Child Care Rebate – not means tested
The Child Care Rebate (CCR) is a payment from the government that helps working families with the cost of childcare. If you are using approved childcare and meet the work-study test, the government will provide you with 50 per cent of your out-of-pocket childcare costs, up to the annual cap of $7,500 per child. You can choose to have the CCR paid directly to your centre, reducing your weekly fees, or you can claim the CCR back in a quarterly lump sum.
Child Care Benefit – means tested
The Child Care Benefit (CCB) is a payment from the Australian Government that helps you with the cost of your childcare. You may be eligible for CCB if you are a parent, relationship parent, foster parent, or grandparent with a child in your care who is attending childcare services approved by, or registered with, the Government. A CCB fact sheet is available. You can call the Child Care Access Hotline on Freecall 1800 670 305 to find out if your childcare service is approved for CCB.
How much CCB and CCR can we receive?
Use Centrelink’s estimator tool to find out whether or not you are eligible to claim CCB, and how much this will reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. The estimator will also tell you how much CCR you are entitled to per year.
Other rebates and benefits
There are a range of other benefits and rebates offered by the federal and state governments that some families may be eligible for, including:
- Special Child Care Benefit
- Grandparent Child Care Benefit
- Jobs, Education and Training
- Registered care/informal care
To find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits, you will need to contact the Family Assistance Office.
Where to get assistance/advice
We’re always available for assistance and advice on all early learning matters.