The Education Tax Refund was an offset that allowed you to claim up to 50% of your children’s educational expenses.
In 2012, however, the ETR was discontinued, to be replaced by the new Schoolkids Bonus starting in January 2013. The Schoolkids Bonus is administered through the Department of Human Services, which means that you do not need to claim it on your tax return.
For 2011, transitional arrangements were made through the Department of Human Services. In June all eligible Australians should have received an ETR payment through Centrelink.
If you are filing taxes for a prior year you can still claim the Education Tax Refund on your return the old way. You could receive up to $397 for every child in primary school and up to $794 for every child in secondary school.
In order to claim the refund you must have saved receipts as proof of your children’s educational expenses. Without receipts you cannot claim any money.