State Benefits in Australia

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Overview of Benefits

The Australian government provides a range of benefits to help people on low incomes, those caring for children, senior citizens and people in many other situations of hardship.

As new migrants, you may not qualify immediately for some of these benefits. Please read our disclaimer statement.

Family Assistance

The Family Assistance Office ( can provide financial help with the cost of parenting. This includes Family Tax Benefit, Maternity Allowances, Rent Assistance and Health Care cards. Click Here to go straight to their page summarising all payments.

Family Tax Benefit

Is a payment for those caring for children. It can be paid fortnightly, as a lump sum at the end of the tax year, or used to offset your tax liability. It has two parts;

Part A

Generally, most families get some or all of Part A. It can be as high as $133 per child per fortnight, but is reduced according to family income. See the Family Assistance Office for more.

Part B

Generally, Part B is only paid where one partner has no (or a very low) income. See the Family Assistance Office for more.


Centrelink ( can provide financial help for people in various situations of hardship, including:
  • People looking for work
  • People undertaking study or training
  • People with injuries or diabilities, or those caring for them
  • People needing help in retirement (Age Pension)

Visit the Individuals Menu at the Centrelink website for more information.


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