CHILD CARE BENEFIT & CHILD CARE REBATE
Child Care Benefit
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 theDepartment of Human Services website.
Egibility for Child Care Benefit
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 Rebate
An 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.
Egibility for Child Care Rebate
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.