2.2.1 FTB Eligibility Criteria for Individuals
FTB eligibility for individuals
An individual is eligible for FTB if:
- they have at least one FTB child in their care (for at least 35% of the time), or
- they are not an absent overseas individual and have at least one regular care child who is also a RA child, and
- the individual is an Australian resident (1.1.A.130), or
- they are an SCV holder residing in Australia, or
- they are the holder of a visa approved by the Minister for the purposes of Social Security Act 1991 subparagraph 729(2)(f)(v), and
- their rate of FTB is greater than nil, and
- no other provision applies to make them ineligible for FTB.
Act reference: FAAct section 21 When an individual is eligible for FTB in normal circumstances, section 3(1)-'Australian resident', section 58 Rate of FTB
SSAct section 729 Qualification for special benefit
Policy reference: FA Guide 2.1.1 FTB Child & Regular Care Child, 126.96.36.199 Residence Requirements, 188.8.131.52 Verifying Residency/Citizenship, 3.1 FTB Rate Calculation, 4.2.1 Summary of the FTB Claim Process, 184.108.40.206 Regular Care Child
Only one member of a couple is eligible for FTB at a time
Even though both members of a couple may otherwise be eligible for payment/benefit for an FTB or regular care child, only one member of a couple is eligible at a time.
Exceptions: In some circumstances FTB may be shared including by couples in blended families (220.127.116.11) and individuals who claim FTB for a past period prior to separation.
Where both members of a couple claim FTB, a decision as to which person should be paid FTB is based on:
- which person is the primary carer (1.1.P.120), and
- whether there is a written agreement nominating one member of the couple as the person to claim FTB.