Who is eligible for child care benefit in Australia?

The childcare benefit program in Australia has been replaced by the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) program. To be eligible for CCS, you need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Residency requirements: You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or hold a relevant visa.
  2. Child’s age: The child for whom you are claiming CCS must be 13 years old or younger and must not be attending secondary school.
  3. Child’s immunization requirements: The child must meet the immunization requirements set by the Australian government.
  4. Use approved child care: You must use an approved child care service, such as long day care, family day care, outside school hours care, or vacation care, that is registered for CCS.
  5. Meet the activity test: The activity test determines the number of hours of subsidized care you are eligible for and is based on the combined activity level of both parents (or the single parent). You need to meet the minimum activity requirements, which include activities such as paid work, study, training, or volunteering.
  6. Meet the income test: Your family’s income must be below a certain threshold to qualify for CCS. The income test considers factors such as taxable income, reportable fringe benefits, and reportable superannuation contributions.

It’s important to note that there are different subsidy rates and income thresholds based on family income and the number of children in care. The specific eligibility criteria and subsidy rates may vary depending on individual circumstances. To determine your eligibility and calculate your entitlement, you can use the online estimator tool provided by the Australian government or contact the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment for accurate and up-to-date information.

It’s recommended to refer to the official Australian government websites or consult with relevant government authorities for the most current and precise information regarding eligibility for Child Care Subsidy.