Benefits and Rebates

When it comes to covering the cost of childcare, there are a few ways you may receive assistance, namely via the Child Care Benefit & Child Care Rebate. Below is the basic information you need to know about both, as well as some handy links to useful web pages to help you determine your eligibility and potential assistance amount.

Child Care Benefit - Upto July 2018

You may receive the childcare benefit if you are a parent, relationship parent, foster parent or grandparent with a child in your care who is attending a childcare service. Approved services include Long Day Care, Family Day Care, Outside School Hours Care (including before and after school and during school holidays), Occasional Care and In Home Care.

In order to be eligible to receive the child care benefit, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You or your partner must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident living in Australia or be exempted from the Government’s residency requirements.
  • All children up to the age of 19 must meet the Government’s immunisation requirements or have a valid exemption.
  • To get CCB you must be the one responsible for your child care costs. If your employer contributes to your child care through salary sacrificing or packaging, you may not be eligible to receive CCB. You can test your eligibility with the Department of Human Services.

    There are a number of factors that will influence how much you are eligible to receive, including:

    • Your income and your partner’s (if you have one) income
    • The type of care you use (CCB approved or registered)
    • The amount of care you use
    • The reason you are using care
    • The number of children you have in care

    More Information

    You can find more information regarding the Child Care Benefit, eligibility and payment rates here:

    humanservices.gov.aumychild.gov.au

    Child Care Rebate

    The childcare rebate is a non-means tested payment to help working families cover the costs of childcare. In order to receive the Child Care Rebate, you must be eligible to receive the Child Care Benefit. If you are eligible for CCB but receive a zero payment due to your income, you may still be able to receive the CCR as there is no income test.

    In order to be eligible to receive the childcare rebate, you must meet the following criteria:

    • Be using CCB approved care. Approved services include Long Day Care, Family Day Care, Outside School Hours Care (including before and after school and during school holidays), Occasional Care and In Home Care.
    • Be eligible for the CCB payment (even at a zero payment rate)
    • Both you and your partner (if you have one) must have work, training or study related commitments during the week (no minimum hours required)

    If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may receive 50% of your out of pocket expenses until you reach the annual limit (currently $7,500 per child). Your out of pocket expenses are the amount that you pay for your child care AFTER your CCB and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (if applicable) payments have been deducted.

    More Information

    You can find more information regarding the Child Care Rebate, eligibility and payment rates here:

    mychild.gov.au

    Estimate your potential Child Care payments here:

    centrelink.gov.auhumanservices.gov.au

    Still have questions? Check out FAQ here:

    mychild.gov.au

    Child Care Subsidy

    From 2 July 2018, there will be a New Child Care Package, providing more support for more families.

    The package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to services. There are also changes to the annual cap which will make child care more affordable for most families.

    Three things will determine a family's level of Child Care Subsidy:

    • Combined family income
    • Activity level of parents
    • Type of child care service

    Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy for a child.

    These include:

    • the age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school)
    • the child meeting immunisation requirements
    • the individual, or their partner, meeting the residency requirements.

    The Child Care Safety Net

    The package includes a $1.2 billion Safety Net to give the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, including those from regional and remote communities, a strong start through access to quality early learning and child care.

    Next steps

    The current arrangements don't change until 2 July 2018. More information about what families need to do to prepare for the change will be available in early 2018. Visit education.gov.au for more information about the Childcare Subsidy package.

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