-13 income year. The health check must be completed and Centrelink notified by 30 June 2014.

For income years prior to 2012-13, the health check must be completed and Centrelink must be notified by the end of the second income year after the income year in which the child turned 4.

Example: Ebony turns 4 in the 2011-12 income year. The health check must be completed and Centrelink notified by 30 June 2014.

If the child dies at any time within the 2 year timeframe for income years prior to 2012-13, the health check requirement will not apply in relation to the child and the individual entitled to FTB Part A in relation to the child will receive the FTB Part A supplement for the relevant income year as normal. Similarly, if the child dies before the end of the first income year where the relevant income year is 2012-13 or later, the same rule applies.

Act reference: FAAct section 61A(1) Parents of FTB children, section 61A(2) Other FTB recipients, section 61A(3) Death of the FTB child

Children taken to meet the health check requirement

Where the FTB child is taking or has already undertaken health assessments suitable to their particular circumstances, the child is taken to meet the health check requirement. In these cases an additional health assessment is not required.

Children in this category are:

  • A child who qualifies their carer for CP, CA or a HCC (because the carer is qualified for CA for the child, either alone or with another care receiver) during the income year in which the child turns 4 or within the subsequent 2 income years for income years prior to 2012-13.
  • For income years from 2012-13 onwards, a child who qualifies their carer for CP, CA or a HCC (because the carer is qualified for CA for the child, either alone or with another care receiver) during the income year in which the child turns 4 or within the following income year.
  • A child assessed by a registered medical practitioner as having a severe disability or severe medical condition and who has undergone, within the period from when the child turned 3 years of age, until the end of the second income year after the income year in which the child turned 4, an assessment suitable to their needs conducted by a suitably qualified health professional for income years prior to 2012-13. Similarly, if the child is assessed by a registered medical practitioner as above before the end of the first income year where the relevant income year is 2012-13 or later the same rule applies.

Act reference: FAAct section 61A(7) Children taken to meet health check requirement

Family Tax Benefit (Meeting the Health Check Requirement) Determination 2011 Part 3 Classes of children taken to meet the health check requirement

Consequences of failing to meet the health check requirement

If the health check requirement applies and is not met, or the individual does not notify Centrelink that a health check has been completed by the end of the first income year after their child turned 4 for income years after 2012-13, part or all of their FTB Part A supplement for the child will be withheld, even if the individual meets the tax lodgement requirements for that income year.

The individual's FTB Part A supplement will be reviewed if the health check requirement is met by the end of the first income year after the income year in which their child turned 4 for income years after 2012-13.

Act reference: FAAct section 61A(1) Parents of FTB children, section 61A(2) Other FTB recipients

Last reviewed: 20 March 2017