Family Assistance Guide Updates - 2018

13 August 2018 (v1.205)

Page Title Details
1.1.F.58 FTB child rate reduction period Clarified policy.
1.1.H.05 Healthy start for school child health check Clarified policy.
1.1.I.10 Immunisation requirements (FTB, CCS) Clarified policy.
1.1.W.10 Waive Updated policy.
1.2.1 Family Tax Benefit (FTB) - Description Updated policy.
2.1.1.85 Formal & Informal Care of an FTB Child Clarified policy.
2.1.2 Australian Residence & Portability Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
2.1.2.40 FTB Portability from 1 July 2016 Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
2.1.3 Immunisation & Health Check Requirements Clarified policy.
2.1.3.10 FTB Immunisation Requirements Clarified policy.
2.1.3.40 Immunisation - Approved Exemptions (FTB) Clarified policy.
2.1.3.50 Healthy Start for School Requirements (FTB) Clarified policy.
2.1.3.60 Healthy Start for School Exemptions (FTB) Clarified policy.
2.1.3.70 Recognised Health Checks Clarified policy.
2.2 FTB Eligibility for Individuals Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
2.8.4.40 ACCS (transition to work) - Activity Requirements Clarified policy.
3.1.1.10 Calculating a Rate of FTB - Overview Updated policy.
3.1.1.20 Current FTB Rates & Income Test Amounts Clarified policy.
3.1.4.40 Income Test - FTB Part A Method 1 Updated policy.
3.1.9.10 Calculating FTB Part B Removed reference to child care benefit (CCB).
3.1.9.20 Income Test - FTB Part B Removed reference to child care benefit (CCB).
3.2.1 Adjusted Taxable Income - General Provisions Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.2.2 Taxable Income Clarified policy.
3.2.4 Target Foreign Income Updated exchange rates.
3.2.5 Total Net Investment Loss Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.6.6 Foreign Exchange Rate - Historical Rates Updated exchange rates.
4.3.1.10 FTB Payment Delivery Choices Clarified policy.
6.4.1.30 Reconciliation Process Clarified policy.
8.1 Immunisation Requirements Transitional Arrangements Clarified policy.
8.1.1 Immunisation Requirement Changes from 01/07/2018 Clarified policy.
8.1.2 Immunisation Requirement Changes from 01/01/2012 to 30/06/2018 Clarified policy.

2 July 2018 (v1.204)

The Family Assistance Guide has been extensively updated as a result of a new Child Care Package. Child care subsidy (CCS) and additional child care subsidy (ACCS) started on 2 July 2018. Child care benefit (CCB), child care rebate (CCR), Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA), grandparent child care benefit (GCCB) and special child care benefit (SCCB) ceased on 1 July 2018.

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1 Key Terms & Principles Removed reference to jobs, education and training child care fee assistance (JETCCFA).
1.1.A.05 Absences (CCS, ACCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.A.12 Activity related hours (JETCCFA) Removed page.
1.1.A.17 Additional absences (CCS, ACCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.A.18 Additional absences in exceptional circumstances (CCB) Removed page.
1.1.A.40 Adjustment percentage (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.A.45 Adjusted rate of FTB Removed references to child care benefit (CCB).
1.1.A.70 Applicable percentage (CCS) New page.
1.1.A.75 Appropriate state or territory body (ACCS (child wellbeing)) New page.
1.1.A.90 Approved provider, approved child care service, approved child care (CCS) Updated to reflect introduction of child care subsidy (CCS).
1.1.A.110 At risk (ACCS (child wellbeing)) New page.
1.1.A.115 Attendance record report (CCB) Removed page.
1.1.A.130 Australian resident Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.B.20 Bereavement claim, claim in substitution Updated to reflect introduction of new Child Care Package.
1.1.C.10 CCS fortnight New page. Removed previous information due to new Child Care Package.
1.1.C.15 Certificate (ACCS (child wellbeing)) New page.
1.1.C.18 Child attends school (CCS, ACCS) New page.
1.1.C.25 Child with a disability or medical condition (CCS) New page.
1.1.C.27 Claim (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.C.47 Common law right to receive less (FTB) Removed reference to child care benefit (CCB).
1.1.C.52 Complying written arrangement (CCS) New page.
1.1.D.10 Date of action (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.D.20 Date of effect (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.D.30 Date of event (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.D.40 Date of notification (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.D.60 Debt, debtor Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.D.78 Determination (ACCS (child wellbeing)) New page.
1.1.D.80 Disabled person (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.E.05 Education institution (JETCCFA) Removed page.
1.1.E.15 Election of subsidised care (CCS) New page.
1.1.E.17 Eligibility (FTB, SIFS, CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.E.20 Eligible child care hours (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.E.25 Enrolment (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.E.26 Enrolment advance Removed page.
1.1.E.30 Entitlement (FTB, CCS, ACCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.F.02 Family assistance Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.F.20 Financial asset (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.F.57 FTB child rate Updated to reflect legislative change.
1.1.F.58 FTB child rate reduction period New page.
1.1.G.13 Giving notice (ACCS (child wellbeing)) New page. Removed previous information due to new Child Care Package.
1.1.G.14 Grandparent (CCS, ACCS) New page.
1.1.G.15 Grandparent carer (FTB Part B) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.H.05 Healthy start for school child health check Updated policy.
1.1.H.20 Hourly rate caps (CCS) New page.
1.1.I.10 Immunisation requirements (FTB, CCS) Updated to reflect legislative changes.
1.1.I.30 Income excess (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.I.60 Income taper percentage (CCB) Removed information
1.1.I.70 Income thresholds (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.I.85 Indexed income - actual or estimate (FTB) Removed reference to child care benefit (CCB).
1.1.I.120 Intervening activity (JETCCFA) Removed page.
1.1.J.10 Jobs, Education & Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA) New page. Removed previous information due to new Child Care Package.
1.1.J.20 Job Plans (ACCS (transition to work)) New page. Removed previous information due to new Child Care Package.
1.1.J.30 JETCCFA activities Removed page.
1.1.J.50 JETCCFA activity limits Removed page.
1.1.J.60 JETCCFA activity types Removed page.
1.1.J.70 JETCCFA assessment period Removed page.
1.1.J.80 JETCCFA assessment period end date Removed page.
1.1.J.90 JETCCFA assessment period start date Removed page.
1.1.J.100 JETCCFA hours Removed page.
1.1.J.105 JETCCFA Job Plan Removed page.
1.1.J.110 Jobs, education & training child care (JETCC) Removed page.
1.1.L.25 Legislative rate for FTB/CCS Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.M.24 Mandatory claimant (JETCCFA) Removed page.
1.1.M.25 Maximum amount (FTB advance) Updated rates.
1.1.M.27 Maximum weekly benefit (CCB) Removed page.
1.1.M.30 Maximum weekly entitlement (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.M.40 Medical practitioner (FTB, CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.M.60 Minimum hourly rate (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.M.70 Multiple child percentage (CCB) Removed page.
1.1.N.17 Nominated hours (CCB) Removed page.
1.1.N.40 Notification period Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.O.20 Orientation (JETCCFA) Removed information.
1.1.P.15 Parental contribution (JETCCFA) Removed page.
1.1.P.50 Part-time percentage (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.P.78 Period of payment (CCR) Removed page.
1.1.P.125 Principal carer (CCB) Removed page.
1.1.Q.10 Qualifying period (FTB) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.R.05 Receiving income support Updated to reflect legislative change.
1.1.R.10 Reconciliation (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.R.20 Registered care, registered carer (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.R.21 Regular care child Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.R.23 Relevant income year Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.R.48 Rounded CCB% Removed page.
1.1.S.05 Salary sacrificing (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.S.10 Salary/wage earner (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.S.15 School child, non-school child (CCB) Removed page.
1.1.S.20 Schooling percentage (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.S.35 Session reports (CCS) New page
1.1.S.40 Sessions of care (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.S.50 Short term hardship (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.S.93 Special JET fee assistance (SJFA) Removed page.
1.1.S.95 Specific taper amount (CCB) Removed page.
1.1.S.100 Standard hourly rate (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.S.110 Start date of permanent legal residence (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.S.120 Statements for payment (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.S.140 Study (JETCCFA) Removed information.
1.1.T.10 Tax year (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.T.30 Taxable income percentage (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.T.40 Taxable income taper percentage (CCB) Removed information.
1.1.T.51 The 12 month rule (ACCS (child wellbeing)) New page.
1.1.T.52 The 50% rule (ACCS (child wellbeing)) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.T.55 Training (JETCCFA) Removed page.
1.1.T.70 Type of care (CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
1.1.T.80 24 hour care, 24 hour care period (CCB) Removed page.
1.1.V.15 Voluntary claimant (JETCCFA) Removed page.
1.1.W.20 Weekly income excess (CCB) Removed information.
1.2.1 Family Tax Benefit (FTB) - Description Updated policy.
1.2.4 Child Care Benefit (CCB) - Description Removed information.
1.2.6 Child Care Subsidy (CCS) - Description New page. Removed previous information due to new Child Care Package.
1.2.7 Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) - Description New page. Removed previous information due to new Child Care Package.
1.2.16 Multiple Birth Allowance (MBA) - Description Updated rates.
2 Eligibility Removed reference to jobs, education and training child care fee assistance (JETCCFA).
2.1.1.10 FTB Child Updated example for 'FTB child living away from home'.
2.1.1.11 Full-time Study Requirement Clarified policy.
2.1.1.13 Regular Care Child Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
2.1.1.70 Disputed Care Arrangements Clarified policy.
2.1.2.10 Residence Requirements Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
2.1.3 Immunisation & Health Check Requirements Updated to reflect legislative change.
2.1.3.10 FTB Immunisation Requirements Updated policy.
2.1.3.20 CCS Immunisation Requirements Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
2.1.3.30 Vaccination Schedules (FTB, CCS) Updated to reflect new Child Care Package and new Determinations.
2.1.3.40 Immunisation - Approved Exemptions (FTB) Updated to reflect legislative change.
2.1.3.50 Healthy Start for School Requirements (FTB) Updated policy.
2.1.3.60 Healthy Start for School Exemptions (FTB) Updated policy.
2.1.3.70 Recognised Health Checks Updated to reflect legislative change.
2.6 CCS Eligibility Updated whole chapter to reflect new Child Care Package.
2.8 ACCS Overview New chapter. Removed previous information due to new Child Care Package.
2.9 CCR Eligibility Removed page due to new Child Care Package.
3 Rate Calculation Removed reference to jobs, education and training child care fee assistance (JETCCFA).
3.1.1.20 Current FTB Rates & Income Test Amounts Updated to reflect legislative change and updated rates.
3.1.1.60 Indexation of FTB Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.1.3 Apportioning Income Test Reductions between FTB Part A Components Updated policy.
3.1.5.30 Taking Reasonable Maintenance Action Clarified policy.
3.1.5.50 Reasonable Maintenance Action Completed - Child Support Collect Clarified policy.
3.1.5.55 Reasonable Maintenance Action Completed - Private Collect New page.
3.1.5.70 Exemptions from the Maintenance Action Test Clarified policy.
3.1.5.80 Payer is Overseas Clarified policy.
3.2.3 Adjusted Fringe Benefits Total Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.2.4 Target Foreign Income Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.2.6 Tax Free Pensions or Benefits Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.2.7 Deductible Child Maintenance Expenditure Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.2.8.10 Initial Estimate When Making a Claim Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.2.8.20 Estimate Following Cancellation of Income Support Payment or During Employment Income Nil Rate Period Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.2.8.30 Revised Estimates Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.2.9 Reportable Superannuation Contributions Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.5 CCS Entitlement Updated whole chapter to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.6.1 FTB Part A - Historical Rates Updated to reflect indexation.
3.6.3 FTB Part B - Historical Rates Updated to reflect indexation.
3.6.5 CCB - Historical Rates Removed section.
3.6.7 CCR - Historical Limits Removed page.
3.7 ACCS Rate Calculation Update whole chapter to reflect new Child Care Package.
3.8 CCR Rate Calculation Removed chapter due to new Child Care Package.
3.11 NBS Rate Updated to reflect indexation.
4 Claims & Payments Removed reference to jobs, education and training child care fee assistance (JETCCFA).
4.1.1 TFN Requirements Removed references to child care benefit (CCB).
4.1.1.30 TFN Requirements for CCB Removed information.
4.1.1.40 TFN Requirements for Non-residents Updated to reflect legislative change.
4.1.2 Protection of Payment Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
4.3.1.10 FTB Payment Delivery Choices Updated policy.
4.3.6 Payments to a Third Party Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
4.4.4 Reassessment of FTB - Income Support Cancelled or Employment Income Nil Rate Period Updated to reflect legislative change.
4.6 CCS - Individual's Claims & Payments Updated chapter to reflect new Child Care Package.
4.8 Variations to CCB Entitlement Removed chapter due to new Child Care Package.
4.9.1 Overview of New Financial Year Assessments Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
4.9.3 Outcomes of New Financial Year Assessments Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
4.10 JETCCFA - Claims & Payments Removed information due to new Child Care Package.
4.11 JETCCFA Variations Removed information due to new Child Care Package.
4.12 CCR - Payments Removed information due to new Child Care Package.
4.13 CCS Enrolment New chapter. Removed previous content due to new Child Care Package.
5.1.1.10 Power to Obtain Information Updated to reflect legislative change.
5.1.3 Protection of Information Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
5.1.3.20 Exchanging Information within Centrelink Updated Act reference.
5.2.1.10 Change of Circumstances - General Provisions Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
5.2.1.20 Change of Eligibility Circumstances Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
5.2.1.30 Change of Rate Circumstances Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
5.2.1.40 CCS & ACCS - Change in Activity/Income New page.
5.2.1.50 ACCS - Change of Circumstances New page.
6 Review & Reconciliation Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
6.1 Centrelink Review & Appeal Process Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
6.2 Internal Reviews Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
6.4 Reconciliation Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
6.4.1 Overview of Reconciliation Updated section to reflect legislative change.
6.4.2.20 Income Test Exemptions for Individuals in Receipt of Income Support Updated to reflect legislative change.
6.4.2.50 CCB Reconciliation & Child Care Usage/Attendance Information Removed page.
6.4.3.30 Outcomes of Non-lodger Process Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
6.4.4.10 Reconciliation - Current Partners Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
6.4.5 Reconciliation Where Death Occurs Updated section for new Child Care Package.
6.5 JETCCFA Review & Appeal Process Removed information.
7.1 FA Debts Updated whole section to reflect new Child Care Package.
7.2.1 Debt Recovery - General Provisions Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
7.2.2 Debt Recovery by Deduction Updated to reflect legislation.
7.2.3 Debt Recovery from FA Entitlement Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
7.2.5 Debt Recovery from Income Tax Refund Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
7.2.7 Debt Recovery by Garnishee Added information about garnishee of joint bank accounts.
7.2.10 Debt Recovery of CCS/ACCS by Offsetting - Prior to Reconciliation New page.
7.3.1.30 Capacity to Pay a Debt Updated to reflect new Child Care Package.
7.3.2 Waiver of Debts Clarified reversal of debt waivers.
7.3.2.05 Waiver of $1000 - Transitional Arrangements for 2000-01 Removed page.
7.5 JETCCFA Debts Removed information.
7.6 FTB Advance Debts Updated policy.
8.1 Immunisation Requirements - Transitional Arrangements Updated policy.
8.1.1 Immunisation Requirement Changes from 01/07/2018 Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.1.2 Immunisation Requirement Changes from 01/01/2012 - 30/06/ 2018 New page.
8.3 Where to Find Information on Child Care Benefit (CCB) & Child Care Rebate (CCR) New page.
8.4 SIFS - Grandfathering Provisions New page.

7 May 2018 (v1.203)

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3.1.4.30 Rent Assistance Updated to reflect indexation.
3.6.2 FTB Rent Assistance - Historical Rates & Thresholds Updated to reflect indexation.

20 March 2018 (v1.202)

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2.1.3.40 Immunisation - Approved Exemptions (FTB, CCB) Clarified policy.
3.2.9 Reportable Superannuation Contributions Updated example.

5 February 2018 (v1.201)

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1.1.P.120 Primary carer (FTB) Removed information relating to baby bonus.
2.1.3.60 Healthy Start for School Exemptions (FTB) Clarified policy.
3.1.3 Apportioning Income Test Reductions between FTB Part A Components Updated example under 'Method 2'.
3.12 SBP Rate Clarified policy.
6.4.4.20 Reconciliation - Ex-partners Clarified policy.
8.1 Immunisation Requirements from 01/01/2016 - Transitional Arrangements Clarified policy.

2 January 2018 (v1.200)

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1.1.A.10 Absence from Australia Clarified policy.
1.1.P.90 Portability Clarified policy.
1.2.4 Child Care Benefit (CCB) - Description Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
1.2.6 Jobs, Education & Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA) - Description Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
1.2.7 Child Care Rebate (CCR) - Description Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
1.2.10 Energy Supplement (ES) - Description Clarified policy.
1.2.18 Newborn Supplement (NBS) - Description Clarified policy.
1.2.19 Stillborn Baby Payment (SBP) - Description Clarified policy.
2.1.1.85 Formal & Informal Care of an FTB Child Clarified policy.
2.1.2.10 Residence Requirements Clarified policy.
2.1.2.30 Temporary Absence from Australia before 1 July 2016 Clarified policy.
2.1.2.40 FTB Portability from 1 July 2016 Clarified policy.
2.2.3 NBS & NBU Eligibility for Individuals Clarified policy.
2.6 CCB Eligibility Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
2.6.1 CCB Eligibility Criteria for Individuals Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
2.6.5 CCB Eligibility Criteria for Registered Carers Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
2.6.7 Special Child Care Benefit (SCCB) - Eligibility Criteria Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
2.6.8 Grandparent Child Care Benefit (GCCB) - Eligibility Criteria Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
2.8 JETCCFA Eligibility Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
2.8.1 JETCCFA Eligibility Criteria Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
2.9 CCR Eligibility Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
2.11.1 SIFS Eligibility Criteria Clarified policy.
2.11.2 SIFS Qualifying Child Clarified policy.
2.12.1 SBP Eligibility Criteria Clarified policy.
3.1.1.40 Calculating FTB Bereavement Payment Clarified policy.
3.1.1.50 FTB Payments During Absence from Australia before 1 July 2016 Clarified policy.
3.1.4.30 Rent Assistance Updated rates and thresholds.
3.1.11 Advance Payment of FTB Part A Clarified policy.
4.4.1 Reasons for FTB Reassessment Clarified policy.
4.6 CCB - Individual's Claims & Payments Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
4.6.2 Approved Care CCB - Individual's Claim Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
4.6.3 Registered Care CCB - Individual's Claim Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
4.10 JETCCFA - Claims & Payments Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
4.10.1 General Provisions for JETCCFA Claims & Payments Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
4.12 CCR - Payments Added note about new Child Care Package from 2 July 2018.
5.2.1.20 Change of Eligibility Circumstances Clarified policy.