What is Child Care Benefit?
Child Care Benefit (CCB) is a payment from the Australian Government that helps you with the cost of child care. You can choose to receive CCB as an annual lump sum payment or as reduced child care fees throughout the year. 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.
Eligibility for the 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
Am I eligible for Child Care Benefit?
To be eligible for CCB you (as a parent or guardian) must meet these requirements:
- you have a child in your care who meets the immunisation requirements (or have an exemption*)
- your child attends CCB approved or registered care
- you have the liability to pay for the cost of your child care.
*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.
How much Child Care Benefit can I receive?
The amount of CCB you can receive depends on:
- your income
- the type of care you use (approved or registered)
- the amount of care you use
- the reason you are using care
- the number of children you have in care.
You can estimate your CCB and CCR entitlements by using the Child Care Estimator on the Department of Human Services website.
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 CCB for approved care, per child, per week without meeting the work, training, study test. For up to 50 hours per child, per week 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.
Comprehensive information is available on www.mychild.gov.au website.
Extracted/Resourced from www.mychild.gov.au website July 2015