Child Care Benefit is payable to many people in Australia, to help with the care of children whilst Parents work, or look for work, or just wish to stay home.
This benefit is normally subject to an income test, and comes in two parts:
Child Care Benefit
The Child Care Benefit is normally given as a discount against fees charged by the Child Care provider.
This benefit is subject to an income test.
People on low incomes can get rebates from the scheduled child care fees of around 80%.
Child Care Rebate
The Child Care Rebate can be worth an extra 50% of your out of pocket child care costs, after any Child Care Benefit received.
There is a maximum limit ($7,500 in 2009/10).
You must also be eligible for Child Care Benefit, even if that rate is 0%.
Payments will be made quarterly once the child care attendance details, from your approved child care service, have been received.