3.6.1 FTB Part A - Historical Rates

Summary

This topic contains historical rates for the following:

Table number Explanation
1 Maximum standard rate of FTB Part A
2 Base rates of FTB Part A
3 FTB Part A supplement
4 ES Part A
5 Rates of large family supplement (LFS), MBA, NBS and NBU
6 FTB child income threshold
7 Maintenance income free area

All rates shown are fortnightly unless indicated otherwise.

Note: Some of the rates listed may have changed or ceased.

Table 1: Maximum standard rate of FTB Part A

The maximum rate of FTB Part A is payable where family income is equal to or less than the income free area for the relevant income year. FTB Part A reduces by 20 cents for each dollar of family income above the lower income free area until the base rate of FTB Part A is reached.

The FTB Part A supplement is a component of the annual maximum FTB Part A rate and is paid after reconciliation. The supplement is not paid by instalment and is therefore not included in the fortnightly rates.

Payable from Child under 13 years (pf) Child 13 to 15 years (pf) Child 16 to 17 years (pf) Child 18 to 24 years (pf) Lower income free area (p.a.)
01/07/2000 $116.20 $147.28 $37.38 $50.12 $28,200
01/07/2001 $122.92 $155.82 $39.48 $53.06 $29,857
01/07/2002 $126.70 $160.72 $40.74 $54.74 $30,806
01/07/2003 $130.48 $165.48 $42.00 $56.42 $31,755
01/07/2004 $133.56 $169.40 $42.98 $57.82 $32,485
01/07/2005 $137.06 $173.74 $44.10 $59.36 $33,361
01/07/2006 $140.84 $179.76 $45.36 $61.04 $40,000
01/07/2007 $145.46 $189.00 $46.90 $63.00 $41,318
01/07/2008 $151.34 $196.84 $48.30 $64.96 $42,559
01/07/2009 $156.94 $204.12 $50.12 $67.34 $44,165
01/07/2010 $160.30 $208.46 $51.24 $68.74 $45,114
01/07/2011 $164.64 $214.06 $52.64 $70.56 $46,355
Payable from Child under 13 years (pf) Child 13 to 15 years (pf) Child 16 to 17 years, not a senior secondary school child (pf)
(Note 1D)
Child 16 to 19 years, senior secondary school child (pf) Child 18 to 21 years, not a senior secondary school child (pf)
(Note 1A and 1C)
Lower income free area (p.a.)
01/01/2012
(Note 1B)
$164.64 $214.06 $52.64 $214.06 $70.56 $46,355
01/07/2012 $169.68 $220.64 $54.32 $220.64 $72.80 $47,815
01/07/2013 $172.20 $224.00 $55.16 $224.00 Note 1C $48,837
Payable from Child under 13 years (pf) Child 13 to 15 years (pf) Child 16 to 19 years, senior secondary school child (pf) Lower income free area (p.a.)
01/05/2014 $172.20 $224.00 $224.00 $48,837
01/07/2014 $176.82 $230.02 $230.02 $50,151
01/07/2015 $179.76 $233.94 $233.94 $51,027
01/07/2016 $182.84 (Note 1E) $237.86 (Note 1E) $237.86 (Note 1E) $51,903
01/07/2017 $182.84 $237.86 $237.86 $52,706

Notes for Table 1

Note Explanation
1A In some cases this rate may still be payable on or after 1 January 2012 for eligible FTB children older than 21 (see 2.1.1.10 FTB Child).
1B From 1 January 2012 the maximum standard rate for FTB children aged 16 to 19 who are senior secondary school children (1.1.S.27) was increased to the same maximum standard rate as for 13 to 15 year old FTB children.
1C From 1 January 2013 to 1 May 2014 eligibility for FTB was limited to children up to 15 years, 16 to 19 years and in full-time secondary study, or 16 and 17 years where they have completed their Year 12 or equivalent qualification.
1D From 1 May 2014 eligibility for FTB was limited to children up to 15 years and 16-19 years and in full-time study.
1E The Social Services Legislation Amendment Act 2017 paused the FTB Part A and FTB Part B rates until 30 June 2019.

Table 2: Base rate of FTB Part A

The base rate of FTB Part A is payable until family income reaches the higher income free area. The payment reduces by 30 cents for each dollar above the higher income free area until it reaches nil.

Payable from Child under 18 years (pf) Child 18 to 24 years (pf) Higher income free area (HIFA) (p.a.) Add to HIFA for each FTB child after the first Approved Care Organisation (pf)
(Note 2A)
01/07/2000 $37.38 $50.12 $73,000 $3,000 $37.38
01/07/2001 $39.48 $53.06 $77,234 $3,139 $39.48
01/07/2002 $40.74 $54.74 $79,643 $3,212 $40.74
01/07/2003 $42.00 $56.42 $82,052 $3,285 $42.00
01/07/2004 $42.98 $57.82 $84,023 $3,358 $42.98
01/07/2005 $44.10 $59.36 $86,213 $3,431 $44.10
01/07/2006 $45.36 $61.04 $88,622 $3,504 $45.36
01/07/2007 $46.90 $63.00 $91,542 $3,650 $46.90
01/07/2008 $48.30 $64.96 $94,316 $3,796 $48.30
01/07/2009 $50.12 $67.34 $94,316 (Note 2B) $3,796 $50.12
01/07/2010 $51.24 $68.74 $94,316 $3,796 $51.24
01/07/2011 $52.64 $70.56 $94,316 (Note 2C) $3,796 $52.64
Payable from Child under 18 years (pf) Child 18 to 19 years, senior secondary school child (pf) Child 18 to 21 years, not a senior secondary school child (pf)
(Note 1C and 2D)
Higher income free area (HIFA) (p.a.) Add to HIFA for each FTB child after the first Approved Care Organisation (pf)
(Note 2A)
01/01/2012 (Note 2E) $52.64 $52.64 $70.56 $94,316 $3,796 $52.64
01/07/2012 $54.32 $54.32 $72.80 $94,316 $3,796 $54.32
Payable from Child under 18 years (pf) Child 18 to 19 years, senior secondary school child (pf) Higher income free area (HIFA)(p.a.) Add to HIFA for each FTB child after the first Approved Care Organisation (pf)
(Note 2A)
01/07/2013 $55.16 $55.16 $94,316 (Note 2F) $3,796 $55.16
01/07/2014 $56.70 $56.70 $94,316 $3,796 $56.70
01/07/2015 $57.68 $57.68 $94,316 Note 2G $57.68
01/07/2016 to 30/06/2019 $58.66 (Note 2I) $58.66 (Note 2I) $94,316 (Note 2H) n/a $58.66 (Note 2I)

Notes for Table 2

Note Explanation
2A The rate of FTB Part A for a child in an ACO is not affected by the age of the child and is not income tested.
2B In the 2009-10 Budget, the Government announced that the FTB Part A higher income free area of $94,316 (plus $3,796 for each child after the first) will be maintained at the same level until 30 June 2012.
2C The pause in indexation of the FTB Part A higher income free area was extended in the 2011-12 Budget by a further 2 years until 30 June 2014.
2D In some cases this rate may still be payable on or after 1 January 2012 for eligible FTB children older than 21 (see 2.1.1.10 FTB Child).
2E From 1 January 2012 to 1 May 2014 the base rate payable for FTB children aged 16 to 19 was determined by study status, as well as age. Subject to the child's age, the rate that was payable may have been different depending on whether a child is a senior secondary school child (1.1.S.27).
2F The pause in indexation of the FTB Part A higher income free area was extended in the 2013-14 Budget for a further 3 years until 30 June 2017.
2G From 1 July 2015 the additional higher income free area for FTB Part A is no longer in use.
2H The pause in indexation of the FTB Part A higher income free area was extended in the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Act 2016 for a further 3 years until 30 June 2020.
2I The Social Services Legislation Amendment Act 2017 paused the FTB Part A and FTB Part B rates until 30 June 2019.

Table 3: Rates of FTB Part A supplement

The FTB Part A supplement is a per child payment introduced for the 2003-04 income year and is payable at the end of an income year after reconciliation has occurred. It is a component of the maximum and base rates of FTB Part A although it cannot be paid fortnightly.

Note: Effective from the 2016-17 income year, an individual's FTB Part A supplement for the relevant income year is nil if the families' combined ATI for that year is more than $80,000.

Payable from FTB Part A supplement
(per child)
01/07/2003 $600.00
01/07/2004 $613.20
01/07/2005 $627.80
01/07/2006 $646.05
01/07/2007 $667.95
01/07/2008 $686.20
01/07/2009 $711.75
01/07/2010 $726.35 (Note 3A)
01/07/2011 $726.35
01/07/2012 $726.35
01/07/2013 $726.35 (Note 3B)
01/07/2014 $726.35
01/07/2015 $726.35
01/07/2016 $726.35 (Note 3C)
01/07/2017 $737.30

Act reference: FAAct Schedule 1 clause 7 Standard rate, Schedule 1 clause 8 Base FTB child rate, Schedule 1 clause 38A Rate of FTB Part A supplement

Notes for Table 3

Note Explanation
3A In the 2011-12 Budget, the Government announced that the FTB Part A supplement rate will be maintained at the same level for 3 years until 30 June 2014.
3B In the 2013-14 Budget, the Government announced that the FTB Part A supplement rate will be maintained at the same level for a further 3 years until 30 June 2017.
3C The Budget Savings (Omnibus) Act 2016 introduced an income limit of $80,000 for the FTB Part A supplement.

Table 4: Rates of ES Part A

ES Part A is a per child payment introduced for the 2013-14 income year. It is a component of the maximum and base rates of FTB Part A. ES may be paid fortnightly, quarterly or as a lump sum at the end of an income year, after reconciliation has occurred.

Note: From 20 March 2017, ES ceased for new FTB claimants. For individuals who became new recipients of FTB after 20 September 2016, they will no longer be paid ES after 19 March 2017. However, eligible individuals and ACOs may continue to be paid ES as part of their FTB rate under grandfathering rules. See 8.2.

Maximum rates of ES Part A per fortnight

Date payable from Child 0-12 Child 13-15 Child 16-17, completed Yr 12 or equivalent Child 16-19, full-time secondary student
01/07/2013 $3.36 $4.34 $1.40 $4.34
01/07/2014 to current
Note 4A
$3.50 $4.48 Note 1D $4.48

Base rates of ES Part A per fortnight

Date payable from Rate per child
01/07/2013 $1.40
01/07/2014 to current
Note 4A
$1.40

Notes for Table 4

Note Explanation
4A Prior to 20 September 2014 the ES was known as the clean energy supplement. From 20 September 2014, ES ceased to be indexed.

Table 5: Rates of LFS, MBA, NBS & NBU

Date payable from LFS MBA - triplets MBA - quads or more NBS - higher rate NBS - lower rate NBU
01/07/2000 $7.98 $97.16 $129.64 - - -
01/07/2001 $8.40 $102.76 $137.20 - - -
01/07/2002 $8.68 $105.98 $141.40 - - -
01/07/2003 $8.96 $109.20 $145.60 - - -
01/07/2004 $9.24 $111.86 $149.10 - - -
01/07/2005 $9.52 $114.80 $153.02 - - -
01/07/2006 (Note 5A) $9.80 $118.02 $157.36 - - -
01/07/2007 $10.08 $121.94 $162.54 - - -
01/07/2008 $10.36 $125.58 $167.44 - - -
01/07/2009 $10.78 $130.20 $173.60 - - -
01/07/2010 $11.06 $133.00 $177.24 - - -
01/07/2011 $11.34 $136.64 $182.00 - - -
01/07/2012 $11.76 $140.84 $187.60 - - -
01/07/2013 $12.04 $143.92 $191.66 - - -
01/03/2014 $12.04 $143.92 $191.66 $231.00 (Note 5B) $77.00 (Note 5B) $500.00 (Note 5C)
01/07/2014 $12.32 $147.84 $196.84 $237.30 $79.10 $514.00
01/07/2015 $12.46 (Note 5D) $150.36 $200.20 $241.36 $80.50 $523.00
01/07/2016 Note 5E $152.88 $203.56 $245.42 $81.90 $532.00
01/07/2017 Note 5E $155.12 $206.64 $249.06 $83.16 $540.00

Act reference: FAAct Schedule 1 clause 35 Rate of large family supplement

Policy reference: FA Guide 3.1.4 FTB Part A Rate Calculation - Method 1, 3.1.8 FTB Part A Rate Calculation - Method 2, 1.2.18 Newborn Supplement (NBS) - Description

Notes for Table 5

Note Explanation
5A LFS was payable for the 4th and each subsequent FTB child until 1 July 2006 when it was extended to the 3rd and each subsequent FTB child.
5B NBS is only payable with FTB Part A for a period of up to 13 weeks (91 days).
5C NBU is not part of the FTB Part A rate calculation, NBU is a one-off lump sum payment which is paid in respect of the first day of NBS eligibility.
5D LFS was payable for the third and each subsequent FTB child from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2015. From 1 July 2015 it was restricted to the fourth and each subsequent FTB child.
5E LFS ceased to be payable from 1 July 2016.

Table 6: FTB child income threshold

Date FTB child aged 5 to 15 not studying full-time FTB child aged 16 to 24 in full-time study
01/07/2000 $7,662.00 $7,662.00
01/07/2001 $8,078.00 $8,078.00
01/07/2002 $8,346.00 $8,346.00
01/07/2003 $8,613.00 $8,613.00
01/07/2004 $10,948.00 $10,948.00
01/07/2005 $11,233.00 $11,233.00
01/07/2006 $11,548.00 $11,548.00
01/07/2007 $11,929.00 $11,929.00
01/07/2008 $12,287.00 $12,287.00
01/07/2009 $12,742.00 $12,742.00
01/07/2010 $13,010.00 $13,010.00
01/07/2011 $13,361.00 $13,361.00
Date FTB child aged 5 to 15 not studying full-time FTB child aged 16 to 21 who is not a senior secondary school child
(Note 6A)
FTB child 16 to 20 who is exempt from the FTB activity test
01/01/2012
(Note 6B)
$13,361.00 $13,361.00 $13,361.00
01/07/2012 $13,775.00 $13,775.00 $13,775.00
Date FTB child aged 5 to 15 not studying full-time FTB child aged 16 to 19 who is not a senior secondary school child
(Note 1C)
FTB child 16 to 19 who is exempt from the FTB activity test
(Note 1C)
01/07/2013 $14,078.00 $14,078.00 $14,078.00
01/05/2014 Note 6C

Notes for Table 6

Note Explanation
6A The child income threshold does apply to FTB children on or after 1 January 2012 who are older than 21 years and for whom FTB is still payable after this date (see 2.1.1.10 FTB Child).
6B From 1 January 2012 the child income threshold does not apply to FTB children who are senior secondary school children (1.1.S.27) aged 16 to 19 years, up to the end of the calendar year in which they turn 19. Where an FTB child aged 16 to 19 years is exempt from the FTB activity test the child income threshold will continue to apply.
6C From 1 May 2014 the child income threshold ceased to apply.

Table 7: Maintenance income free area - per annum

Date Single parent, or one of a couple receiving maintenance Couple, each receiving maintenance For each additional child
01/07/2000 $1,007.40 $2,014.80 $335.80
01/07/2001 $1,062.15 $2,124.30 $354.05
01/07/2002 $1,095.00 $2,190.00 $365.00
01/07/2003 $1,127.85 $2,255.70 $375.95
01/07/2004 $1,149.75 $2,299.50 $383.25
01/07/2005 $1,182.60 $2,365.20 $394.20
01/07/2006 $1,215.45 $2,430.90 $405.15
01/07/2007 $1,259.25 $2,518.50 $419.75
01/07/2008 $1,292.10 $2,584.20 $430.70
01/07/2009 $1,335.90 $2,671.80 $445.30
01/07/2010 $1,368.75 $2,737.50 $456.25
01/07/2011 $1,401.60 $2,803.20 $467.20
01/07/2012 $1,445.40 $2,890.80 $481.80
01/07/2013 $1,478.25 $2,956.50 $492.75
01/07/2014 $1,522.05 $3,044.10 $507.35
01/07/2015 $1,543.95 $3,087.90 $514.65
01/07/2016 $1,565.85 $3,131.70 $521.95
01/07/2017 $1,587.75 $3,175.50 $529.25
Last reviewed: 3 July 2017