This section contains one topic that outlines the obligations of an FTB instalment individual (1.1.I.100) to provide notification of any changes in circumstances that may affect their entitlement (1.1.E.30) to or their rate of FTB.
An instalment individual must notify Centrelink of anything that happens or is likely to happen that would:
This includes a change of address which must be notified within 14 days of the event.
This section covers information required in the following circumstances:
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 7 How to claim, section 25 Obligation to notify change of circumstances, section 25A Secretary's power to approve a manner of notification
FTB individuals must report any change in care arrangements for an FTB child, whether in relation to a change to a written care arrangement (1.1.C.05), or to arrangements that are based on a verbal agreement or an established pattern of care (1.1.P.70). If 2 or more instalment individuals share the care of an FTB child the notification of a change in the care arrangements by one individual may affect the FTB entitlement of the other carer. Once notified, Centrelink should contact each individual to confirm the change in care arrangements.
Explanation: If one parent/carer reports a change in care arrangements and that is confirmed by the other parent/carer, FTB entitlements should be reassessed from the date the change occurred. If one or more individuals disagree that a change has occurred, Centrelink must investigate whether a change has occurred before FTB entitlements are reassessed.
Note: From 1 July 2010, an assessment of care that is determined by either Centrelink for FTB purposes or Child Support for child support purposes will have effect for the other agency in relation to care periods that begin on or after this date. This means that where a care assessment has been determined by Child Support, that care assessment will be used by Centrelink to assess eligibility for, and the rate of, FTB. For individuals who receive FTB from Centrelink and also have a child support assessment with Child Support, changes in care can be advised to either agency.
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 25 Obligation to notify change of circumstances, section 25A Secretary's power to approve a manner of notification
Example: The individual must notify Centrelink where their:
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 20 Determination of rate to be based on estimate, indexed estimate or indexed actual income, section 25 Obligation to notify change of circumstances
An instalment individual must notify of an increase in an FTB child's ATI in order to minimise the risk of overpayment. The individual must contact Centrelink with the relevant details:
An FTB child may receive increased income from such sources as:
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 20 Determination of rate may be based on estimate, indexed estimate or indexed actual income, section 25 Obligation to notify change of circumstances, section 25A Secretary's power to approve a manner of notification
Policy reference: FA Guide 1.1.C.80 Cut-out amount (FTB) 22.214.171.124 Change of Circumstances - General Provisions, 126.96.36.199 Change of Eligibility Circumstances, 188.8.131.52 Change of Rate Circumstances, 7.1.2 FA Debts - Individuals & ACOs
Last reviewed: 12 August 2013