Child Care Benefit & Child Care Rebate
The Australian Government provides families with two types of financial assistance to help cover the costs of approved child care-the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate. It is important to remember that while Child Care Benefit is based on family income, the Child Care Rebate is not income tested.
You can apply for the Child Care Benefit & Child Care Rebate online or in person through Centrelink. To apply online visit the Family Assistance Office.
If you are already registered for Child Care Benefit or the Rebate:
Please provide your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) on your enrollment or provide it to our administration office. Centrelink issues a different CRN for each child and parent, one adult and each child have their own CRN, please ensure you provide a separate number for each child that is attending the centre.
Child Care Benefit (CCB) – The Child Care Benefit is income tested and is usually paid directly to the approved Child Care Service to reduce the fees that eligible families pay.
Child Care Rebate (CCR) – An additional payment to the Child Care Benefit is the Child Care Rebate. The Rebate helps families cover the out-of-pocket costs of child care and it is not income tested. Even if your family income is too high for you to receive the Child Care Benefit, you may be eligible for the Child Care Rebate. It covers up to 50 per cent of out-of-pocket costs, up to $7,500 per child, per year.
Payment options for Child Care Rebate – You may choose to receive the Child Care Rebate paid fortnightly, either directly to your bank account, or through your child care service provider as a fee reduction. Another option is to receive your Rebate quarterly or annually as a lump sum directly to your bank account.
Resources – CCB percentage table