The friendly staff at your Education and Care Service will be happy to talk you through how government funded financial assistance may affect the fees you pay at the service. More information regarding government assistance can be found below.
To assist with child care costs, the Australian Government offers a various types of financial assistance, including:
- Child Care Rebate
- Child Care Benefit
- JET (Job, education and training) fee assistance
Child Care Rebate
The Child Care Rebate pays up to 50% of your out-of-pocket expenses for childcare up to an annual cap. For the 2015-2016 income year the Child Care Rebate annual cap is $7,500 per child per year. It is NOT income tested, so you may be eligible to receive it even if you don’t get the Child Care Benefit.
Child Care Benefit
The Child Care Benefit is income tested and is paid directly to Education and Care Services to reduce the out of pocket costs for families’ access childcare.
These benefits can be claimed directly at our Child Care Centre, reducing your out of pocket costs. To find out what affect these government benefits can have on reducing your out of pocket expenses, please contact the friendly staff at your chosen service.
If you would like more general information on government financial assistance with child care visit The Department of Human Services or call 136 150. To speak in languages other than English, call 131 202. Note: Call charges apply – calls from mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate.
Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care fee assistance
JET payments assist with the cost of Child Care Benefit approved child care to eligible parents undertaking activities as part of an Employment Pathway Plan/Individual Participation Plan to help them enter or re-enter the workforce.
Your childcare fees:
The friendly staff at your centre will be happy to talk you through how government funded financial assistance will affect the fees you pay at your centre. Contact your chosen centre for more information and assistance. To find your nearest centre click here