Financial Help in Australia for New Zealand Families


Family Assistance

Are you a New Zealand family in Australia? If so, several kinds of financial help may be available to you from the Australian government.

To qualify for these benefits you must be an Australian resident. You will most likely be a resident as a result of your New Zealand special-category visa, meaning you have a New Zealand passport allowing you to live and work in Australia permanently.

You can claim benefits immediately, provided you intend to live in Australia permanently.

Children you claim for must also be Australian residents or be living with you.

How To Apply

You can apply for any of the Australian government payments listed below by registering for Centrelink Online Services.

Family Tax Benefit

Family Tax Benefits are intended to help you with the costs of raising your children. There are two tax-free payments called: Family Tax Benefit Part A and Family Tax Benefit Part B.

If you meet the criteria, you can be paid Part A plus Part B benefits. Claiming one does not stop you claiming the other.

Family Tax Benefit Part A

This benefit is available if you have dependent children. It is income tested and tax-free.

If your family’s adjusted taxable income for the 2012-13 financial year is $47,815 or less, you will receive the full benefit.

If your adjusted taxable income is more than $47,815, your payment will be reduced by 20 cents for each dollar above $47,815 until it reaches the base rate. Your Family Tax Benefit Part A will stay at that base rate until your family’s adjusted taxable income reaches $94,316 a year (plus $3796 for each Family Tax Benefit child after the first). Family Tax Benefit Part A will reduce by 30 cents for every dollar over that amount until your payment reaches nil.

Maximum Payment Rates For Family Benefit Part A

For Each Child Aged Schooling Criteria Amount Per Fortnight
0 – 12 years$169.68
13 – 15 years $220.64
16 – 19 yearsSecondary school student $220.64
16 – 17 yearsCompleted secondary study $54.32
18 – 21 yearsCompleted secondary study$72.80

Base Payment Rates For Family Benefit Part A

For Each Child Aged Amount Per Fortnight
under 18 years $54.32
18–19 years, secondary student $54.32
18–21 years$72.80

Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement

For Each ChildMaximum Extra Annual Payment
       $726.35*

* You may qualify for an additional payment for each child after the end of the financial year. This is done automatically by Centrelink once you have filed your return or advised Centrelink that you are not required to file one. The amount of supplement you get will depend on your family’s income or circumstances.


Family Tax Benefit Part B

Family Tax Benefit Part B gives extra help to single parents and families with one main income. An example of this is where one parent stays at home to care for a child full-time or balances some paid work with caring for a child.

Family Tax Benefit Part B is for families (single parent or couple) in which the primary earner has an adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less per year. Secondary earners can earn up to $5,037 each year before benefit payments are affected; payments are then reduced by 20 cents for each dollar of income earned over $5,037.

Maximum Payment Rates For Family Benefit Part B

Age of youngest child Amount Per Fortnight Annual Amount*
under 5 years$144.34 $4117.20
5 – 18 years $100.66 $2978.40

*includes supplement

Family Benefits in Australia

Family Tax Benefit Part B supplement
You may qualify for a Family Tax Benefit Part B supplement of up to $354.05 per family after the end of the financial year. This is done automatically by Centrelink once you have filed your return or advised Centrelink that you are not required to file one. The amount of supplement you get will depend on your family’s income or circumstances.

Shared Care
If you share the care of your child, there are special rules about how much Family Tax Benefit (A and B) you can be paid.

Baby Bonus

The Baby Bonus is not taxable and is $5,000 per child paid in 13 fortnightly instalments. It is income tested and is paid to eligible families following the birth of a child. If your family does not qualify for the Baby Bonus, you may be eligible for Parental Leave pay. You cannot receive both Parental Leave Pay and the Baby Bonus.

To qualify for the Baby Bonus, in addition to the residency requirements mentioned above, your child must be an Australian resident AND must be living with you.

Parental Leave Pay

Parental Leave Pay is an income tested taxable benefit available for working parents with a newborn child. You could get Parental Leave Pay if you are in full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, contract, or self-employed work. If eligible, you may receive up to 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage.

If you qualify for both the Baby Bonus and Parental Leave Pay, you can decide which one to take.

Childcare Benefits

If you pay for childcare or even if grandparents, relatives or friends help to look after your children, you may qualify for Childcare benefit. Find out if you qualify and how much you may receive here.


Comments

  1. Hi ,, We citizen of New Zealand and we decided to travel after being 9 years in the country and never left , My wife and mY son citizens as well,, we have had $ 145/week tax credit received until 31 March and we need to extend it ,Now ‘ we are overseas at the moment left 3 weeks ago .My wife lost here jobs so she went home to help her parents for a few months and I come to Australia to found some work ,, cause I didn’t have any jobs for the last 8 months as a carpenter In Auckland and it was too complicated to get unemployed Benefit there is no carpentry jobs In auckland and I didnt want tospend my time onbenefit , ,, ,.Im just wondering are we still eligible for family tax credit ? I found other pages what . as long as I not leaving more then 325 days Im still tax person but we wont be away that long anyway ,,,but if yes how do we organize it , we only left 3 weeks ago we forget oi sort it out ,,who do we call to extend it now ,,thx for your help