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1.1.H.05 Healthy start for school child health check


If an individual or their partner receives an income support payment on any day that the individual is also receiving FTB Part A, and they have an FTB child that turns 4 in that income year, an age-appropriate health check ( must be undertaken or the FTB child rate may be reduced for each day during an FTB rate reduction period (1.1.F.58).

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Note: From 1 July 2018, a recognised health check must be completed and Centrelink must be notified before the day the FTB child turns 5 (or a later day determined by Centrelink which can be no later than the child's 6th birthday). If special circumstances prevented the health check from being completed in time, an application for an extension may be made after the child turns 5, but must be made before the child turns 6.

Prior to the 2017-18 income year, individuals were required to complete a recognised health check and notify Centrelink, or provide details of special circumstances which prevented the health check being done, by the end of the lodgement year (1.1.L.30) for the income year in which the child turned 4.

Prior to the 2012-13 income year, individuals had 2 years after the income year in which the child turned 4 to meet the requirements.

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