Payment options for Child Care Rebate

There are 4 ways you can receive Child Care Rebate.

We'll apply the payment method you choose for Child Care Rebate for the entire financial year. We can't apply a new payment method 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 onto your Centrelink online account through myGov between April and June of the current year.

If you want to receive your Child Care Rebate throughout the year either fortnightly or quarterly, you'll need to claim Child Care Benefit as a fee reduction. If you think your income might be too high to be entitled to a fee reduction, you can still claim as a fee reduction and choose a zero rate option. Read more about payment options for Child Care Benefit and claiming as a lump sum payment or as a fee reduction.

Paid to your child care service to reduce your fees

We'll pay your rebate 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 and will be deducted from your child care fees.

If you're receiving Child Care Benefit at a rate greater than zero and you choose this payment option, we will withhold 15% of your Child Care Rebate entitlement. This means you may not receive the annual limit payable for a child during the year. If you have any outstanding entitlements, you'll be paid after the end of the financial year when we balance your family assistance payments.

Paid to you fortnightly

Your rebate will be paid directly to your nominated bank account 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.

If you receive Child Care Benefit at a rate greater than zero and you choose this payment option, we will withhold 15% of your Child Care Rebate entitlement. This means you may not receive the annual limit payable for a child during the year. If you have any outstanding entitlements, you'll be paid after the end of the financial year when we balance your family assistance payments.

Paid to you quarterly

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

Child Care Rebate quarterly periods and the payments timeline for 2016–17 are shown in the table below. If you haven't received your payment within a week of the end of the relevant payment period, you may need to contact our Families line.

Child Care Rebate quarterly periods and the payments timeline for 2016–17.

Quarter Child Care Rebate Quarterly Periods
2016-2017
Payment Periods
1 4 July 2016 -
2 October 2016
19 October 2016 - 1 November 2016
2 3 October 2016 -
1 January 2017
18 January 2017- 31 January 2017
3 2 January 2017 -
2 April 2017
19 April 2017 - 2 May 2017
4 3 April 2017 -
2 July 2017

From 26 July 2017 onwards

We will make a payment for the last quarter if you have any outstanding entitlements after the end of the financial year when we balance your payments. This starts from 26 July 2017 but will depend on your circumstances. For example, this will occur when your tax returns have been lodged with the Australian Taxation Office for the 2016–2017 financial year, if required.

Paid to you annually

If you claim Child Care Benefit for approved care annually as a lump sum, you'll also receive Child Care Rebate as a lump sum. If eligible, we will make both payments directly to your nominated bank account when we've assessed your lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit.

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

Page last updated: 7 October 2016

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