Payment options for Child Care Rebate

There are 4 ways to receive your Child Care Rebate.

The payment method you choose for Child Care Rebate will be applied for the entire financial year. A new payment method cannot be applied until the start of the next financial year unless exceptional circumstances apply. You may change your payment choice for the next financial year by logging on to your Centrelink online account through myGov between April and June of the current year.

Paid to your child care service to reduce your fees

Your rebate will be paid to your child care service either fortnightly or weekly depending on how often your child care service sends your child’s attendance information to us. Your rebate will be paid when your child care attendance is received. The amount of your Child Care Rebate will be deducted from your child care fees.

If you are receiving Child Care Benefit at a rate greater than zero and you choose this payment option, 15% of your Child Care Rebate entitlement will be withheld. This means that you may not receive the annual limit payable for a child during the year. You will be paid, if you have any outstanding entitlements, after the end of the financial year when your payments are balanced.

Paid to you fortnightly

Your rebate will be paid directly to your nominated bank account fortnightly or sometimes weekly, depending on how often your child care service sends your child’s attendance information to us. This will be done when your child care attendance is received.

If you are receiving Child Care Benefit at a rate greater than zero and you choose this payment option, 15% of your Child Care Rebate entitlement will be withheld. This means that you may not receive the annual limit payable for a child during the year. You will be paid if you have any outstanding entitlements after the end of the financial year when your payments are balanced.

Paid to you quarterly

Your rebate entitlement will be credited to your nominated bank account quarterly. The first quarter commences on the first Monday in July of each financial year. Each quarter is 13 weeks. Quarterly payments are paid in October, January and April. A payment will be made for the last quarter if you have any outstanding entitlements after the end of the financial year when your payments are balanced.

Child Care Rebate quarterly periods and the payments timeline for 2015–16 are shown in the table below. If you have not received your payment within a week of the end of the relevant payment period below, you may need to contact us on 136 150.

Child Care Rebate quarterly periods and the payments timeline for 2015–16.

Quarter Child Care Rebate Quarterly Periods
2015-2016
Payment Periods
1 6 July 2015 -
4 October 2015
21 October 2015 - 3 November 2015
2 5 October 2015 -
3 January 2016
20 January 2016- 2 February 2016
3 4 January 2016 -
3 April 2016
20 April 2016 - 3 May 2016
4 4 April 2016 -
3 July 2016

From 27 July 2016 onwards

A payment will be made for the last quarter if you have any outstanding entitlements after the end of the financial year when your payments are balanced. This starts from 27 July 2016 but will depend on your circumstances. For example, this will occur when your tax returns have been lodged for the 2015–2016 financial year with the Australian Taxation Office, if required.

Paid to you annually

If you claim the Child Care Benefit for approved child care annually as a lump sum payment, you will also receive your rebate as a lump sum. If eligible, both payments will be made directly to your nominated bank account when your lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit has been assessed.

You must submit your lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit for approved child care with us within 1 year of the end of the financial year for which you are claiming.

If you wish to receive your Child Care Rebate throughout the year either fortnightly or quarterly, you will need to claim Child Care Benefit as a fee reduction. If you think your income is too high to be entitled to a fee reduction, you should still claim as a fee reduction and choose a zero rate option.

Read more about payment options for Child Care Benefit and how to claim it as a lump sum payment or fee reduction.

Page last updated: 12 September 2016

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