Child Care: Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance - reforms

Changes have been made to Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA).

This measure started on 5 January 2015.

Description of the measure

Changes have been made to Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA).

From 5 January 2015:

  • JETCCFA will be capped to a maximum amount of $8.00 per hour per child
  • JETCCFA will be paid up to a maximum of 36 hours per week per child for parents doing approved study activities.

These changes will ensure disadvantaged families who need support the most, will have access to JETCCFA.

These changes will not stop families from using child care. Families will have until the end of 2014 to make new care arrangements if necessary.

For information on childcare vacancies and fees visit mychild.gov.au.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect parents who are receiving Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance from 5 January 2015.

The JETCCFA maximum $8.00 per hour per child limit applies to all claimants, regardless of the approved activity undertaken.

The 36 hours per week per child limit applies to claimants doing approved study activities.

The limits which apply to other approved activities, for example work, are not changing.

Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate payments are available for families to help with child care costs outside of the JETCCFA payment.

Am I eligible for this measure?

The eligibility criteria for JETCCFA has not changed.

You must be receiving an eligible income support payment and the maximum rate of Child Care Benefit, be the principal carer of children, and using child care to meet your mandatory participation requirements or voluntarily participate in work, study or job search activities. JETCCFA is paid directly to your child care service.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start from 5 January 2015 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 16 March 2016

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