4.14 Claims for SIFS

Introduction

Note: From 1 July 2017, SIFS will be closed to new recipients. Grandfathering arrangements will permit eligible recipients with entitlement to SIFS at 30 June 2017 to continue to receive SIFS as long as they remain eligible for the payment. See 2.11.1. Claims can still be made for the 2016-17 income year.

Individuals who receive FTB will be automatically assessed under the SIFS review process (6.7) once FTB reconciliation conditions have been met (6.4), without the need for a specific claim.

Individuals who receive FTB for part of the relevant year will automatically be assessed for SIFS eligibility during this period (6.7), once FTB reconciliation conditions have been met (6.4).

If, for the part of the relevant financial year that the individual does not receive FTB, they continue to have a SIFS qualifying child in their care (2.11.2), individuals may submit a separate claim for this period at the conclusion of the relevant financial year for assessment (6.7).

Individual who do not receive FTB for any part of the relevant year, but who have a SIFS qualifying child in their care (2.11.2) may submit a claim form at the conclusion of the relevant financial year for assessment (6.7).

The appropriate rate of SIFS will be paid to the individual where the family meets both the primary and secondary earner income tests (and all other eligibility criteria) (2.11.1).

A SIFS claim must be made after the end of that income year, and before the end of the following income year after the income year. For example, if an eligible individual with a qualifying child receiving an 'at home' rate of YA claims SIFS for the 2012-13 financial year, they must lodge their claim before 30 June 2014.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 65K Need for a claim, section 65KA How to claim, section 65KB Tax file number requirement to be satisfied for claims for a past period, section 65KK Determination of past period entitlement claim, 65KP Payment of single income family supplement-no claim required, 65KQ Payment of single income family supplement-claim required, 65KR Secretary's power to request tax file numbers

Policy reference: FA Guide 2.11.2 SIFS Qualifying Child, 2.11.1 SIFS Eligibility Criteria, 4.1.1 TFN Requirements, 6.4 Reconciliation, 6.7 SIFS Review & Payment Process

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017