Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance is commonly known as JET Child Care Fee Assistance.
From 5 January 2015 there will be changes to JET Child Care Fee Assistance. Read more about these changes.
Eligibility & payment rates
Changes to JET Child Care Fee Assistance
From 5 January 2015, Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance will be capped at a maximum amount of $8 per hour per child. Parents doing approved study or training activities can receive assistance up to a maximum of 36 hours per week per child.
Eligibility for JET Child Care Fee Assistance
You may be eligible for JET Child Care Fee Assistance if you receive:
- Farm Household Allowance
- Parenting Payment
- Partner Allowance
- Widow Allowance
- Carer Payment
- Widow B Pension
- means tested ABSTUDY
- Newstart Allowance
- Youth Allowance as a job seeker
- Special Benefit where you would qualify for Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance but you do not meet the residence requirements
- Community Development Employment Projects Participant Supplement, where you were entitled to a payment from this list that is no longer payable due to Community Development Employment Program income
This includes where the payment is suspended or you are still eligible for the payment but not receiving income support due to fortnightly earnings over the limit.
You may also be eligible for JET Child Care Fee Assistance if you:
- have an Employment Pathway Plan, also known as a Participation Plan or Individual Participation Plan in place. This is a written agreement that sets out the actions you agree to take to find work
- receive the maximum rate of Child Care Benefit and must not have elected a lesser rate
Rate of JET Child Care Fee Assistance
JET Child Care Fee Assistance will apply to Child Care Benefit approved child care sessions while you are undertaking approved JET Child Care Fee Assistance activities.
This assistance can help you meet the cost of child care by paying some of the gap fee. The gap fee is the difference between the amounts you are charged and the amount you get for Child Care Benefit. You will need to make a contribution of $1 per hour per child to your child care service. If you are participating in the Helping Young Parents or Supporting Jobless Families initiatives or are a teenage parent attending secondary education you will pay a contribution of $0.10 per child per hour of care.
In some situations JET Child Care Fee Assistance can be paid if you are charged for child care when your child is absent. Talk to your child care service about the reason for the absence. There is a limit to the number of child care absences which can be paid for. Your child care service will be able to tell you how many absences you can claim in a financial year.
You should consider how the limit on absences may affect your situation for periods when you may not require care such as semester breaks for study.
Eligible hours for JET Child Care Fee Assistance
The number of assistance hours you may be approved for is based on an allocation of 12 hours per day up to your maximum eligible hours per week. The actual number hours you can receive depends on the hours you use and your child care service’s charging practice. You can view your child care hours in your Centrelink online account by selecting View Child Care Details and Payments, then selecting View Child Care Attendance. Or you can talk to your child care service about their charges.
You can get up to 24 hours assistance per child per week while you are doing your approved activity.
To get more than 24 hours assistance per child per week, you and your partner must meet a work, training, study test. To meet the test you need to be doing at least 15 hours each week or 30 hours per fortnight of approved JET Child Care Fee Assistance activities.
The work, training, study test also applies to Child Care Benefit. The number of JET Child Care Fee Assistance hours you get in a week cannot be more than the number of Child Care Benefit hours you get in the same week.
If you do not meet the work, training, study test, you may still be eligible for more than 24 hours of JET Child Care Fee Assistance if you:
Approved activities for JET Child Care Fee Assistance
You can only get JET Child Care Fee Assistance for a limited time depending on the activity you are undertaking.
|Activity||Period of JET Child Care Fee Assistance|
|Searching for a job||Up to 20 days|
|Undertaking paid or unpaid work||Up to 26 weeks|
Undertaking paid or unpaid work, and residing in the Local Government Areas of:
|Up to 52 weeks|
Studying or training full time in:
|Up to 104 weeks|
|Participating in a labour market program||Up to 26 weeks for the Work for the Dole and Green Corps programs
Up to 104 weeks full time for the Skills for Education and Employment program
|Participating in a government funded rehabilitation program||Up to 26 weeks|
|Other activities that help parents engage in sustainable paid work||Up to 4 weeks|
If you already hold a qualification, further study at the same or lower level is restricted to courses that lead to occupations in high demand as listed on the Department of Employment’s Skills Shortage List Australia. Study may also include the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Adult Migrant English Program or the Department of Employment’s New Enterprise Incentive Scheme. You must provide proof of your enrolment in the course.
Other benefits while receiving JET Child Care Fee Assistance
If you qualify for JET Child Care Fee Assistance, you may be entitled to other payments and services such as:
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- decide how you will claim: using a claim form, in person, over the phone, or at your local service centre
- complete your forms
- gather your supporting documentation and complete any required additional forms
- Ensure your Employment Pathway, Participation Plan or Individual Participation Plan is up to date and includes your nominated JET activity. This can be commenced over the phone at your local service centre.
- submit your claim
- we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome
Managing your assistance
Change of circumstances while receiving JET Child Care Fee Assistance
You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you are receiving a payment. For example, if
- you stop doing your approved activity
- you change address
- your relationship status changes by:
- commencement of a registered or de facto relationship
- commencement of living with someone as a partner
- separation from your partner
- or your partner dies
- you stop using child care
- you need to extend the period of time for which you wish to receive JET Child Care Fee Assistance
- you or your children go overseas
- you leave Australia or the Government tells you that you cannot stay in Australia
- you or your partner are no longer the carer of your child
- any of your children:
- start going to school
- enrol in a new child care service
- leave a child care service
- change the times they are in child care
- stop living with you, can no longer be considered your dependent or dies
- leave Australia
If you do not tell us about changes to your circumstances, you may be overpaid and have to pay this money back, or your payments may stop.
We undertake regular data matching activities with Government agencies and third parties, including employers and public and private education providers in each state and territory to find and prevent incorrect payments and fraud.
View your JET Child Care Assessment
When you are approved for JET Child Care Fee Assistance you can view your assessment using your Centrelink online account by:
- logging on
- selecting View Child Care Details and Payments
- selecting View Child Care Attendance
Find the total amount of JET Child Care Fee Assistance then divide it by the number of JET Child Care Fee Assistance hours charged. This will give you your hourly JET assistance rate.
More information on JET Child Care Fee Assistance
Read more about families using child care on the Department of Education website.
Select the options that describe your circumstances then explore a suggested list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.
Select your state and topics of interest to find links to government and community organisation support.