The hours of JET Child Care Fee Assistance you can receive depends on how much child care you use, how much you're charged and your circumstances.
The number of hours you’re eligible for is based on the allocation of 12 hours per day.
How many hours you receive based on your circumstances
You can claim certain hours of child care each week for each child. The number of days you can claim depends on your circumstances.
If you're only doing study or training activity, you will receive up to 36 hours a week per child.
If you're a teenage parent doing secondary education, you may be able to receive more than 24 hours a week. You can continue to receive this until the end of the calendar year you turn 20 years of age.
The length of time you can receive JET Child Care Assistance for depends on your circumstances.
|If you're||you can receive JET Child Care Fee Assistance for|
|searching for a job||up to 20 days|
|undertaking paid or unpaid work||up to 26 weeks|
studying or training in:
|up to 104 weeks for full time study|
|participating in a labour market program||
up to 104 weeks full time for the Skills for Education and Employment program
participating in a government funded rehabilitation program
|up to 26 weeks|
doing other activities to engage in sustainable paid work
|up to 26 weeks|
How to claim more hours
To receive more hours, you and your partner must meet a Work, Training, Study test.
- you need to be doing at least 15 hours a week, or 30 hours a fortnight, on one of the above activities, and
- your JET Child Care Fee Assistance hours can’t be more than Child Care Benefit hours in the same week
You may be able to receive more than 36 hours per week if you're doing:
- approved activities other than study, or
- a combination of JET approved activities and haven’t reached the JET Child Care Fee Assistance funding limits
When study and training restrictions apply to you
Study restrictions apply if you:
- already hold a qualification, or
- have reached your JET Child Care Fee Assistance funding limit at your current study level
You can’t receive JET Child Care Fee Assistance studying at the same level unless it leads to occupations in high demand.
Read Skills Shortage List for Australia on the Department of Employment website.
You must provide proof of your enrolment in the course.
When your child is absent from child care
A child may be absent from child care 42 times in any financial year before this affects your JET Child Care Fee Assistance.
Consider this limit for times you don’t need care, such as semester breaks from study.
You can claim extra absences for certain reasons. Talk to your child care service if you need more absent days.
Read more about absent days and Child Care Benefit.