Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Child Care Benefit?

Child Care Benefit is a payment from the Australian Government that helps you with the cost of child care. You can choose to receive Child Care Benefit as a lump sum payment or as reduced child care fees – Click here to learn more.

Am I eligible for Child Care Benefit?

To be eligible for Child Care Benefit for child care you (for example, as parent or guardian) must:

  • Meet Australian residency requirements;
  • Have the child care provided in approved or registered care in Australia;
  • Ensure your child complies with immunisation requirements or has an exemption; and
  • Be liable (or your partner must be liable) to pay for this child care;
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How Much Child Care Benefit can I receive?

The amount of Child Care Benefit you may receive depends on:

  • Your income;
  • The type of care you use (approved or registered);
  • The amount of care you use;
  • Whether you pass the work, training, study test;
  • The number of children you have in care;
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What is the work, training, study test?

The work, training, study test looks at whether you (and your partner, if you have one) used child care for a work-related commitment. A work-related commitment includes paid work, looking for work, study or training or voluntary work to improve your work skills.

All eligible families can receive up to 24 hours of Child Care Benefit for approved care without meeting the work, training, study test. For up to 50 hours you need to be working, training or studying for at least 15 hours per week (or 30 hours per fortnight) or have an exemption from this test.

What is Child Care Rebate?

On 1 July 2009, the Child Care Tax Rebate was re-named the Child Care Rebate. The name change is in recognition that the rebate is no longer a tax offset under taxation legislation but is paid to families under the Family Assistance Law by the Family Assistance Office. There is no change to your eligibility or entitlements.

The Child Care Rebate is a payment from the Australian Government that helps working families with the cost of child care. This is a separate payment from Child Care Benefit.

If you are using approved child care for work, training or study related reasons, the government will provide you with 50 per cent of your out-of-pocket child care costs, up to $7778 (indexed) for each child each year.

Am I eligible for the Child Care Rebate?

To get the Child Care Rebate you must have:

  • Used approved child care; and
  • Been eligible for Child Care Benefit (entitled at rate of zero or more)*; and
  • (or your partner) passed the Child Care Benefit work, training, study test (for the purposes of the Child Care Rebate).

*There is no income test for the Child Care Rebate. If you are eligible for Child Care Benefit but your Child Care Benefit entitlement is zero due to income, you are still eligible for the Child Care Rebate.

What is the difference between licensed, approved and accredited child care?

Licensed child care

A licensed child care service is one that has met the licensing requirements of the relevant state or territory authority. This allows them to commence operation as a child care service. After receiving a licence, there are separate Australian Government processes for the approval for Child Care Benefit purposes and for quality accreditation.

Approved child care

This is a child care service that has been approved for Child Care Benefit purposes by the Australian Government because it has met certain standards and requirements. These include having a license to operate, qualified and trained staff, being open certain hours, and meeting health, safety and other government requirements.

Families with children attending an approved child care service, who meet the eligibility requirements, can receive Child Care Benefit and may also get the Child Care Rebate. Families with children attending an approved child care service are eligible to receive Child Care Benefit.

The types of approved child care are:

  • Long Day Care
  • Family Day Care
  • Outside School Hours Care (before and after school and vacation)
  • Occasional Care
  • In Home Care

The My Child website contains a searchable database of approved child care services that have provided information to be published – Click here to learn more.

Accredited child care

An accredited child care service is one that is participating in the Australian Government quality assurance systems. There are three types of child care that this requirement applies to as a condition of approval for Child Care Benefit purposes. These are:

  • Long Day Care
  • Family Day Care
  • Outside School Hours Care (before and after school and vacation)

Other services can be approved for Child Care Benefit purposes and are not required to be accredited.

The National Childcare Accreditation Council administers the Child Care Quality Assurance systems on behalf of the Australian Government. Services must participate in the relevant quality assurance system in order to maintain their Child Care Benefit approval. Services that are working towards meeting the accreditation requirements satisfy the condition of participation in the process and therefore are eligible to be approved services.

The quality assurance system operates on a five step process which measures the quality of care provided by the service and identifies areas for ongoing quality improvement. Services may be at different stages of this process at a given time. Services that have applied for accreditation and are working towards reaching the appropriate standards will maintain their status as an approved child care service. As such they will be able to administer the claiming and payment processes for Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate on behalf of eligible families.