If you're a grandparent with primary care of your grandchild you may be able to get help with approved child care.
You may be able to get extra help with child care fees.
Grandparent Child Care Benefit covers the full cost of approved care for up to 50 hours per child per week. It's paid directly to your child care service.
You may be able to get this benefit if you or your partner:
- is the biological, adoptive or step grandparent of the child
- has primary care of a grandchild - this means you're the person who is most responsible for meeting the child’s daily care needs, and
- receives 1 of the following income support payments:
Great grandparents and current and former partners of grandparents who have primary care of a grandchild may also be eligible.
To get this benefit, you must first claim and be eligible for Child Care Benefit.
If you or your partner is a grandparent with primary care of a grandchild and not receiving 1 of the above income support payments, the full cost of the approved child care fees isn't covered. However, your family will meet an exception to the requirements of the Work, Training, Study test. This means you can receive up to 50 hours of Child Care Benefit per child per week, and be automatically assessed as eligible for Child Care Rebate. The income test will continue to apply to your rate of Child Care Benefit.
If you need help, we have Grandparent Advisers who provide support to grandparents with full time caring responsibility for their grandchildren.