Currently, there are two main forms of government subsidy to assist parents with the affordability of early education and care (child care). You may choose to have any payment for which you are eligible paid directly to your service, thus reducing your out of pocket expenses during the year.
Child Care Benefit (CCB)
CCB helps families with the affordability of early education and care (child care) for long day care, family day care, occasional care, outside school hours care, vacation care and registered care.
The basic eligibility requirements are that families:
- Use approved or registered early education and care (child care)
- Are responsible for paying the fees
- Have immunised your child
For more information about CCB, including eligibility, payment rates and special arrangements visit Centrelink
Child Care Rebate (CCR)
CCR assists parents or guardians with out-of-pocket expenses for approved early education and care (child care) if you are working, training or studying.
It covers 50% of out of pocket early education and care (child care) expenses, up to a maximum amount per child per year, in addition to any amount received from Child Care Benefit and Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance.
The basic eligibility requirements are that you:
- Use a Child Care Benefit approved early education and care (child care) service
- Are eligible for Child Care Benefit for approved care, even if you earn too much to receive payment, and
- And your partner meets the Work, Training, Study test or are exempt from it
For more information about CCR visit Centrelink.
Child Care Subsidy (CCS) from 2 July 2018
The Child Care Subsidy will be the main way the Government will assist families with their early education and care (child care) fees.
When the Child Care Subsidy commences into effect on 2 July 2018, it will:
- replace the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) with a single, means-tested subsidy
- be paid directly to early education and care (child care) providers to be deducted from families accounts
- be simpler than the current multi-payment system
- be better targeted and provide more assistance to low and middle-income families.
A Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator is available to make it easy for families to get an idea of what their new subsidy might be under the new child care package.
Click here for more information.