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What is this new child bonus in Australia? Is anyone aware or have utilized it anytime?

Please share the process and eligibility to avail the same.
 

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What is this new child bonus in Australia? Is anyone aware or have utilized it anytime?

Please share the process and eligibility to avail the same.
You get this only if you are eligible for FTB Part A. To be eligible for FTB Part A, please see below on criteria

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/family-tax-benefit/who-can-get-it/ftb-part-eligibility

Best place to read through on it is here, including application process --> https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/newborn-upfront-payment-and-newborn-supplement/who-can-get-it

Please be very careful with any payments you receive. If you make any incorrect claims, Centrelink is notorious for processing it in your favour and coming back years later to bite you hard with interest, asking for lumpsum returns, if they find you ineligible for the same. It pays to do your homework on benefit payments.
 

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Hi

What is this new child bonus in Australia? Is anyone aware or have utilized it anytime?

Please share the process and eligibility to avail the same.
Yes, we received it from Centrelink and this is what happened in our case. We moved in during Q2-2019, and though we were eligible for a some meagre FTB (Family Tax Benefits) as a family of 3, we never bothered to apply for it in FY 2018-19. But with our second child born early this year, the income limits stretched further, which made us eligible for a decent amount. So we just got a Centrelink account created and put up a claim for FTB and in return: A) we got the arrears from 2018-19 B) the consolidated payments up until then for 2019-20, C) a 'NewBorn Supplement' close to 1000 AUD (paid as 550 upfront and 40 something every fortnight over the next 5 months) D) one-time 'Economic Support Fund' of 750 AUD (due to COVID). We have also been getting fortnightly payments then on.

So to answer your question- if your child is born in Australia + you or your spouse holds a PR + you are eligible for FTB based on your income limits -> you will get 'NewBorn Supplement' whenever you make a claim within a reasonable timeframe, irrespective of whether you had received Centrelink payments up until then or not. But one catch here is that, you got to state your expected income to as close as you can, for anything overstated gets penalised hugely later on.

Australia does care about its citizens and PRs much more than we think they do.

Good luck in your claims !!
 

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Yes, we received it from Centrelink and this is what happened in our case. We moved in during Q2-2019, and though we were eligible for a some meagre FTB (Family Tax Benefits) as a family of 3, we never bothered to apply for it in FY 2018-19. But with our second child born early this year, the income limits stretched further, which made us eligible for a decent amount. So we just got a Centrelink account created and put up a claim for FTB and in return: A) we got the arrears from 2018-19 B) the consolidated payments up until then for 2019-20, C) a 'NewBorn Supplement' close to 1000 AUD (paid as 550 upfront and 40 something every fortnight over the next 5 months) D) one-time 'Economic Support Fund' of 750 AUD (due to COVID). We have also been getting fortnightly payments then on.

So to answer your question- if your child is born in Australia + you or your spouse holds a PR + you are eligible for FTB based on your income limits -> you will get 'NewBorn Supplement' whenever you make a claim within a reasonable timeframe, irrespective of whether you had received Centrelink payments up until then or not. But one catch here is that, you got to state your expected income to as close as you can, for anything overstated gets penalised hugely later on.

Australia does care about its citizens and PRs much more than we think they do.

Good luck in your claims !!
Thanks for replying and sharing your case.

Could you also share the income range which makes one eligible/ineligible?
 

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Thanks for replying and sharing your case.

Could you also share the income range which makes one eligible/ineligible?
Please go through the centrelink website wherein they have clearly mentioned various schemes, especially most common one - 'Family Tax Benefits'. If not, please have a visit to the nearby centrelink office and grap those booklets that give all the details on the income-test, asset-test, criteria and all. You can also have a chat with one of the officers sitting there, who can give you personalised options on what to claim and what not. Hope this helps.
 

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Please go through the centrelink website wherein they have clearly mentioned various schemes, especially most common one - 'Family Tax Benefits'. If not, please have a visit to the nearby centrelink office and grap those booklets that give all the details on the income-test, asset-test, criteria and all. You can also have a chat with one of the officers sitting there, who can give you personalised options on what to claim and what not. Hope this helps.
Let me rephrase it with a simple example
Lets say someone earns yearly 100K (a random amount :) ) and has non working spouse.
Is he eligible for Child bonus OR FTB or not? If yes, then what kind of benefits?
 

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FTB Part A and Part B had different limits and qualification criteria.

Using your example of 100k AUD your family would not be eligible for FTB Part A and would just be under the cap for Part B.


As Ptj1 suggests, far better to go to the Services Australia (previously Centrelink) website or office as works best for you and use your own real situation to get a proper indication of eligibility and amounts

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/family-tax-benefit


This page may also be of use... as it covers a range of payments and services that they offer when you have a new child...

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/having-baby
 
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