Assistance with Fees

We want your child to benefit from being in the best learning environment — a place that truly supports their unique growth and wellbeing.

That’s why we work hard to maintain our designated Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate status.

The Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate are governmental programs that help with out-of-pocket child care costs.

They offer supplemental fee assistance that can make all the difference for your family.

They can make your dream child care centre a reality.

The Child Care Benefit

The Child Care Benefit (CCB) is an Australian governmental program that helps pay for the cost of child care.

It is paid out either annually in a lump sum or periodically throughout the year.

This benefit is income tested and generally paid directly to your child care centre to reduce fees for families.

Basic Eligibility for Child Care Benefit (CCB)

  • Use an approved child care centre (all Petit centres are approved)
  • Pay the fees for your child’s care
  • Ensure your child meets immunisation requirements or has an exemption
  • Meet the income test to receive more than a zero rate of Child Care Benefit

The Child Care Rebate

The Child Care Rebate allows you to claim up to 50% of your child care fees.

The program is not means tested. Rather, you can receive the benefit if you are utilising child care for work, training, or educational reasons.

Keep in mind that even if you don’t qualify or receive zero payment from the Child Care Benefit (CCB) program, you do need to apply for CCB in order to be eligible for the Child Care Rebate.

If you receive approval from either the CCB or Child Care Rebate program, you’ll pay less out-of-pocket for child care fees.

Basic eligibility for Child Care Rebate

  • Use an approved child care centre (all Petit centres are approved)
  • Meet eligibility for CCB, even if your earnings are too high to receive payment
  • You and your partner meet the Work, Training, Study test for Child Care Rebate or meet an exception

Child Care Benefit and Childcare Rebate estimator

Because each family situation differs, it’s best to calculate your potential child care benefits for planning purposes.

To calculate an estimate of the Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit for your family, visit Centrelink’s Child Care Estimator.

The website walks you through the calculation, giving you a good prediction of what it would look like for your family.

Application process

To see if you qualify for the Child Care Benefit or the Child Care Rebate, complete the following:

  • Review additional information on Centrelink’s website
  • Apply through your local Family Assistance Office (FAO) or online
  • List Petit Early Learning Journey as eligible for Child Care Benefits (CCB) (and Child Care Rebate if you wish)
  • Provide documentation to support your application
  • Wait for your claim application to process
  • Choose your payment delivery option
  • Call the Family Assistance Office at 13 61 50 or contact Centrelink with any questions

The importance of applying for the Child Care Benefit

(even if you don’t receive benefits from it)

In order to apply for the Child Care Rebate, you must also apply for the Child Care Benefit.

Even if you don’t qualify for any Child Care Benefit funds, you need to submit an application to be eligible for the Child Care Rebate.

Further information

To learn more about the Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate, visit this section of Department of Human Services website.

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