Helps cover the cost of child care, including long day care, family day care, occasional day care, outside school hours care, vacation care, pre-school, and kindergarten. It may also help cover the cost of child care provided by grandparents, relatives, friends or nannies.
To be eligible, you need to:
- use approved or registered child care
- be responsible for paying the child care fees for your child
- ensure your child is immunised, on an immunisation catch up schedule, or is exempt from the immunisation requirements,
- and meet the residence requirements
To receive more than a zero rate of Child Care Benefit you must meet the income test.
Other factors can affect your Child Care Benefit, including:
- your child starting school
- changes in income
- entering into a salary sacrifice arrangement with your employer in which some or all of your child care fees are paid for you
- one of your children no longer using care
- you or your partner no longer meeting the Work, Training, Study test, and
- your participation in work, training or study related commitments
Last updated 24 February, 2016