Child Care Benefit

Primary school levels for child care fee assistance

The first year of recognised primary school depends on the state or territory you live in.

We won’t pay child care fee assistance for any hours that your child is at school. But if your child is school aged, we’ll  pay it for child care outside of school hours.

Primary school levels based on your state or territory

We need to know when your child starts primary school and secondary school, and the state or territory it’s in. You need to tell us this when you claim child care fee assistance. We’ll use this information to work out if you can still get child care fee assistance.

State or territory Recognised as primary school Not recognised as primary school
Australian Capital Territory Kindergarten and years 1 to 6 Preschool
New South Wales Kindergarten and years 1 to 6 Preschool
Northern Territory Transition and years 1 to 6 Preschool
Queensland Preparatory and years 1 to 6 Kindergarten or preschool
South Australia Reception and years 1 to 7 Kindergarten
Tasmania Preparatory and years 1 to 6 Kindergarten
Victoria Preparatory and years 1 to 6 Kindergarten or preschool
Western Australia Pre-primary and years 1 to 6 Kindergarten

Page last updated: 4 October 2018