How many hours of JET Child Care Fee Assistance you can receive

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:

  • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education courses, such as year 12 or similar
  • enabling courses, sometimes called bridging or foundation courses, or
  • certificate 2 to graduate diploma level qualifications
up to 104 weeks for full time study
participating in a labour market program

up to 26 weeks for Work for the Dole or the Green Army programme

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.

This means:

  • 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.

Page last updated: 24 October 2017