The Child Care Benefit is income tested and is usually paid directly to approved Child Care Services to reduce the fees that eligible families pay. You can apply for the Child Care Benefit online or in person through Centrelink. To apply online, visit the Department of Human Services website.
•Your child must be attending approved child care or registered child care•You or your partner must meet the residency and child’s immunisation requirements•You must be the person responsible for paying the child care fees Child Care RebateAn additional payment to the Child Care Benefit is the Child Care Rebate. The Rebate helps families cover the out-of-pocket costs of child care and it is not income tested. Even if your family income is too high for you to receive the Child Care Benefit, you may be eligible for the Child Care Rebate. It covers up to 50 per cent of out-of-pocket costs, up to $7,500 per child, per year.
You may choose to receive the Child Care Rebate paid fortnightly, either directly to your bank account, or through your child care service provider as a fee reduction. You still have the option of having your Child Care Rebate paid quarterly or annually as a lump sum directly to your bank account.
If you currently receive Child Care Rebate and would like to receive fortnightly payments for the next financial year, you will need to make this change with the Department of Human Services.
Out-of-pocket child care costs are calculated after deducting any Child Care Benefit payments that are received.
•You and your partner (if applicable) must have had work, training, study related commitments (or have an exemption) at some time during the week care is provided.•You must be using approved child care.•You or your partner must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident living in Australia or be exempted from the Australian Government’s residency requirements.•Children under seven years of age must meet the Australian Government’s immunisation requirements or have an exemption.•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 should discuss with them who is responsible for the cost. Claiming the Child Care Rebate? •You will need to apply for the Child Care Benefit first. There is no separate claim form for the Child Care Rebate. You can apply for the Child Care Benefit in person or online. For online applications visit the Department of Human Services•You will automatically be assessed and paid if you are eligible when you apply for the Child Care Benefit (even if you are assessed at a zero rate for the Child Care Benefit due to your family’s income)•If you are eligible to receive the Rebate, it will be paid once Centrelink has received child care attendance details from your child care service/s Find out how much you could receive using the child care estimator on the Department of Human Services website.
For more information If you have any questions about the Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate contact the Department of Human Services on 13 24 68.
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CCB will help cover the costs for long day care, occasional care, outside school hour care, vacation care.
CCR covers 50% of out of pocket child care expenses in addition to any amount you may receive from CCB and or JET (if applicable).
JET assistances with the cost of approved child care for eligible parents that are job searching, study, training or undertaking rehabilitation to enter, or re-enter the workforce as part of an Employment Pathway Plan or Participation Plan. Assistance with child care fees