The following terms are all related to maintenance.
Maintenance refers to payments or benefits received by an individual for the upkeep of an FTB child that is received from:
Maintenance may include child maintenance (including child support), direct child maintenance and partner (spousal) maintenance.
Act reference: FAAct section 3(1)-'maintenance'
Maintenance income in relation to an individual means:
but does not include disability expenses maintenance.
Act reference: FAAct section 3(1)-'maintenance income'
For the purposes of FTB, a maintenance action exemption occurs when a decision is made by Centrelink that an individual does not have to take action to obtain child support from a payer.
For the purposes of FTB and baby bonus income estimates, non-cash maintenance is payments or benefits made to an individual or their child, for the maintenance of either the individual or their child, and received from:
Non-cash maintenance includes non-cash support, or payments made to a third party.
Examples: Components that may form non-cash maintenance include:
For the purposes of FTB, non-cash housing maintenance refers to maintenance income of an individual that is not cash maintenance and is received in relation to the provision of a residence that is, or is to be, the individual's principal home.
Capitalised maintenance in relation to an individual means maintenance paid by an individual:
A capitalised maintenance amount reflects a capitalisation period, which is the period of time the capitalised maintenance is meant to be used. Capitalised maintenance can be a single transfer of cash or property, but does not include property awarded to a non-resident parent as part of a matrimonial property settlement.
Policy reference: FA Guide 220.127.116.11 Capitalised Maintenance
Capitalised maintenance income in relation to an individual means maintenance income of the individual:
Capitalised maintenance income does not include maintenance income that is annualised or received under a notional assessment as set out in clauses 20B and 20C under Schedule 1 of A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.
Act reference: FAAct section 3(1)-'capitalised maintenance income'
Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 section 146E Notional assessments, section 84(1)(e) ...lump sum payment provisions...
For the purposes of FTB, private collection refers to maintenance (including child support) that is collected directly from the payer by the payee. Private collection of maintenance does not involve Child Support.
Last reviewed: 12 August 2013