Absences and Child Care Rebate

Child Care Rebate is paid for up to 42 absences per child per financial year.

Additional absences beyond 42 days for certain reasons may be approved and paid. Talk to your child care service about additional absences.

If your child is absent for any days for which you normally wouldn’t have been paid Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate:

  • you won’t be eligible for any child care payments for those days, and
  • the days won’t be included in your child’s absence count for the year

For example, if your child care service requires you to give 2 weeks’ notice that your child will no longer attend their service, and your child attends the first week of the notice period and not the second week, you may still be charged fees for the second week but won’t be eligible for child care payments.  

A public holiday is counted as an absence if the child normally attends the child care service on that week day, and fees are charged for that day for the child.

You can access your child’s absence record using your Centrelink online account through myGov by selecting View Child Care Details and Payments. You can also do this using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

You can read more about absences from child care on the Department of Education and Training website.

Page last updated: 21 November 2017