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Dependent Children

Legislative Authority

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
Section 5F (definitions)
Schedule 5(10) Savings and Transitional Provisions

 

Stated Current Purpose/Intent

To financially assist veteran service pensioners, and income support supplement recipients who have dependent children.

 

Current Eligibility Criteria

A veteran or war widow/er with a dependent child or children (as defined in section 5F VEA) may qualify for Family Tax Benefit from the Family Assistance Office. A DVA income support pensioner with a dependent child or children, automatically qualifies for Family Tax Benefit Part A.

 

Date of Introduction

Additional pension for children has been payable since 1936.  Guardian allowance was first introduced in 1965.

 

Original Purpose/Intent

An acknowledgment of the additional financial strain of dependent children on persons receiving income support.

 

Significant Changes in Criteria or Purpose Since Introduction

1936

Allowance for dependent children was payable to a permanently incapacitated veteran.

1965

Additional payments made to all veterans with dependent children and the introduction of guardian allowance.

1983

Additional remote area allowance payable to veterans with children.

1989

Additional rent assistance made available to service pensioners with one or more dependent children.

1995

Dependent child add-on and guardian allowance became available to income support supplement recipients.

1996

The amount of guardian allowance was increased by $4 per fortnight for single service pensioners and income support supplement recipients, as part of a package of benefits to assist families.

1998

Responsibility for payment transferred to the Department of Social Security (now Department of Human Services) on 1 January 1998.

2000

Guardian allowance and other child related payments replaced with Family Tax Benefit Parts A & B, paid through the Family Assistance Office.