An extra payment that helps with childcare costs if you get an eligible income support payment from us.
Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance is commonly known as JET Child Care Fee Assistance.
Eligibility & payment rates
Who can get it
You may be able to receive JET Child Care Fee Assistance if you receive:
- Farm Household Allowance
- Parenting Payment
- Partner Allowance
- Widow Allowance
- Carer Payment
- Widow B Pension
- means tested ABSTUDY
- Newstart Allowance
- Youth Allowance as a job seeker, or
- Special Benefit because you can't receive Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance
You must also:
- have a Job Plan in place
- receive the highest payment rate of Child Care Benefit and not have chosen a lower rate, and
- use approved child care
You may be eligible if:
- we suspend any of the above payments, or
- you’re eligible for a payment, but don’t receive anything because you earn too much each fortnight
You could also receive Child Care Rebate.
This rebate covers 50% of your out of pocket child care costs up to the annual limit of $7,613 per child.
This payment helps meet the cost of approved child care by paying part of the gap fee.
The gap fee is the difference between child care costs and your Child Care Benefit. We pay part of the gap fee and you must pay the rest.
How much gap fee you pay depends on your situation. You need to pay:
- $0.10 an hour for each child if you’re a teenage parent completing high school or equivalent study - this applies until the end of the calendar year that you turn 20 years of age
- $1 an hour for each child for all other eligible parents
We pay up to $8.40 an hour for each child. This may increase each financial year in line with the Consumer Price Index.
If your child attends child care for more hours than you were eligible for, you won’t receive any extra JET. This means you may need to pay more to your child care service.
You may also be able to receive Child Care Rebate.
How many hours you can get
The hours you can receive depend on:
- how much child care you use
- how much your child care service charges, and
- your circumstances
The number of hours you’re eligible for is based on the allocation of 12 hours per day.
You can claim certain hours of child care each week for each child. The number of days you can claim depends on your circumstances.
If you're only doing study or training activity, you will receive up to 36 hours a week per child.
If you're a teenage parent doing secondary education, you may be able to receive more than 24 hours until the end of the calendar year you turn 20 years of age.
The length of time you can receive JET Child Care Assistance for depends on your circumstances.
|If you're||you can receive JET Child Care Fee Assistance for|
|searching for a job||up to 20 days|
|undertaking paid or unpaid work||up to 26 weeks|
studying or training in:
|up to 104 weeks for full time study|
|participating in a labour market program||
up to 104 weeks full time for the Skills for Education and Employment program
participating in a government funded rehabilitation program
|up to 26 weeks|
doing other activities to engage in sustainable paid work
|up to 26 weeks|
Claiming more hours
To receive more hours, you and your partner must meet a Work, Training, Study test.
- you need to be doing at least 15 hours a week, or 30 hours a fortnight, on one of the above activities, and
- your JET Child Care Fee Assistance hours can’t be more than Child Care Benefit hours in the same week
You may be able to receive more than 36 hours per week if you're doing:
- approved activities other than study, or
- a combination of JET approved activities and haven’t reached the JET Child Care Fee Assistance funding limits
Study and training restrictions
Study restrictions apply if you:
- already hold a qualification, or
- have reached your JET Child Care Fee Assistance funding limit at your current study level
You can’t receive JET Child Care Fee Assistance studying at the same level unless it leads to occupations in high demand.
Read Skills Shortage List for Australia on the Department of Employment website.
You must provide proof of your enrolment in the course.
A child may be absent from child care 42 times in any financial year before this affects your JET Child Care Fee Assistance.
Consider this limit for times you don’t need care, such as semester breaks from study.
You can claim extra absences for certain reasons. Talk to your child care service if you need more absent days.
Read more about absent days and Child Care Benefit.
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.
Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.
- find out what you need before you start
- fill in your claim form
- submit the form and other documents we ask for
- update your Job Plan, including your JET Child Care Fee Assistance activity
- wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result
Managing your payment
Changes to your circumstances
You need to report any changes to your circumstances.
You need to tell us if you:
- stop doing your approved activity
- change address
- change relationship status
- stop using child care
- need to claim for longer
- travel overseas or your child goes overseas
- leave Australia or the government tells you that you can’t stay in Australia
- or your partner aren’t primary carers for your child
You also need to tell us if your child:
- starts going to school
- attends a new child care service
- leaves a child care service
- changes child care times
- stops living with you
- is no longer your dependant
- passes away
- leaves Australia
How and when to tell us
The easiest way to tell us about changes is through our self service options.
Make sure you:
- tell us about the change within 14 days
- update your details in myGov
It’s never too late to report a change.
If you don’t tell us
If you don't tell us about changes, we may pay you too much. If this happens you'll have to pay the money back. There may also be a recovery fee. That’s why it’s best to report any changes as soon as they happen.
If you don’t tell us when your circumstances change, you could be committing fraud.
Manage your child care hours
You can see your approved JET Child Care Fee Assistance hours on your Centrelink online account through myGov.
- view Child Care Details and Payments
- view JET Child Care Assistance to see your assessment, or
- view Child Care Attendance to see your child care fees and payments
You can work out your hourly payment rate by:
- finding the amount of JET Child Care Fee Assistance you receive, and
- dividing this by the number of hours you’re approved for
More about child care
Read more about child care on the Department of Education and Training 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 receive from us.
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