Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate

Child Care Benefit (CCB)

The Department of Human Services or DHS (previously the Family Assistance Office) is able to assist many families with the costs associated with child care.

DHS determines what percentage of Child Care Benefit (CCB) each family receives based on the families combined gross income.

For this financial year (2017 – 2018), the Family Day Care CCB rate for non-school age children is $5.73 per hour and is $4.87 per hour for school aged children.  It is these rates that your percentage is applied to determine the amount of CCB you are entitled to.

Note: The CCB rate is NOT the rate you will be charged.

The maximum CCB a child can receive during core hours (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday) is $215.00  In Family Day Care, children will essentially “run out” of CCB after about 37.5 hours of care in core hours.  Please check with the service as to the cost of care when using over 37.5 hours in core hours.

We are always more than happy to provide families with a fee estimation prior to booking or changing your hours.  Please contact the office.

Families electing to claim their CCB in a lump sum at the end of the financial year must notify the service and DHS.  These families will be required to pay the full fee to the educator each fortnight.

Child Care Rebate (CCR)

A single parent who satisfies, or two parents who both satisfy, DHS’s work, training, study test  may also be eligible to receive the Child Care Rebate.

The rebate is 50% of your “out of pocket expenses” up to a maximum of $7,500 per year per child.

Families may elect this to be paid directly to them, or directly to their child care provider.  Families can also select the frequency of these payments.