5.2.1.20 Change of Eligibility Circumstances

Summary

A person (1.1.P.80) is required to provide information regarding all circumstances that may affect their eligibility to receive FA. This topic covers:

  • eligibility circumstances affecting FA,
  • eligibility circumstances affecting only FTB,
  • eligibility circumstances affecting only FTB Part B,
  • eligibility circumstances affecting only CCB and
  • eligibility circumstances affecting only SKB.

Eligibility circumstances affecting FA

An individual must notify Centrelink if:

  • they become or cease to be an Australian resident (1.1.A.130),
  • they leave Australia (1.1.A.120) permanently or temporarily,
  • their temporary absence overseas becomes permanent,
  • they commence or cease providing care for an FTB or regular care child,
  • their FTB or regular care child becomes, or ceases to be an Australian resident,
  • their FTB or regular care child who is not an Australian resident commences or ceases living with them,
  • they and/or their partner's income changes,
  • they change partnering arrangements (opposite or same-sex) for example, if they get married, registered, separated or divorced, or
  • their address or bank account details change.

Eligibility circumstances affecting only FTB

An individual must notify Centrelink if:

  • they are a member of a couple (1.1.M.50) and the other member of the couple ceases to receive FTB for their child/ren,
  • their percentage of care for an FTB or regular care child changes, particularly if it reaches or falls below 35% or 66% of the care period, or
  • their FTB or regular care child dies.

An individual must also notify Centrelink if their FTB or regular care child:

  • commences or ceases to receive an income support payment (1.1.I.50),
  • is aged 16 to 19 years and ceases or recommences full-time secondary study (2.1.1.11, 1.1.F.60),
  • commences being a member of a couple,
  • is prevented from being in their care without their consent, or is in their care to a reduced extent due to another person's non-compliance with a care arrangement (1.1.C.05),
  • leaves Australia temporarily or permanently,
  • their temporary absence overseas becomes permanent, or
  • returns to Australia.

Explanation: If an FTB or regular care child of an individual becomes a member of a couple, they are no longer an FTB or regular care child of the individual. Their eligibility to receive FTB or other government benefits for that child ceases.

If an FTB or regular care child becomes the partner of an individual and is no longer living with or in the care of the entitled carer, eligibility to receive FTB for that child ceases.

Centrelink must also be notified if a care organisation commences or ceases to be an ACO.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 25 Obligation to notify change of circumstances

FAAct section 22 When an individual is an FTB child of another individual, section 22A Exceptions to the operation of section 22, Schedule 1 clause 7 Standard rate

Policy reference: FA Guide 5.2.1.10 Change of Circumstances - General Provisions, 5.2.1.30 Change of Rate Circumstances

Eligibility circumstances affecting only FTB Part B

If an individual is a member of a couple, their FTB Part B rate is nil if their youngest child is aged 13 or older, unless the individual is a grandparent or great-grandparent (1.1.G.15).

An individual must notify Centrelink if their only FTB child is 16 or older and ceases full time study.

Act reference: FAAct Schedule 1 clause 29 General method of calculating Part B rate

Eligibility circumstances affecting only CCB

An individual who is receiving CCB as reduced fees must notify Centrelink if:

  • their child is up-to-date with their immunisations or they have an approved exemption for the child (see explanation),
  • they stop using child care for any of their children,
  • they and/or their partner situation changes and they need child care for more than 24 hours a week or more than 50 hours per week,
  • they and/or their partner situation changes and they can no longer get child care for more than 24 hours a week,
  • the child starts or leaves school,
  • there are any changes to the residency status of:
    • the individual,
    • their partner, if they have one, or
    • a child in care.

Explanation: An individual has 63 days to comply with the immunisation requirements. If not in compliance, they lose eligibility for CCB and CCR.

An individual who plans to receive CCB as a lump sum should check that every approved child care service they use has obtained the individual's reference number from Centrelink.

Note: If the child leaves Australia temporarily for up to 56 weeks, entitlement to CCB may continue until the child returns noting that CCB is only payable for child care provided in Australia.

Eligibility circumstances affecting only SKB

In order for an FTB Part A or income support individual to be eligible for SKB, they must notify Centrelink if they, or their child:

  • commences or ceases primary or secondary study,
  • participates in registered home schooling,
  • participates in a special education program (for children with disabilities), or
  • participates in overseas study.
Last reviewed: 1 July 2016