A regular care child of an individual is a child who:
For CCB, a regular care child is also a child determined by the Secretary under specified provisions to be a regular care child.
Act reference: FAAct section 3(1)-'regular care child', section 25A Effect of FTB child being in individual's care for less than 35% of a period
Policy reference: FA Guide 126.96.36.199 FTB child
An individual who has care of a child for less than 35% of the time will not be eligible for the child components of FTB.
Instead of receiving the child components of FTB, a parent who has care of a child between 14% to less than 35% of the time will have the costs of the child taken into account in working out how much child support the parent will pay. This level of care is called regular care and will be counted as meeting 24% of the costs of raising the child for child support purposes.
For FTB applicants/recipients with regular care of a child, they will continue to be eligible for the RA component of FTB Part A and other government benefits, if they meet eligibility requirements. The benefits include:
A parent who has shared care of a child for 35% to 65% of the time will be eligible for a share of the child components of FTB. This includes fortnightly or lump sum payments as well as supplements. If an applicant/recipient has more than 65% care of an eligible FTB child, they will receive 100% of the payment.
Last reviewed: 1 October 2010