The Australian Government wants all children to start school healthy and ready to learn.

From July 2011, parents or carers on income support who receive Family Tax Benefit Part A need to make sure their four year old child gets a health check before they start school.

In order to get the $726 end-of-year Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement, parents who are on income support must get their four year old children checked for health issues such as hearing or sight impairment before they start school.

State and Territory based health assessments, a general health check provided by a local GP or the Medicare Benefit Scheme Healthy Kids Checks are all acceptable health checks for the purposes of the Healthy Start for School measure. For example, if you have completed a three year old check outlined in your child’s personal health record book you may meet the requirements of this initiative. Download the table to find out how you can complete a health check in your state or territory

To avoid any delay in receiving your Family Tax Benefit Part A end of financial year supplement, it is important that you tell Centrelink that your child’s health check has been completed.