If you are eligible* to receive Child Care Benefit (CCB) (even at a zero rate), using approved child care and meeting the work, training, study test, you may be eligible to receive Child Care Rebate (CCR). More information on eligibility can be found on the MyChild website.
*On 12 April 2015, the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, jointly announced that the Australian Government is reinforcing the importance of immunisation and protecting public health by strengthening the immunisation requirements for children. On 1 January 2016, conscientious objection will be removed as an exemption category from meeting the immunisation requirements for Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate (subject to the passage of legislation). This means that unless children are vaccinated, parents will no longer be eligible for Government child care fee assistance. Children can still be exempted on medical grounds.
CCR is NOT income tested and pays up to 50 per cent of your out of pocket expenses up to a limit of $7500 per child per year.
There are four ways to receive your CCR:
- Paid fortnightly to your child care service as a fee reduction
- Fortnightly payment to your bank account
- Quarterly payment to your bank account
- Annual payment to your bank account (only available if you receive CCB as an annual lump sum payment)
Specific conditions apply regarding the payment of CCR if you receive CCB. More information can be found in the Child Care Fact Sheets.
Can I get Child Care Benefit?
As Child Care Benefit is income tested, it is hard to answer yes or no to this question, without knowing your specific circumstances.
The Department of Human Services has an Online Estimator which can estimate, based on your specific details, the benefit you could receive. This tool also provides information on eligibility criteria for Child Care Benefit (CCB).
For a family with one child the combined family income needs to be less than $152,147 to receive CCB. If your combined income is more than this you may still be eligible for Child Care Rebate (as the rebate is not income tested). To receive the Child Care Rebate you must apply and be assessed as eligible for CCB (even if your entitlement for CCB is zero due to your income).
More information can be found on the What are my child care options? page on the MyChild website or contact the Department of Human Services.