The Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate are governmental programs that help with out-of-pocket child care costs. They offer supplemental fee assistance that can make all the difference for your family when budgeting for Child Care.
To be eligible for Child Care Benefit, you need to:
- use approved or registered child care
- be responsible for paying the child care fees for your child
- ensure your child is immunised, on an immunisation catch up schedule, or is exempt from the immunisation requirements, and
- meet the residence requirements
To receive more than a zero rate of Child Care Benefit you must meet the income test.
Other factors can affect your Child Care Benefit, including:
- your child starting school
- changes to income
- entering a salary sacrifice arrangement with your employer in which some or all of your child care fees are paid for you
- one of your children stops using care
- you or your partner no longer meeting the Work, Training, Study test, and
- your work, training or study related commitments
For more information regarding your Child Care Benefit entitlements click on the link below or Call the Family Assistance Office at 13 61 50 or contact Centrelink with any questions
The Child Care Rebate
The Child Care Rebate allows you to claim up to 50% of your child care fees.
The program is not means tested. Rather, you can receive the benefit if you are utilising child care for work, training, or educational reasons.
Keep in mind that even if you don’t qualify or receive zero payment from the Child Care Benefit (CCB) program, you do need to apply for CCB in order to be eligible for the Child Care Rebate.
If you receive approval from either the CCB or Child Care Rebate program, you’ll pay less out-of-pocket for child care fees.
For more information regarding your Child Care Rebate entitlements click on the link below or Call the Family Assistance Office at 13 61 50 or contact Centrelink with any questions