The ABC’s of Child Care Rebates
The government’s child care rebate program is a vital part of many Australian family’s budgets. With a bit of research and some guidance, the process can be painless and straightforward. The rebate program covers 50% of all out of pocket child care expenses (up to $7,500 per child), for child care which is guideline approved.
You are eligible for this rebate if you meet the following criteria:
- Either meet or are exempt from the Work, Training, and Study test for Child Care Rebate.
- You utilize a Child Care Benefit approved service.
- You are eligible for Child Care Benefit for approved care.
For each financial year, Child Care Rebate is paid for up to 42 absences per child. Public holidays are considered for rebates if your child would normally have attended the facility or service on that day.
How Do I Receive My Benefits: Getting Paid
To receive your Child Care Rebate, you may utilize one of the following options for payment of your benefits:
- Have them paid directly to your approved child care facility. This payment will be applied to reduce your fees from the service.
- Annual payments to your bank account. This is an option which is only available to those who are approved to receive payments as a lump sum.
- Quarterly payments to your bank account.
- Fortnightly payments to your bank account.
For more information, resources, and services, please go to www.mychild.gov.au.