(Information current as at 11 October 2019)
The following are payments available from Centrelink to help families.
|Birth and Adoption
Parental Leave Pay
|A short term payment while you're on leave from work to care for your new child. You must be the primary carer of a newborn or newly adopted child, individually earned less than $150,000 in the last financial year, be on leave or not working whilst receiving Parental Leave Pay and have done enough work in the last 13 months before to meet the work test.
|Dad & Partner Pay
||A payment each week for up to 2 weeks while you're on unpaid leave from work to care for your new child. You must be caring for a newborn or newly adopted child, individually earned less than $150,000 in the last financial year, not be working or taking paid leave during your Dad and Partner Pay period, have done enough work in the 13 months before to meet the work test.
|Family Tax Benefits (A & B)
||A 2 part payment that helps with the cost of raising children. You must have a dependent child or full time secondary student aged 16 - 19 who isn't receiving a pension, payment or benefit such as Youth Allowance, provide care for the child for at least 35% of the time and meet an income test.
||The main income support payment while you're a young child's main carer. You must have income under the limits, meet principal carer rules and care for a child under 8 if you're single or under 6 if you're partnered, meet residence rules.
|Help With Child Care
Child Care Subsidy
|Assistance to help you with the cost of child care from 2 July 2018. You must care for a child 13 or younger who is not attending secondary school (unless an exemption applies), use an approved child care service, be responsible for paying the child care fees and meet residency and immunisation requirements. For more information visit our information sheet on Child Care Subsidy.
|Help With Education
|Financial help if you're either 24 or younger and a student or Australian Apprentice,or 21 or younger and looking for work. Eligibility basics are as follows: 16-21 and looking for full time work, or 18-24 and studying full time, or 16-24 and a full time Australian Apprentice, or 16-17 and independent or needing to live away from home to study, or 16 to 17 studying full time and have completed year 12 or equivalent, income tests also apply.
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