5.2.4.10 Basic Family Payment, Family Allowance Rates (Minimum) - July 1941 to December 1995

Summary

This topic contains the following 4 rates tables and 2 tables of daily rate calculations:

Table Number Explanation
1 Family allowance weekly rates - July 1941 to June 1976
2 Family allowance monthly rates - May 1979 to October 1982
3 Family allowance and basic family payment (BFP) rates - November 1987 to December 1995
4 Standard daily rate calculation table
5 Non-standard daily rate calculation table for multiple births

Table 1: Family allowance weekly rates - July 1941 to June 1976

The table shows the rates in dollars per week.

Date payable from 1st child 2nd child 3rd child 4th child 5th+ others
01/07/1941 - 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
26/06/1945 - 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75
09/11/1948 - 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00
20/06/1950 0.50 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00
14/01/1964 0.50 1.00 1.50 1.50 1.50
19/09/1967 0.50 1.00 1.50 1.75 2.00
12/10/1971 0.50 1.00 2.00 2.25 2.50
Note A
15/06/1976 3.50 5.00 6.00 6.00 7.00

Notes for Table 1

Note Explanation
A The weekly rate for each child after the fifth increased by 25 cents.

Table 2: Family allowance monthly rates - May 1979 to October 1982

This table shows the rates in dollars per month. Where rates changed, the first payment at the new rate was made on the family allowance payday after the date shown.

Date payable from 1st child 2nd child 3rd child 4th child 5th+ others
15/05/1979 15.20 21.70 26.00 26.00 30.35
15/12/1981 15.20 21.70 39.00 39.00 45.55
15/10/1982 22.80 32.55 39.00 39.00 45.55

Table 3: Family allowance & BFP rates - November 1987 to December 1995

Family allowance became known as BFP from 1 January 1993. Family allowance was paid monthly until 29 December 1988. From 29 December 1998, family allowance and family allowance supplement (FAS) were paid on the same payday. BFP rates were indexed annually in January. The following table shows the rates in dollars per fortnight unless indicated otherwise.

Date Number of children
1 2 3 4 5 each extra child
01/11/1987 22.80 per month 55.35 per month 94.35 per month 133.35 per month 178.90 per month 45.55 per month
29/12/1988 9.80 23.75 40.45 57.15 76.70 19.55
13/07/1989 18.00 36.00 54.00 78.00 102.00 24.00
11/01/1990 18.60 37.20 55.80 80.60 105.40 24.80
10/01/1991 20.00 40.00 60.00 86.70 113.40 26.70
09/01/1992 20.70 41.40 62.10 89.70 117.30 27.60
07/01/1993 20.90 41.80 62.70 90.60 118.50 27.90
06/01/1994 21.30 42.60 63.90 92.30 120.70 28.40
05/01/1995 21.70 43.40 65.10 94.00 122.90 28.90
01/01/1996 Note B

Notes for Table 3

Note Explanation
B As of 1 January 1996, BFP and additional family payment (AFP) were combined into a single family payment with a rate structure dependent on the age of the child. Family payment (FP) rates were indexed annually in January. See 5.2.4.30 Family Allowance, FAS & AFP Rates - December 1987 to June 2000, Table 2.

Table 4: Standard daily rate calculation table

Before the introduction of fortnightly payments in December 1988, the daily rate was calculated by multiplying the monthly rate of family allowance by 12 and then dividing the result by 365. Any resulting amount of 0.5 cents or greater was rounded up to the nearest cent (former sections 90, 97 and 104). The calculation of a daily rate for a one-child family resulted in an amount of 75 cents. Note, however, that from 15 October 1987 the minimum payment to be applied was $1.00. Where it was necessary to calculate a daily rate the following table was used to calculate the amount of entitlement (former sections 90, 104 and 108). This table shows the rates in dollars per day.

Amount per month $22.80 $32.55 $39.00 $45.55 $60.00 $112.00
Position of child in family 1 2 3 & 4 5 & additional DOP Child disability allowance
Days            
1 1.00 1.07 1.28 1.50 1.97 3.68
2 1.50 2.14 2.56 3.00 3.94 7.36
3 2.25 3.21 3.84 4.50 5.91 11.04
4 3.00 4.28 5.12 6.00 7.88 14.72
5 3.75 5.35 6.40 7.50 9.85 18.40
6 4.50 6.42 7.68 9.00 11.82 22.08
7 5.25 7.49 8.96 10.50 13.79 25.76
8 6.00 8.56 10.24 12.00 15.76 29.44
9 6.75 9.63 11.52 13.50 17.73 33.12
10 7.50 10.70 12.80 15.00 19.70 36.80
11 8.25 11.77 14.08 16.50 21.67 40.48
12 9.00 12.84 15.36 18.00 23.64 44.16
13 9.75 13.91 16.64 19.50 25.61 47.84
14 10.50 14.98 17.92 21.00 26.58 51.52
15 11.25 16.05 19.20 22.50 28.55 55.20
16 12.00 17.12 20.48 24.00 30.52 58.88
17 12.75 18.19 21.76 25.50 32.49 62.56
18 13.50 19.26 23.04 27.00 34.46 66.24
19 14.25 20.33 24.32 28.50 36.43 69.92
20 15.00 21.40 25.60 30.00 39.40 73.60
21 15.75 22.47 26.88 31.50 41.37 77.28
22 16.50 23.54 28.16 31.50 43.34 80.96
23 17.25 24.61 29.44 34.50 45.31 84.64
24 18.00 25.68 30.72 36.00 47.28 88.32
25 18.75 26.75 32.00 37.50 49.25 92.00
26 19.50 27.82 33.28 39.00 51.22 95.68
27 20.25 28.89 34.56 40.50 53.19 99.36
28 21.00 29.96 35.84 42.00 55.16 103.04
29 21.75 31.03 37.12 43.50 57.13 106.72
30 22.50 32.10 38.40 45.00 59.10 110.40

Table 5: Non-standard daily rate calculation table for multiple births

Where it was necessary to calculate a daily rate for the non-standard rate of family allowance where a multiple birth was involved, the following table was used. These amounts were added to the applicable daily rate listed in the standard daily rate calculation table. The table shows the rates in dollars per day.

Amount $150.00 $200.00
Days    
1 4.93 6.58
2 9.86 13.16
3 14.79 19.74
4 19.72 26.32
5 24.65 32.90
6 29.58 39.48
7 34.51 46.06
8 39.44 52.64
9 44.37 59.22
10 49.30 65.80
11 54.23 72.38
12 59.16 78.96
13 64.09 85.54
14 69.02 92.12
15 73.95 98.70
16 78.88 105.28
17 83.81 111.86
18 88.74 118.44
19 93.67 125.02
20 98.60 131.60
21 103.53 138.18
22 108.46 144.76
23 113.39 151.34
24 118.32 157.92
25 123.25 164.50
26 128.18 171.08
27 133.11 177.66
28 138.04 184.24
29 142.97 190.82
30 147.90 197.40

Example 1: The following is an example of the simple and convenient method used for calculation of entitlement for a family allowance (FA) period where daily rates were applicable.

Two dependent children (1.1.D.70). Third child enters care on 31st of the month. Child disability allowance is paid for this child.

FA for 2 children for FA period (monthly rate) $55.35
FA for third child at daily rates - $1.28 × 15 days (31st to 4th) $19.20
Child disability allowance for one child at daily rate $3.68 × 15 days (31st to 14th) $55.20
Total $129.75

Example 2: Calculation of the daily rate under the family allowance (FA) income test prior to 15 December 1988.

Where a reduced or nil rate was being paid under the FA income test, the rate payable was reassessed when a change of custody occurred or when the child entered or left institutional care. The daily rate payable was assessed in accordance with the following example:

Four dependent children. Fifth child rejoins family on 29th of the month. (There are 31 days in this month.) Parental income is $63,000.

Rate being paid under income test (4 children) $18.80 per month
Assess rate for 5 children under income test
Income $63,000
Less threshold (in 1988) $60,000
Annual excess income $3,000
Divide by 12 $250
Divide by 4 (tapered monthly excess) $62.50
Maximum FA rate $178.90
Less tapered monthly excess $62.50
Rate for 5 children $116.40 per month
Daily rate for 4 children $18.80 × 12 divided by 365 $0.62
FA for 4 children for 14 days (15th to 28th) 0.62c × 14 $8.68
Daily rate for 5 children $116.40 × 12 divided by 365 $3.83
FA for 5 children for 17 days (29th to 14th) $3.83 × 17 $65.11
Rate payable for FA period $65.11 + $8.68 = $73.80
Last reviewed: 1 July 2016