Myth:

“We won’t qualify for any child care entitlements.  Our income is too high.”

 

Fact:

The Child Care Rebate is NOT income tested.

That’s right! Most families are actually eligible for fee relief.  You may be missing out on up to $7500 per child per year!

 

Receive half of your fees back...

What this means … The Child Care Rebate (CCR) offers most families a  reduction in their fees of 50%, up to $7,500 per child per year and it’s NOT income tested!

Below are the requirements to qualify:

  • Your children attend approved care
  • You are an Australian citizen, resident or holder of a qualifying Visa.
  • You are responsible for payment of child care fees.
  • You are either working, training, or studying.
  • Your children meet Government immunisation requirements.

If you meet the above criteria but haven’t applied for the Child Care Rebate, you need to do so immediately in order to have your fees slashed by 50 %.

 

How can you receive greater than half of your fees back...

You may also qualify for the Child Care Benefit (CCB) as well as the Child Care Rebate (CCR), giving you the opportunity to have your fees reduced by more than 50%. The CCB is an upfront percentage reduction on the fees payable to your child care provider.  This actual percentage can vary and is determined by the Department of Human Services based on your family income.

Making it simple ...

  • Get assessed for CCB and CCR (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate)
  • If  you qualify for CCB then you qualify for CCR and can look forward to a reduction of fees greater than 50 %
  • If you don't qualify for CCB don't worry , if u meet the CCR requirement s above you automatically qualify for a 50% reduction in fees anyway.

 

How do I apply for CCB and CCR...

Contact the Department of Human Services on 13 61 50 to apply.  Your application will include both the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR).  You may qualify for both, or just CCR only.

The department will let you know and will provide you with a Customer Reference Number (CRN) for the parent and each child attending the child care service.

Simply provide us with all of your relevant CRNs and Date of Birth details when enrolling your children.

 

What is the 15% buffer..

If you qualify for CCB you automatically qualify for CCR. CCR is a fixed 50% reduction in fees however your CCB is a variable reduction that is dependent on your income.  Because of the CCB  variability, it’s important to ensure that at tax time you’re not left needing to pay back some of the CCB you’ve been paid throughout the year.

In order to reduce the risk of this, the Department may withhold 15% of the payment that you, or the child care service, are paid, which creates a buffer. It’s important to note that this buffer is only necessary if you have chosen the fortnightly payment options.

So, if you have selected for your payments to be paid fortnightly , 15% of this will be withheld each time to reduce any chances of you generating a debt at tax time. This protects you in case your income changes and affects your Child Care Benefit entitlement.

At  tax time its all made to balance and the anything that you are owed will be paid to you in full.