Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance is commonly known as JET Child Care Fee Assistance.
Changes to JET Child Care Assistance
- 5 January 2015 - changes were made to JET Child Care Fee Assistance. Read more about these changes
- 6 July 2015 - read more about changes for parents participating in the Helping Young Parents or Supporting Jobless Families Initiatives
Eligibility & payment rates
Changes to JET Child Care Fee Assistance
On 5 January 2015 changes were made to JET Child Care Fee Assistance.
Changes to JET Child Care Fee Assistance from 6 July 2015
From 6 July 2015, there will be changes to JET Child Care Fee Assistance for parents participating in the Helping Young Parents or Supporting Jobless Families initiatives.
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 situations where the payment listed above 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, and
- receive the maximum rate of Child Care Benefit and must not have elected a lesser rate, and
- use approved child care such as Long Day Care, Family Day Care and Outside School Hours Care
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.
JET Child Care Fee Assistance will be paid up to a maximum amount and may increase each financial year in line with the Consumer Price Index. The maximum amount for 2014-15 is $8 per hour per child.
If you are a teenage parent completing your secondary education or equivalent study, you will pay a contribution of $0.10 per hour per child. This will apply up until the end of the calendar year you turn 20 years old. JET Child Care Fee Assistance will be paid up to a maximum amount per hour per child.
If you use more assistance hours than you are entitled to, you will have to pay the cost for these additional hours if it is more than the Child Care Benefit. You may also be eligible for Child Care Rebate which will provide you with 50% of your out of pocket child care costs up to the annual limit.
There is a limit of 42 absences per child per financial year where Child Care Benefit and JET Child Care Fee Assistance can be paid. Additional absences may be available for certain reasons. Talk to your child care service if you need more absences.
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.
Read more about absences and Child Care Benefit.
Eligible hours for JET Child Care Fee Assistance
The number of JET Child Care Fee 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 per child. The actual number of JET Child Care Fee assistance hours you can receive depends on the hours of child care you use and your child care service’s charging practice.
You can view your child care hours using your Centrelink online account through myGov
In your Centrelink online account, select View Child Care Details and Payments, then select 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 week per child while you are doing your approved activity.
To get more than 24 hours assistance per week per child, you and your partner must meet a work, training, study test. To meet the test, you need to be doing at least 15 hours per 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 are doing a study or training activity only, JET Child Care Fee Assistance will be paid up to a maximum of 36 hours per week per child.
If you are doing approved activities other than study, or a combination of JET approved activities that have not reached the JET Child Care Fee Assistance funding limits, you may receive more than 36 hours per week per child.
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 in:
|Up to 104 weeks for full time study|
|Participating in a labour market program||Up to 26 weeks for the Work for the Dole or Green Army Programme
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 26 weeks|
If you already hold a qualification, or have reached your JET Child Care Fee Assistance funding limit at your current study level, further study at the same 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 Industry 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 Child Care Fee Assistance activity. This can be done over the phone or 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
- 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 through myGov
In your Centrelink online account:
- select View Child Care Details and Payments
- select View JET Child Care Assistance to see your assessment, or
- select View Child Care Attendance to see your child care fees and payments
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 child care
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.
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