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Division 4: Child allowance – member posted before 1 July 2017

15.2.18 Purpose

Child allowance helps with the extra costs of maintaining a dependent child at the posting location.

15.2.18A Member this Division applies to

This Part applies to a member who has at least one child who is a dependant.

15.2.19 Member this Division does not apply to

This Division does not apply to a member in respect of a child for whom the member is receiving child reunion allowance.

See: Division 5, Child reunion allowance

15.2.20 Eligibility – child allowance

  1. This table sets out when eligibility for child allowance begins.

    Eligibility begins
    Item Eligibility begins on the later of...
    1. The day the member's period of posting begins.
    2. The day the child arrives to begin living at the member's posting location.
  2. This table sets out when eligibility for child allowance ends.

    Eligibility ends
    Item Eligibility ends on the later of...
    1. The day the member's posting period ends.
    2. The day the member becomes eligible for child reunion allowance for the child.
    3. Four weeks after the day the child stops living at the member's posting location.

15.2.21 Working out child allowance

  1. The amount of child allowance is based on the member's salary, the age of the child and the local post index.

  2. This table shows how to work out the amount a member is eligible to be paid.

    Calculation of child allowance
    Step Action
    1. Work out 1.5% of the member's salary.
    2. If the child is:
    1. under 12 years old, then add AUD 1,500 to the step 1 amount.
    2. 12 or more years old, then add AUD 2,500 to the step 1 amount.
    3. Multiply the step 2 amount by the post index.
    See: Chapter 12 Part 3 section 12.3.14A, Post index

    Example: A member is on long-term posting in Paris. The member has the following.

    1. A salary of AUD 55,000.

    2. Two children, aged 13 and 10.

    3. A post index of 133.2.

  3. This table shows how to work out the total child allowance for the two children.

    Calculation for two children
    Item For the child aged... the child allowance is...
    1. 10 years
    1. AUD 55,000 x 0.015 = AUD 825
    2. AUD 825 + AUD 1,500 = AUD 2,325
    3. AUD 2,325 x 133.2% = AUD 3,096.90
    2. 13 years
    1. AUD 55,000 x 0.015 = AUD 825
    2. AUD 825 + AUD 2,500 = AUD 3,325
    3. AUD 3,325 x 133.2% = AUD 4,428.90
    Total for both children AUD 3,096.90 + AUD 4,428.90 = AUD 7,525.80

15.2.22 Allowance if family assistance benefit lowered

  1. This section applies to a member who meets all the following conditions.

    1. The member has a dependant child.

      See: Chapter 12 Part 3 section 12.3.5, Dependant

    2. The member has received any of the following benefits.

      1. Carer allowance for a child under the Social Security Act 1991.

      2. Double orphan pension under the Social Security Act 1991.

      3. Family tax benefit (Part A and Part B rate) under the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.

      4. Parenting payment (single) under the Social Security Act 1991.

      See:
      Social Security Act 1991
      A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999

    3. The benefit described in paragraph b. is reduced or lost for either of the following reasons.

      1. The child or the parent who normally receives the benefit described in paragraph b, is away from Australia because of the member's long-term overseas posting.

      2. The benefit described in paragraph b. is reduced because the member receives money from Defence for the child's education costs due to their long-term overseas posting.

  2. The member is eligible for an amount equal to the reduction in the amount of any benefit set out in paragraph 1.b.

  3. At the end of the long-term overseas posting, the member continues to be eligible for the additional amount under subsection 2 in either of the following circumstances.

    1. The child or parent returns to Australia before beginning another long-term overseas posting.

    2. While the child or parent is in Australia, they are ineligible for the relevant benefit because of the expected absence due to the next long-term overseas posting.

  4. The member will continue toreceive the additional amount under subsection 2, if all of the following conditions are met.

    1. They have been eligible for an additional amount under subsection 2.

    2. A parent of the child returns to Australia. Within three weeks, the parent applies for the benefit for which they were eligible for the additional amount under subsection 2.

  5. The allowance under subsection 4 is payable for the period starting on the day of the parent's return. It ends the day before they become eligible for the relevant benefit.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.




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