A brief introduction to the parenting welfare in Australia
At the moment when giving birth to children, the hospital would give the parents a form which includes the signature of doctors indicating the birth of the child. The Welfare included in this form is listed as bellow:
This is a one-off allowance valued at $5000; everyone would have the right to get it.
Family tax benefit part A:
This is valid to all the family with children. When the family income is lower than $4,000, the family would then be able to get it all. Then with the increasing of the income this allowance would gradually decrease accordingly (every time there will be a reduction of 20cents for the allowance when the family income increases 1 dollar after the bench mark above )
For Children under 13: $140.84/2 weeks; children under 13-15: $179.76/2 weeks; children under 16-17: $45.36/2 weeks; children under 18-24: $61.04/2weeks.
Family tax benefit part B:
This is only provided to family within which there is just one parent who has income. When the other parent’s income is lower than $4,234 a year then a full allowance would be issued. For the child under 5: $120.96/2weeks; 5-15: $84.28/2weeks.
Child care benefit:
This is for childcare, which means that this allowance would not be paid directly to the family. When the income of the family is lower than $98,345 (one child), $106,629 (2 children) $121,130 (3 children or more with each one more child the bench mark increasing $20,221), this allowance will then be valid. The maximum payment is $ 2.96/hr.
Maternity Immunisation Allowance:
This is the fee for immunisation, valued at $227.90. When the child finishes his or her immunisation injections, this allowance would be made to the parent one-off.
This is for the low income family with kids under 6 years old. And the applicant must be Australian PR for at least 2 years time; The family bank deposit should not be over $346,000 (without house)/$229,000 (with houses); also, the main applicant’s income cannot be over : $726.34/2weeks, and the income of the spouse cannot be over: $1360.00/2weeks, with the combining income not being over $1453.34/2weeks. The allowance of the parenting payment is $379.80/2weeks.
Health care card:
If you’ve got the full FTB A, you would then automatically get the Health care card, which enables discounts when medicine purchases are made.
If you rent houses, and you are eligible for FTB, you could then get this Rent Assistance Allowance.
For more welfare information, please dial:02-9281 6299.