Defence Family Matters : May 2016
DFMMay2016 27 NEW FAMILY PAYMENT RULES I f you receive Family Tax Benefit, childcare payments or Double Orphan Pension, new rules affect how long you can continue to be paid while travelling overseas. Currently, you can be paid these family payments for up to 56 weeks while you are temporarily overseas. From 1 July 2016 you will only be able to receive the payments while temporarily overseas for six weeks. The change will also affect related payments like Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement, Stillborn Baby Payment, and Single Income Family Supplement. This new rule will also apply to children who are travelling overseas. If one or more of your children travel overseas while you remain in Australia with another child, only payments for the children who are overseas will be affected. If you or your child leave Australia temporarily before 1 July 2016 and are still overseas on that date, you will still continue to receive your payments for up to 56 weeks. Once you return to Australia, the new rule will apply if you leave again. If you’re a member of the Australian Defence Force deployed overseas, or the Australian Federal Police engaged in peacekeeping or capacity building activities overseas, you may be eligible for an extension of your Family Tax Benefit for up to three years. n www.humanservices.gov.au From 1 July 2016 NEW RULES MAY AFFECT how long your FAMILY PAYMENTS can continue while you are overseas. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES A No. 1 Squadron member is greeted by his family on return to RAAF Base Amberley. Photo by Corporal Shannon McCarthy.