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|