Child care subsidies - an overview

Child care subsidies - an overview

The Federal Government subsidises some of the costs of child care. For a summary of the available subsidies see the list below, you can access more detailed information by clicking the name of the subsidy you are interested in.

Child Care Benefit (CCB) - more details

  • Paid as a lump sum at the end of the financial year or to the registered or approved child care provider as reduced fees throughout the year.
  • Can be claimed for up to 24 hours of care per child per week, or up to 50 hours if the parent(s) are studying, working or looking for work.
  • Payments are based on your family's annual income. To receive the maximum rate of CCB your combined family income must be less than $40,000 a year.
  • CCB rates reduce on a sliding scale depending on income and the number of children in care.
  • The income levels at which the payment phases out completely depends on the number of children a family has in approved care.
  • Families who are eligible for CCB who receive zero payment due to high income may still receive CCR.

Grandparent Child Care Benefit (GCCB) - more details

  • Financial assistance for grandparents who have the primary responsibility for raising a grandchild.
  • Covers the full cost of fees for children in approved child care.
  • Can be claimed for up to 50 hours of care per child per week. There is no requirement for the grandparents to be working, training or studying.

Child Care Rebate (CCR) - more details

  • Covers 50 per cent of your out-of-pocket expenses (total child care fees minus CCB) for approved child care up to a maximum of $7500 per child per year.
  • Is not currently means tested.
  • Paid directly into your bank account on a quarterly basis.

The Australian Government's Child Care Estimator can help you determine your eligibility for CCB and CCR and how much assistance you are entitled to.

For more information about the benefits visit the Department of Human Services website or call on 13 6150.

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