Payments for families
Payments & services
- Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme
- Baby Bonus
- Carer Adjustment Payment
- Carer Allowance
- Child Care Benefit
- Child Care Rebate
- Child Disability Assistance Payment
- Dad and Partner Pay
- Double Orphan Pension
- Education Entry Payment
- Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B
- Fares Allowance
- Helping Young Parents
- Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance
- Parental Leave Pay
- Parenting Payment
- Pensioner Education Supplement
- Rent Assistance
- Schoolkids Bonus
- Single Income Family Supplement
- Telephone Allowance
- Transitional Farm Family Payment
- Youth Allowance
We provide a range of payments and services that help you to look after your children’s education and health care, and any family issues that may pop up along the way.
We provide payments to help you with expenses for raising children, looking after health issues and managing your finances.
Our online estimator helps you decide payment options for your family. You can also see how much Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate you may be able to get.
Birth and adoption
If you have just had a baby or recently adopted a child Baby Bonus, paid in 13 fortnightly instalments, is available to eligible families following birth or adoption.
The Paid Parental Leave scheme provides financial support to eligible working parents when they take time off work to care for a newborn or recently adopted child. There are two payments available under the scheme:
- Parental Leave Pay (up to 18 weeks) if you are a child’s primary carer, and
- Dad and Partner Pay (up to two weeks) for dads or partners, available from 1 January 2013
On 1 July 2012, Maternity Immunisation Allowance and immunisation requirements changed. Read more about these changes.
Payments such as Family Tax Benefit and Parenting Payment can help you with the costs of raising children. You may be eligible if you are a carer of a child, whether it’s your birth, grand, foster, or adopted child.
If you are 19 years of age or under, receive Parenting Payment and live in one of 10 selected Local Government Areas we will be contacting you as part of Helping Young Parents.
Child care support
To assist you with the cost of using child care services there is:
- Child Care Benefit which helps cover long day care, family day care, occasional day care, outside school hour care, vacation care, pre-school, and kindergarten child care
- Child Care Rebate which covers 50 percent of out-of-pocket child-care expenses, up to a maximum amount per child per year, in addition to the Child Care Benefit.
- Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance which can help you meet the cost of approved child care by paying some of the 'gap fee' not covered by Child Care Benefit for the hours of care you need for approved activities such as job search, work, study or training
To help with the costs of caring for children who are orphans or unable to be cared for by their parents in certain circumstances, the Double Orphan Pension is available.
If eligible, you can claim Family Tax Benefit Part A for your children who are in study, up to the end of the calendar year in which they turn 19.
There are payments to help you with expenses relating to your children’s education. For example, Youth Allowance provides financial help for young people who are studying full time, undertaking a full-time Australian apprenticeship or training, looking for work or sick.
The Education Entry Payment is available if you receive specified income support payments to assist with the cost of study.
The Schoolkids Bonus can help you with education costs. It is paid to eligible families in two instalments, in January and July each year.
We provide financial support to help families with the cost of health care. The Youth Disability Supplement provides additional financial support to young people with a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability who receive certain income support payments.
The Carer Adjustment Payment is a one-off payment that helps families deal with the increased care needs of a child aged six years or younger who has had a sudden and severe illness or accident.