Payment rate of Child Care Benefit

Child Care Benefit can be paid to the child care service that cares for your child or directly to you.

These rates are adjusted on 1 July each year in line with the Consumer Price Index. This means that the rates are different each financial year.

The payment is either paid to the child care service that cares for your child or paid to you directly.

The following payment rates for 2017-18 are a guide only.

Approved care

The current approved care rate for a non-school aged child is $4.30 per child per hour, or $215.00 per week.

Payment rates for school aged children are 85% of the non-school aged rate.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to a different rate. For example, your family's income, the number of children attending child care, the type of child care service and the number of hours you use can all affect your payment.

You can get up to 24 hours of care per child per week without participating in any Work, Training or Study test activities. If you meet the test, or an exception from it, you can get up to 50 hours of care per child per week.

You may be able to get a higher rate of payment if you're a grandparent with primary care of a grandchild or if your family has special circumstances. Grandparent Child Care Benefit and Special Child Care Benefit have additional eligibility requirements.

Use Payment and Service Finder to calculate how much Child Care Benefit you may be entitled to.

Registered care

The current registered care rate for a non-school aged child in up to 50 hours of care per week is $0.719 per child per hour, or $35.95 per child per week.

Payment rates for school aged children are 85% of the non-school aged rate.

You are paid Child Care Benefit for registered child care directly if you submit a claim and provide your child care receipts to us.

Page last updated: 18 October 2017