Back to school government bonus

Back-to-school government bonus

What are your options now that the Schoolkids Bonus is now longer available?

The Schoolkids Bonus was a payment of up to $840 a year made to families in Australia with school-age children to help pay for education costs. However, the Schoolkids Bonus was phased out in July 2016, so unfortunately you can't apply for it any more.

If you're running short of cash to pay educational expenses for your family, you do have other options, including:

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    TuiJanuary 10, 2017

    Is there anyway school kids bonus for 2017 or no more

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      MayJanuary 10, 2017Staff

      Hi Tui,

      Thanks for your question.

      The Schoolkids Bonus was phased out in July 2016 and there are no news yet if this will be offered again. For more information, please visit the Australian Government’s department of human services site.


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      VanessaJune 25, 2018

      Do we still get that advanced payment for kids the $700 payment that comes at the start of July?

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniJune 25, 2018Staff

      Hi Vanessa,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      This Schoolkids Bonus payment has stopped since July 2016. You can no longer update your child’s education details to receive this payment.

      As per this DHS page, the payment rates were 2 payments of:

      – $215 for each child in primary school – a total of $430 per child per year
      – $428 for each child in secondary school – a total of $856 per child per year

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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    MariaJanuary 4, 2017

    I just wanna ask. Are we mothers still getting the school kids bonus this year?

    • finder Customer Care
      LouJanuary 4, 2017Staff

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, the Schoolkids Bonus was phased out in July 2016.

      You may want to check out other government assistance for students here.


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    MoragFebruary 8, 2016

    As a disability pension recipient with five school aged children, am I eligible for the back to school government bonus. If so, will this payment continue beyond 2016 in my circumstances? Thanks

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      annaJuly 26, 2016

      I would like to ask if we will be getting the school bonus for 2017 as my husband is not working because i care for him and my youngest is still in high school. Let me know, please. Thank you.

    • finder Customer Care
      MayJuly 27, 2016Staff

      Hi Anna,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Just to confirm that you’ve come through to we are an Australian financial comparison website and general information service.

      If you are receiving a Family Tax Benefit Part A, then you will be eligible to receive the Schoolkids Bonus payment allowance. I suggest that you contact Centrelink directly to inquire if the bonus payment for 2017 will be available for you.


    • finder Customer Care
      StephanieFebruary 16, 2016Staff

      Hi Morag,

      Thanks for your question.

      As stated above, if you are on the Disability Support Pension, you will need to contact your nearest Centrelink to confirm if you are eligible for the government bonus. You can find your closest Centrelink by searching here.

      Hope that helps,


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    jenJuly 7, 2015

    hi i would like to know how come i only got 400 for two children when one of my kids is in high school?

    • finder Customer Care
      ElizabethJuly 9, 2015Staff

      Hi Jen,

      Thanks for your question.

      Please note that is a financial comparison service and is not in a position to advise you on the amount of money you are eligible to receive as a Government bonus. You’ll need to get in contact with Centrelink directly if you have any queries regarding your payments.



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    kerryJanuary 19, 2015

    my daughter starts high school here in qld grade 7 now high school
    we have just been paid the school ids bonus of $211 that is for a child in primary school
    are we entitled for the payment for her now she is starting high school as the amount we have spent is over $1000 and she hasn’t walked in the gate yet thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      ShirleyJanuary 19, 2015Staff

      Hi Kerry,

      Thanks for your question.

      In Queensland, preparatory school or primary school is considered to be years 1-7 in which the primary school rate payment applies. Secondary school rates applies for years 8-12.


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    rosymclachlanJune 4, 2014

    Do we get paid schoolkid bonus in June 2014

    • finder Customer Care
      ShirleyJune 6, 2014Staff

      Hi Rosy,

      Thanks for your question. is an online comparison service, we are not affiliated with the Department of Human Services.

      Please speak to Centrelink to enquire about this.


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    lee-anneJune 2, 2014

    if my son is only sixteen years of age ,and is receiving the youth allowance payment, is he eligible for the school kids bonus

    • finder Customer Care
      ShirleyJune 3, 2014Staff

      Hi Lee-anne,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve sent you a link to the Schoolkids Bonus page where the eligibility requirements are listed.


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    BronMay 2, 2014

    Jeremy, do we know yet if the second half of the back to school bonus for 2014 will still be paid in June?

    • finder Customer Care
      MarcMay 5, 2014Staff

      Hi Bron,
      thanks for the question.

      Unfortunately there haven’t been any notable developments in regards to this matter yet. I’d recommend checking the Australian Families facebook page for the latest information about the Schoolkids Bonus. I’ve sent you a link to this.


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    leticiaFebruary 12, 2014

    if i was paid for a child being in primary,but was
    enrolled n high school this year what would happen?(this happened to me!)

    • finder Customer Care
      MarcFebruary 13, 2014Staff

      Hi Leticia,
      thanks for the question!

      If you were paid for a primary school, when you in fact had a child in high school, you may wish to contact the Department of Human Services and bring the matter to their attention. They should be able to rectify the problem.


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      SujeetaJanuary 9, 2017

      I would like to know we are able to get the school bonus as I do get family tax part A and as my husband is not work and I’m as carer of him .

    • finder Customer Care
      LouJanuary 9, 2017Staff

      Hi Sujeeta,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Unfortunately, the Schoolkids Bonus was already phased out in July 2016. You may want to check out this page for other government assistance for students.


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