Payment options for Child Care Rebate

There are 4 ways you can receive Child Care Rebate.

We'll apply the payment method you choose for Child Care Rebate for the entire financial year. We can't apply a new payment method throughout the financial year unless exceptional circumstances apply. If you need to change your payment method for the 2017-18 financial year contact us.

To receive your Child Care Rebate throughout the year either fortnightly or quarterly, you'll need to claim Child Care Benefit as a fee reduction.

If you think your income might be too high to get a fee reduction, you can still claim. You will need to claim as a fee reduction and choose a zero rate option. 

Read more about payment options for Child Care Benefit and claiming as a lump sum payment or as a fee reduction.

Paid to your child care service

We will pay your rebate to your child care service either fortnightly or weekly to reduce your child care fees. This will happen when your child care service sends your child’s attendance information to us.

We will hold back 15% of your Child Care Rebate entitlement, if:

  • you're receiving Child Care Benefit at a rate greater than zero, and
  • you choose this payment option

This means you may not receive the annual limit payable for a child during the year. If you have any outstanding entitlements, we will pay you after the end of the financial year when we balance your family assistance payments.

Paid to you fortnightly

We will pay your rebate directly to your nominated bank account either fortnightly or weekly. This will happen when your child care service sends your child’s attendance information to us.

We will hold back 15% of your Child Care Rebate entitlement, if:

  • you receive Child Care Benefit at a rate greater than zero, and
  • you choose this payment option

This means you may not receive the annual limit payable for a child during the year. If you have any outstanding entitlements, we will pay you after the end of the financial year when we balance your family assistance payments.

This is the last year that you can get Child Care Rebate. Read more about the changes to child care payments on the Department of Education and Training website.

Paid to you quarterly

We will pay your rebate entitlement directly to your nominated bank account quarterly. The first quarter starts on the first Monday in July of each financial year. Each quarter is 13 weeks. We pay quarterly payments in October, January and April. We will make a payment for the last quarter if you have any outstanding entitlements after the end of the financial year. We will do this when we balance your payments.

The table below shows Child Care Rebate quarterly periods and the payments timeline for 2017–18. If you haven't received your payment within a week of the end of the relevant payment period, you may need to contact us.

Child Care Rebate quarterly periods and the payments timeline for 2017–18.

Quarter Child Care Rebate Quarterly Periods
2017-2018
Payment Periods
1 3 July 2017 -
1 October 2017
18 October 2017 - 31 October 2017
2 2 October 2017 -
31 December 2017
17 January 2018- 30 January 2018
3 1 January 2018 -
1 April 2018
18 April 2018 - 1 May 2018
4 2 April 2018 -
1 July 2018

From 25 July 2018 onwards

We will make a payment for the last quarter if you have any outstanding entitlements after the end of the financial year when we balance your payments. This starts from 25 July 2018 but will depend on your circumstances. For example, when you lodge your tax returns with the Australian Taxation Office for the 2017–2018 financial year, if required.

This is the last quarter that you can get Child Care Rebate. Read more about the changes to child care payments on the Department of Education and Training website.

Paid to you annually

If you claim Child Care Benefit for approved care annually as a lump sum, you'll also receive Child Care Rebate as a lump sum. If eligible, we will make both payments directly to your nominated bank account when we've assessed your lump sum claim for Child Care Benefit.

You must submit your lump sum claim to us within 1 year of the end of the financial year for which you're claiming.

This is the last year that you can get child care assistance as a lump sum. Read more about the changes to child care payments on the Department of Education and Training website.

Page last updated: 6 September 2017