An additional payment to help with your child care costs if you’re eligible for Child Care Benefit.
- use approved child care
- claim and are eligible for Child Care Benefit, even if your income means your Child Care Benefit payment is $0
- meet the rebate Work, Training, Study test or meet an exception
Eligibility & payment rates
You can only get Child Care Rebate if you’re eligible for Child Care Benefit.
Child Care Rebate helps with the cost of child care fees.
There are 4 ways you can receive Child Care Rebate.
Work, Training, Study test
You and your partner need to have met the work, training, or study requirements during the week in which you used child care, or meet an exception.
To get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A supplement and Child Care Benefit your child must meet immunisation requirements.
Absences and Child Care Rebate
Child Care Rebate is paid for up to 42 absences per child per financial year.
Approved child care services
To get Child Care Rebate, you must be using a Child Care Benefit approved child care service.
Details you need to give your approved child care service
When you enrol your child in a Child Care Benefit approved child care service, you'll need to provide them with information to identify your family.
Changes to child care payments
Child care payments will change from 2 July 2018. We will let you know when you need to do something.
To be assessed for Child Care Rebate, you need to claim Child Care Benefit for approved child care.
Read more about claiming Child Care Rebate.
Managing your payment
Try self service
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
Read more about using self service.
Change of circumstances
You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you're receiving a payment.
Balancing your family assistance payments
We compare your income estimate with your actual income at the end of each financial year. This is to make sure we pay you the correct amount of Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Benefit.
Balancing your child care payments
At the start of each financial year, we ask you to estimate your family income so that we can work out how much Child Care Benefit for approved care to pay you.
While travelling outside Australia
There are rules about how long your child care payments can be paid while you or your dependent children travel outside Australia.
Someone to deal with us on your behalf
If you want someone else to deal with us, you can authorise them to enquire, act or get payments for you.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
Child Care compliance
To be eligible for Government fee assistance, all approved child care services must comply with the law.
Australia's online child care portal
The mychild website is Australia's online child care portal.
Read more about different types of child care and how to get assistance on the Australian Government's mychild website.
Payment and Service Finder
Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently get from us.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage your money.