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1.2.16 Multiple birth allowance (MBA) - description


MBA is a component of an eligible individual's maximum rate of FTB Part A where the individual has 3 or more FTB children from the same birth. It is payable until:

  • the children turn 16 years of age, or
  • if at least 3 of the children are senior secondary school children (1.1.S.27), until the end of the calendar year in which the first born of those children turns 18 years of age.

MBA rate

The following table shows the current annual rates of MBA.

Number of children Rate ($) annual
Triplets 4,807.05
Quadruplets (or more) 6,405.75

MBA payments

MBA is payable as part of an individual's fortnightly FTB Part A instalment, or as a lump sum payment at the end of the financial year when FTB reconciliation requirements are met.

Act reference: FAAct Schedule 1 clause 36 Eligibility for MBA, Schedule 1 clause 37 Rate of MBA

Policy reference: FA Guide 3.1 FTB rate calculation

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