2.10.4 Eligible Activities (SKB)

Cessation of SKB

The final instalment of SKB (in respect of the 30 June 2016 bonus test date) was paid in July 2016. For individuals who claim their FTB Part A via a lump sum for the 2015-16 income year, SKB will be paid with their FTB Part A entitlement if eligible.

The following information is relevant to the 2012-13 to 2015-16 income years only.

Eligible activities

Children who undertake eligible activities may be entitled to receive SKB. Eligible activities are activities that fall outside the general definition of primary or secondary study. While most children are in mainstream primary and secondary education there are children who participate in other educational activities.

Eligible activities include:

  • registered home schooling/education,
  • attending special education, i.e. schools for children with disabilities or undertaking a 'Life Skills' course with Disability Employment Services,
  • overseas study.

The same SKB eligibility criteria and rates apply for children undertaking eligible activities as for children in mainstream primary and secondary education.

Children attending special education will be paid at the secondary rate from the calendar year following the year they turned 11 years and 5 months. For example, if a child is aged at least 11 years and 5 months at the end of a calendar year, and attending special education they will attract the secondary rate.

Other circumstances where children may be eligible for SKB

Children under 16 may also be entitled to receive SKB for other reasons that fall outside the general definition of primary or secondary study. These reasons include:

  • exemption from study granted by state/territory education authority, i.e. a child may be granted an exemption from study due to serious illness, and
  • special circumstances.

The same SKB eligibility criteria and rates apply for children who are exempt from study or are not able to study due to special circumstances, as for children in mainstream primary and secondary education.

For FTB children aged 16 to 19 years (up to the end of the calendar year in which they turn 19) who are required to satisfy the FTB activity test, exemptions for the requirement to satisfy the FTB activity test can be applied.

Act reference: FAAct pre-1 May 2014 section 17B(2) FTB activity test

FAAct pre-1 January 2017 section 35UA(6) Eligible activity, section 35UB(4) Eligible activity, section 35UE(6) Eligible activity, section 65B(7) Eligible activity, section 65E(4) Eligible activity

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.10.1 SKB Eligibility Criteria, 3.9 SKB Rate

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017