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Child Care Benefit

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.

Am I eligible for Child Care Benefit?

To be eligible for CCB you (as a parent or guardian) must meet these requirements:

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.

What if my child is absent from Child Care?

CCB, CCR and if applicable Jobs, Education and Training Child Care fee assistance can be paid in some situations if you are charged for child care when your child is absent.

You will get CCB and CCR for 42 absence days per child each financial year. These can be for any reason and will not require proof.

You can also get CCB and CCR for additional absence days (above the 42 days) for specific reasons only. There is no limit on these days but you may be required to provide documentation to support the absence.

You can also access your child's absence record on your online statement along with your child care attendance, CCB and CCR amounts paid statements. This is available on the Department of Human Services website.

How do I claim a lump sum payment?

If you have now identified that you are eligible for Child Care Benefit but have not received it, you can claim by lodging a Claim for Approved Child Care payments as an annual lump sum payment form with the Department of Human Services for the appropriate financial year:

Up until 2012-2013, you have 24 months to make a lump sum claim. This means you have until 30 June 2014 to lodge a claim for 2011-2012.

From 2012-2013 onwards, you have 12 months to make a lump sum claim. This means you have until 30 June 2014 to lodge a claim for 2012-2013. Extensions to the 12 month period may be provided in special circumstances.

You must be assessed as eligible for Child Care Benefit (even at the zero rate due to your family’s income) to get the Child Care Rebate.

Where can I get more information?

To find more information about the CCB, please visit the Department of Human Services website or call 136 150.

For further fact sheets please check the fact sheet kit.