Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance

What is Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance?

Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA) provides parents receiving an income support payment an opportunity to improve their skills and job prospects by providing additional child care assistance, over and above their Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate entitlements.

Am I eligible for Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance?

This assistance is available to you if you use approved child care to undertake activities such as work, study, training or job search, to help you enter or re-enter the workforce.

This payment is only available to you if you are receiving the maximum rate of Child Care Benefit and receive an eligible income support payment.

If you receive this fee assistance you still need to pay a co-contribution to your child care service for care you use. If you use more hours than you are entitled to, you will have to pay the full cost for these additional hours.

2014 JETCCFA Budget changes

From Monday 5 January 2015, the Australian Government introduced two key changes to the JETCCFA program:

  1. A maximum $8 hourly cap (indexed annually) for all JETCCFA payments, after Child Care Benefit, and
  2. A 36 hour weekly limit per child for JETCCFA payments to recipients undertaking study.

From 1 July 2016, JETCCFA will cover the cost of child care after Child Care Benefit entitlement, up to a maximum of $8.28 per hour.

For parents who study and use JETCCFA, they will be able to access the 36 hours across the week.

Families can search and compare child care services under the ‘find child care’ tab on the MyChild home page which provides vacancy and fee information on over 16,000 child care services Australia-wide.

These changes will ensure that JETCCFA is available for as many income support families as possible to enable them to get the skills they need so that they can secure jobs, now and in the future.

Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate payments will be available for families to help with child care costs in addition to the JETCCFA payment.

Where can I get more information?

To find more information about Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance, please visit the Department of Human Services website or call 136 150.

For further fact sheets, please check the Information for families using child care fact sheet kit.

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