To get special Child Care Benefit, you must first claim and be eligible for Child Care Benefit.
Special Child Care Benefit can help cover the cost of child care, up to and including the total fee charged by your child care service, for:
- children who are at risk of serious abuse or neglect, where that risk would be reduced if they attended child care for longer hours but the cost of care makes this difficult, or
- families experiencing hardship by helping them maintain access to child care while they adapt to new circumstances; for example, serious short-term illness, hospitalisation or short-term carer responsibilities
Your child care service can approve Special Child Care Benefit for up to 13 weeks in any financial year. If you want to receive Special Child Care Benefit longer than this, we need to assess your application. Speak to your child care service for more information.