This January, parents of the 1.3million school aged children who meet income test requirements will receive half of a new payment designed to help families with school costs.
From 9 to 22 January eligible families will receive, directly into their bank accounts:
– $205 for each primary student (with another $205 paid in July) and
– $410 for each secondary student (with another $410 paid in July).
The Schoolkids Bonus replaces the old Education Tax Refund but there’s no need to collect receipts or claim it through your tax.
Handy if you’re buying school shoes, uniforms or getting kids haircuts this week. Judging by the chaos at my local store, pretty much everyone in Australia is doing exactly that right now..
You need to be receiving an eligible payment, which for most people means Family Tax Benefit A. If you’re not receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A, you can find out if you’re eligible here.
Note that if you receive your Family Tax Benefit as a lump sum at the end of the year, you will receive your payment then, so don’t panic if it’s not there now.
While you’re at it, there is also quite a good online estimator to help you work out eligibility for any other family payments here.
The good news is that if you think you’re eligible but haven’t applied yet, you won’t get the money this week but you can still register your children and receive the payment here.
Note that while it’s *technically* possible to do this all online, we find the website very clunky and difficult to use, as opposed to collecting an paper copy of the form from your local DHS Service centre or Medicare office.
It may not cover a round of school shoes and uniforms for everyone, but every little bit helps!