What is Child Care Rebate (CCR)?Last updated: June 2017
Child Care Rebate (CCR) is a form of government fee assistance provided by Centrelink, that covers up to 50% of out-of-pocket child care expenses. CCR is available to families attending approved long day care centres (including Lilypad Early Learning Centre), as well as other forms of care such as family or occasional care, after school care, vacation care and preschool.
Similar to Child Care Benefit, government fee assistance from Child Care Rebate can be paid directly to your approved child care provider to be automatically deducted from your family statements. The eligibility requirements are almost identical to Child Care Benefit, with the exception of income-testing. You may be able to receive Child Care Rebate even if you earn too much to receive Child Care Benefit.
For existing families of Lilypad, we typically organise both CCB and CCR for you. If you’re not yet part of the Lilypad family – welcome! For a free, personalised tour around the centre, we recommend you book a tour with our Centre Director.
How does Child Care Rebate work?
To skip to a section, click on one of the links below:
- How do I apply for Child Care Rebate?
- What is an approved child care centre?
- How much Child Care Rebate will I receive?
- What are my child’s immunisation requirements?
- What are the Child Care Rebate residency rules?
- What is the Work, Training, Study test?
- Does Child Care Rebate cover absences?
- What is Child Care Rebate (CCR)?
Otherwise, read on to learn more about Child Care Rebate and its specific eligibility requirements.
How do I apply for Child Care Rebate?
In a nutshell, your eligibility of Child Care Rebate will automatically be tested when you apply for Child Care Benefit. To make things simpler for our families, we can often organise (almost) all of this from our end.
When enrolling, we’ll ask for the following details from you:
- You and your child’s full names
- You and your child’s Customer Reference Number (CRN)
- You and your child’s date of birth
Once these details are processed, we can let you know the amount of fee assistance you’ll receive from Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate, and automatically deduct both from your child’s fees. All you have to do is take care of the balance! If we need anything more information, we’ll either let you know or guide you through the process.
If you’d like to book a tour or enrol, please fill out your details on our booking form.
What is an approved child care centre?
Approved child care centres are services that have the approval of the Australian government to be subsidised by Child Care Rebate. Examples of child care services that could be approved include:
- Long day care
- Family day care
- After school care
- Vacation care
- In-home care
- Occasional care
In our case, Lilypad Early Learning Centre is an approved “long day” child care provider which is eligible for Child Care Rebate.
How much Child Care Rebate will I receive?
At the time of this guide, the current payment rate for approved child care providers is a maximum of 50% of your out-of-pocket child care expenses, up to a limit of $7,500 per year, per child. Your “out-of-pocket” expenses are determined by the total child care fees, minus any Child Care Benefit (CCB) or Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JET) you receive.
You can find out the total amount of rebate received by logging into your MyGov account.
What are my child’s immunisation requirements?
Since the beginning of January 2016, eligibility to Child Care Benefit (and thereby, Child Care Rebate as well) has been subject to the No Jab No Pay laws, requiring all children to meet a certain standard of immunisation.
Families with children who are not fully immunised will not be able to receive either Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate, except in certain special cases that must be approved by a General Practitioner. Personal objection to immunisation is no longer a valid exemption.
A full list of immunisation requirements are available on the National Immunisation Program Schedule.
What are the Child Care Rebate residency rules?
For your child to be eligible for both Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate, you or your partner must be currently living in Australia, which will be determined by the following criteria:
- Your primary place of residence
- Whether you have family in Australia
- Your employment or business ties in Australia
- Your assets in Australia
- How much time you spend overseas
You must also have some form of residency status in Australia, such as citizenship, permanent residency (PR) or some sort of temporary visa (e.g. Partner Provisional or Temporary Protection). You may also be eligible if you are sponsored by the Australian government, under hardship or certain special circumstances.
If you no longer meet one of these criteria, your fee assistance payments may be paused or cancelled.
What is the Work, Training, Study test?
The Work, Training, Study test is designed to understand the number of hours to be subsidised by both Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. This test identifies whether you and your partner have work, training or study related commitments to require child care and fee assistance.
Commitments that fulfil this requirement include:
- Paid work for more than 15 hours a week
- Setting up a business
- Training or studying
- Actively looking for work
- Voluntary work that improves your work skills
If you are unable to meet one of the above circumstances, you can satisfy the Work, Training, Study test if you are:
- On annual or long service leave
- On sick or other paid leave
- On paid/unpaid parental leave (maximum 12 months)
- On self-employment leave, including sick leave
- On carer leave or carer sick leave
- Receiving Carer Payment
- Receiving Carer Allowance
- Caring for a person with a disability
It is also possible for you or your partner to be exempt from these requirements if you or your partner:
- Has a disability
- Are on Disability Support Pension
- Are overseas or in prison
To claim exemption under other circumstances, we recommend you speak directly with Centrelink.
Does Child Care Rebate cover absences?
Similar to Child Care Benefit, absences that normally would have been covered by Child Care Rebate will still be covered by fee assistance as normal. Child Care Rebate covers up to 42 absences every financial year, except under some special circumstances. Any days that would not have been covered by Child Care Rebate will not be counted towards the 42 absences.
No evidence or reason is required to claim Child Care Rebate on absent days.
What is Child Care Benefit (CCB)?
Child Care Benefit is an income-tested form of government fee assistance. Eligibility for Child Care Rebate is partially determined by the outcome of a Child Care Benefit application, so this is an important step to receive your Child Care Rebate.
For more information, please read: What is Child Care Benefit (CCB)?
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