2.1.1 FTB child & regular care child
This section covers eligibility requirements relating to an FTB child and a regular care child. The first topic outlines the situations when a child may be an FTB child and subsequent topics expand on each of those situations.
Comparison between FTB child & a dependent child defined by the SSAct
While in most cases a child considered to be an FTB child under the FAAct will also be a dependent child under the SSAct, there are some cases where this will not be true. The following table summarises the main differences.
|To be an FTB child||To be a dependent child|
|A child must be up to 15 years, or 16 to 19 years and in full-time secondary study (including those repeating year 12) or be exempt from this requirement.||A child must be under the age of 22 years.|
|A child aged 16 to 19 years must be a senior secondary school child (1.1.S.27).||A child aged 16 to 21 years must be in full-time study.|
|The child's income does not apply.||The child's income (using the definition of income defined in the SSAct) cannot exceed the personal income limit. For a child under 16 years, this is a weekly amount. For a child 16 years and over, this is income in a financial year.|
|A child aged 16 or over cannot be receiving a prescribed education scheme payment (1.1.P.100).||A child aged 16 or over can be receiving a prescribed education scheme payment.|
|Where care of the child is shared between 2 or more individuals, the child must be in the individual's care for at least 35% of the time.||Where care of the child is shared between 2 or more individuals there is no minimum percentage of care.|