Eligibility for Child Care Benefit

To be eligible for Child Care Benefit you need to use approved or registered child care.

To be eligible, you need to:

  • use approved or registered child care
  • be responsible for paying the child care fees for your child
  • ensure your child is immunised, on an immunisation catch up schedule, or is exempt from the immunisation requirements, and
  • meet the residence requirements

To receive more than a zero rate of Child Care Benefit you must meet the income test.

Other factors can affect your Child Care Benefit, including:

  • your child starting school
  • changes to income
  • entering a salary sacrifice arrangement with your employer in which some or all of your child care fees are paid for you
  • one of your children stops using care
  • you or your partner no longer meeting the Work, Training, Study test, and
  • your work, training or study related commitments

Page last updated: 18 October 2017