Child allowance helps with the extra costs of maintaining a dependent child at the posting location.
This Part applies to a member who has at least one child who is a dependant.
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
This table sets out when eligibility for child allowance 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.|
This table sets out when eligibility for child allowance 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.|
The amount of child allowance is based on the member's salary, the age of the child and the local post index.
This table shows how to work out the amount a member is eligible to be paid.
|1.||Work out 1.5% of the member's salary.|
|2.||If the child is:
|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.
A salary of AUD 55,000.
Two children, aged 13 and 10.
A post index of 133.2.
This table shows how to work out the total child allowance for the two children.
|Item||For the child aged...||the child allowance is...|
|Total for both children||AUD 3,096.90 + AUD 4,428.90 = AUD 7,525.80|
This section applies to a member who meets all the following conditions.
The member has a dependant child.
See: Chapter 12 Part 3 section 12.3.5, Dependant
The member has received any of the following benefits.
Carer allowance for a child under the Social Security Act 1991.
Double orphan pension under the Social Security Act 1991.
Family tax benefit (Part A and Part B rate) under the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.
Parenting payment (single) under the Social Security Act 1991.
The benefit described in paragraph b. is reduced or lost for either of the following reasons.
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.
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.
The member is eligible for an amount equal to the reduction in the amount of any benefit set out in paragraph 1.b.
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.
The child or parent returns to Australia before beginning another long-term overseas posting.
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.
The member will continue to receive the additional amount under subsection 2, if all of the following conditions are met.
They have been eligible for an additional amount under subsection 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.
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.