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13.6.2 Family Tax Benefit (FTB)


13.6.2  Family Tax Benefit (FTB)

FTB is a two part payment that helps with the cost of raising children and is a payment made by the Department of Human Services to a family for general costs, not specifically to help with education costs. Family Tax Benefit (FTB) payments are non-taxable and there is no capacity to make FTB payments to the child. The broader scope of FTB means that the benefits derived from it extend to the whole family - not only to the students in the family. This should be taken into consideration when families with secondary school students aged 16-17 are deciding whether to receive FTB or an education allowance under the Education Schemes, as some families may be financially better off to remain on FTB until the child finishes secondary schooling. Both DVA and Centrelink can assist the family in deciding which payment is more financially beneficial.

If a family chooses to receive FTB payments, the child is still eligible for guidance, counselling and tuition under the Education Schemes. Following legal advice provided to DVA, generally (special) financial assistance may also be paid. See section 13.5.3 of the Education Schemes policy manual for further information.