5.2.2 Information required for instalment claims
This section contains one topic that outlines the obligations of an individual (1.1.I.90) who claims FTB via instalments (1.1.I.100) to provide notification of any changes in circumstances that may affect their entitlement (1.1.E.30) to or their rate of FTB.
An individual must notify Centrelink of anything that happens or is likely to happen that would:
- make them ineligible for FTB, or
- reduce their FTB rate.
This includes a change of address which must be notified within 14 days of the event.
This section covers information required in the following circumstances:
- change in care arrangements, and
- changes in income (1.1.I.20).
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 7 How to claim, section 25 Obligation to notify change of circumstances, section 25A Secretary's power to approve a manner of notification
Change in care arrangements
Individuals must report any change in care arrangements for an FTB child, whether in relation to a change to a written care arrangement (1.1.C.05), or to arrangements that are based on a verbal agreement or an established pattern of care (1.1.P.70). If 2 or more individuals share the care of an FTB child the notification of a change in the care arrangements by one individual may affect the FTB entitlement of the other carer. Once notified, Centrelink should contact each individual to confirm the change in care arrangements.
Explanation: If one parent/carer reports a change in care arrangements and that is confirmed by the other parent/carer, FTB entitlements should be reassessed from the date the change occurred. If one or more individuals disagree that a change has occurred, Centrelink must investigate whether a change has occurred before FTB entitlements are reassessed.
Note: From 1 July 2010, an assessment of care that is determined by either Centrelink for FTB purposes or DHS for child support purposes has the effect for the other agency in relation to care periods that began on or after this date. This means that where a care assessment has been determined by DHS for child support purposes, that care assessment is used by Centrelink to assess eligibility for, and the rate of, FTB. For individuals who receive FTB from Centrelink and also have a child support assessment with DHS, changes in care can be advised to either agency.
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 25 Obligation to notify change of circumstances, section 25A Secretary's power to approve a manner of notification
Changes in income
An individual must notify Centrelink if there is or is likely to be any increase or decrease in their or their partner's (1.1.P.30) income. This notification may result in mandatory continuous adjustment being applied to their rate where there is a notional overpayment.