Child care rebate is a government scheme aimed to help families who are struggling to meet their child care payments. It can be utilised by parents who are looking to continue with work, training or study commitments alongside having a family. Child care rebate can provide an essential helping hand that allows parents the freedom to pursue work and education by subsidising quality care for their children.

Check Your Eligibility

In order to apply for a centrelink child care rebate, you must first check your eligibility. Firstly, you must be eligible for child care benefit. This entails meeting the government’s residency requirements – you or your partner must be living in Australia and either hold citizenship or a valid visa. In addition, the child care costs must be paid by you or your partner and your child or children must meet the government’s immunisation requirements. Secondly, you must meet the rebate work, training, or study test or meet an exception. This entails proving that you and your partner have or had a work, training or study commitment at some point during the week in which you are claiming for child care. Finally, you must use government approved child care.

Getting Started

Once you have established your eligibility, the first step you must take is to select an approved child care service that is right for you and enrol your child. When searching for an institution, it may help to speak with friends or family who have previous experience to see which options they recommend. Be sure to opt for a service with a focus on early learning in order to ensure your child gets the most out of their care. Once your child is enrolled, you can apply online for child care benefit and you will then be automatically assessed for child care rebate. Although some families may meet the eligibility criteria for child care benefit, their income level could mean that they do not receive any payments. As child care rebate is not income-assessed, such families will often receive these payments instead. Your childcare facility must provide the government with your child’s attendance details before you are able to receive any payments. A separate claim must be made for each child by selecting the appropriate claiming option and providing all of the necessary supporting documents.

Begin Your Assessment Today

Child care rebate could be the lifeline you need to ensure that your child can benefit from a quality early education. By making use of government support systems, you can care for your family without detriment to your career prospects.

If you are struggling to juggle childcare commitments with study or work, you should go online and begin your assessment today. By establishing whether you are eligible for child care rebate, you can change your life for the better.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20th June 2018