Child Care Rebate
An additional payment to help with the cost of child care you used before 2 July 2018.
You may be eligible for Child Care Rebate if:
- you used a Child Care Benefit approved child care service
- you were eligible for Child Care Benefit, even if you earnt too much to receive payment
- you met the immunisation requirements, and
- you and your partner met the Work, Training, Study test for Child Care Rebate or met an exception
Child Care Rebate isn't income tested.
Work, Training, Study test
There are work, training, or study requirements you and your partner need to have met. This must be met at some time during the week in which you used child care. You and your partner will have met the test if you were:
- doing paid work, including self-employment
- setting up a business
- training or studying
- looking for work
- doing voluntary work to improve your work skills
- on annual leave or long service leave
- on sick or other paid leave
- on paid or unpaid parental leave, for up to a maximum of 12 months
- on self-employment leave, including sick leave
- getting Carer Payment
- getting Carer Allowance for an adult with disability
- providing constant care for a person with disability, or
- on carer leave or carer sick leave
You or your partner may have met an exception if either of you:
- have disability, which might have included receiving Disability Support Pension
- were overseas, or
- were in prison
If you met an exception, your partner needed to still meet the test. If your partner met an exception, you must have still satisfied the test.
Your family may have met an exception if:
- you or your partner were a grandparent with primary care of your grandchild
- you or your partner were facing exceptional circumstances, or
- you or your partner were getting Carer Allowance for a child with disability
1. Payment rates for Child Care Rebate
Child Care Rebate covers 50% of your out of pocket child care expenses. It covers up to an annual limit of $7,613 per child.
Out of pocket child care expenses are your total child care fees less any Child Care Benefit you were entitled to.
2. Claiming Child Care Rebate
Check if you're eligible before you start your claim.
Child Care Rebate stopped on 1 July 2018.
If you haven’t already received Child Care Rebate for the 2017-18 financial year, you can submit a Child Care Benefit lump sum claim.
We’ll automatically check if you’re eligible for Child Care Rebate when you claim Child Care Benefit for approved care. If eligible, we’ll pay both Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate directly to your nominated bank account.
You must submit your lump sum claim to us before 30 June 2019.
3. Managing your payment Child Care Rebate
Information you need to know if you received Child Care Rebate throughout the year.
Balancing for the 2017-18 financial year
If you received Child Care Rebate throughout the year, we’ll start balancing your payments from Monday 23 July 2018. If you received your payments quarterly, this will include your final quarterly payment.
The 15% of your Child Care Rebate payments we withheld throughout the financial year will either be:
- paid directly to you after we balance your payments, or
- used to offset any overpayment you received
Read more about balancing your family assistance payments