Work, Training, Study test for Child Care Rebate

You and your partner need to have met the work, training, or study requirements during the week in which you used child care, or be exempt.

No minimum number of hours is required.

There are different rules for the Child Care Benefit Work, Training, Study test.

Defining a work related commitment

A work related commitment is defined as 1 or more of these activities:

  • paid work, including self employment
  • setting up a business
  • training or studying
  • looking for work, or
  • voluntary work to improve your work skills

Voluntary work that does not improve work skills can be included, however it must be undertaken for at least 15 hours a week or 30 hours a fortnight.

Satisfying the test for Child Care Rebate in other ways

You will satisfy the test if you are:

  • on annual leave or long service leave
  • on sick or other paid leave
  • on paid or unpaid parental leave, for up to a maximum of 12 months
  • on self employment leave, including sick leave
  • receiving Carer Payment
  • receiving Carer Allowance
  • caring for a person with disability, or
  • on carer’s leave or carer sick leave

Exemption to the test for Child Care Rebate

You or your partner may be exempt if either of you:

  • have disability, which might include receiving Disability Support Pension
  • are overseas, or
  • are in prison

If you are exempt, your partner must still meet the test. If your partner is exempt, you must still meet the test.

You and your partner may both be exempt if:

  • you or your partner is a grandparent with primary care of your grandchild, or
  • you or your partner is facing exceptional circumstances

When to notify us of changes

You need to tell us if you or your partner:

  • starts or stops work, training or study commitments
  • no longer meets requirements for an exemption, or
  • now meets a reason for an exemption

You can update your work, training, or study details online by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

Page last updated: 12 September 2016

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