CHANGES to the Federal Government’s Schoolkids Bonus came into effect on January 1, meaning the payment is now means-tested. The Schoolkids Bonus will be paid automatically from January 5–19 to eligible families and students. This year, families will get the bonus only if they have an adjusted taxable income of $100,000 or less. Those eligible will receive an instalment of up to $211 for each primary student and $421 for each child secondary student. Legislation has been passed to phase out the payments, meaning the bonus will only continue until the end 2016.