5.2.2 Information Required - Instalment Claims

Introduction

This section contains one topic that outlines the obligations of an FTB instalment individual (1.1.I.100) to provide notification of any changes in circumstances that may affect their entitlement (1.1.E.30) to or their rate of FTB.

An instalment individual must notify Centrelink of anything that happens or is likely to happen that would:

  • make them ineligible for FTB, or
  • reduce their FTB rate.

This includes a change of address which must be notified within 14 days of the event.

This section covers information required in the following circumstances:

  • change in care arrangements, and
  • changes in income (1.1.I.20).

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 7 How to claim, section 25 Obligation to notify change of circumstances, section 25A Secretary's power to approve a manner of notification

Policy reference: FA Guide 5.2.1.10 Change of Circumstances - General Provisions, 5.2.1.20 Change of Eligibility Circumstances, 5.2.1.30 Change of Rate Circumstances

Change in care arrangements

FTB individuals must report any change in care arrangements for an FTB child, whether in relation to a change to a written care arrangement (1.1.C.05), or to arrangements that are based on a verbal agreement or an established pattern of care (1.1.P.70). If 2 or more instalment individuals share the care of an FTB child the notification of a change in the care arrangements by one individual may affect the FTB entitlement of the other carer. Once notified, Centrelink should contact each individual to confirm the change in care arrangements.

Explanation: If one parent/carer reports a change in care arrangements and that is confirmed by the other parent/carer, FTB entitlements should be reassessed from the date the change occurred. If one or more individuals disagree that a change has occurred, Centrelink must investigate whether a change has occurred before FTB entitlements are reassessed.

Note: From 1 July 2010, an assessment of care that is determined by either Centrelink for FTB purposes or Child Support for child support purposes has the effect for the other agency in relation to care periods that begin on or after this date. This means that where a care assessment has been determined by Child Support, that care assessment is used by Centrelink to assess eligibility for, and the rate of, FTB. For individuals who receive FTB from Centrelink and also have a child support assessment with Child Support, changes in care can be advised to either agency.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 25 Obligation to notify change of circumstances, section 25A Secretary's power to approve a manner of notification

Policy reference: FA Guide 5.2.1.10 Change of Circumstances - General Provisions, 5.2.1.20 Change of Eligibility Circumstances, 5.2.1.30 Change of Rate Circumstances

Changes in income

An instalment individual (1.1.R.07) must notify Centrelink if there is or is likely to be any increase or decrease in their or their partner's (1.1.P.30) income.

Example: The individual must notify Centrelink where their:

  • estimate of ATI may go above or below the lower income free area (1.1.I.40) for FTB Part A or the income free area for FTB Part B, or
  • estimate of income is above or below the higher income free area (1.1.H.10), or
  • maintenance (1.1.M.10) income increases or decreases.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 20 Determination of rate to be based on estimate, indexed estimate or indexed actual income, section 25 Obligation to notify change of circumstances

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017