Maintenance Action Test Exemption

In order to receive the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit A, payees are required to take “Maintenance Action”.   This means having a current child support assessment in place; or having an exemption from seeking child support.  Where there is no exemption from seeking maintenance, the payee drops to the base rate of FTB A.

Maintenance Exemptions are used where:

The payee fears that if they take action for child support the payer will react violently towards them or their family.

Seeking child support may have a harmful or disruptive effect on them or the payer.

The paternity is ‘unknown’ which may be a signal that the payee is afraid of violence if paternity is disclosed.

Cultural Considerations

When granted FTB for the first time an automatic 13 week applies.  All Exemptions are all assessed by Social workers and during this process a 60-day exemption is granted.