If you are looking for child care in the Perth area, you have probably heard about the Child Care Benefit (CCB) from the Australian Government. The Child Care Benefit is paid directly to you from the Australian Government to help you defray the costs of child care.
But who is eligible for the Child Care Benefit? Parents, foster parents, grandparents or relationship parents who are caring for children can be eligible for the Child Care Benefit if their child or children are attending a registered child care centre. However, the Child Care Benefit is contingent upon meeting certain conditions.
Besides long day care centres such as Cuddles Childcare Centres, these types of child care are also covered: outside school hours care, family day care, in home care and occasional care. However, the child care facility must be registered with the Department of Human Services.
Child Care Benefit Requirements
If you want to collect the Child Care Benefit, there are a few requirements you must meet.
First, you or your partner must be one of the following:
- An Australian citizen
- A permanent Australian resident
- Someone who is not subject to residency requirements
Second, your child or children must be immunised up to the age of 19 unless they have an exemption.
Third, you have to be the person responsible for the child care payments. This means it can’t be paid by your employer or by any other agency. It has to be coming out of your pocket.
Circumstances Under Which You Can Obtain an Exception from Requirements
If your child is less than 21 years old, living with you and receives a Disability Support Pension, you can receive an exception. However, you do need to contact the Department of Human Services before your child’s 16th birthday because that is the age at which the Department cancels child care benefits. You need to let them know your child is still living at home and that you want to claim the Disability Support Pension for your child.
How Much Child Care Benefit Can You Get?
Child Care Benefit is determined by a number of factors, but it basically comes down to how much money you make and what kind of child care you are receiving. If you make too much money, you won’t be eligible for the Child Care Benefit, but you may be eligible for a Child Care Rebate.
Here are the main factors for the Child Care Benefit:
- Your household income
- Which type of child care you choose
- How much child care you need
- The reason you need child care
- The number of children being cared for
Maximum Rates for Non-School Children in CCB Approved Facilities
If you have 50 hours of child care for one child, the maximum benefit is $212.00. For two children the maximum benefit is $443.03. For three children it goes up to $691.31. For each additional child, you can get another $230.43.
The maximum hourly rates are $4.24 for one child, $4.43 each for two children and $4.60 each for three or more children.
If your family income is more than $44,457, your Child Care Benefit decreases.
Work, Training, Study Test
The amount of Child Care Benefit you can get every week depends on the results of the Work, Training, Study Test.
Any family can get up to 24 hours of Child Care Benefit per week if the care is CCB Approved. You can get up to 50 hours of Child Care Benefit, but you and your partner have to either have an exemption from the test or be working, training or studying at least 15 hours every week or 30 hours every fortnight.
For CCB Registered Care, there is no minimum of hours for working, training or studying.
You can find out whether or not you are eligible by contacting the Department of Human Services through their website. You can also find out by accessing your Centrelink account on the MyGov site and selecting “child care.” Then, you select “View child care details and payments.”
Best Child Care in Perth
For the best child care in the Perth area, contact the Cuddles Childcare Centre closest to you.