The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.A.10 Absence from Australia


For the purposes of FA, the individual (1.1.I.90) or child is absent from Australia (1.1.A.120) if they are outside of Australia.

The day a person departs Australia is counted as the first day of absence from Australia.

The day a person arrives back in Australia counts as a day in Australia.

Example: Jane departs Australia on 12 October 2017 at 11 am and arrives in Japan on the same day. She subsequently returns a week later on 19 October 2017 at 1 pm. As such, Jane is considered absent from Australia from 12 October 2017 until 18 October 2017.

Act reference: FAAct section 24 Effect of certain absences of FTB child etc. from Australia

Policy reference: FA Guide FTB portability

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