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Child care assistance

Child Care Benefit - The Child Care Benefit is income tested and is usually paid directly to approved Child Care Services to reduce the fees that eligible families pay.

Child Care Rebate - The Child Care Rebate is an additional payment to the Child Care Benefit which helps working families cover the out-of-pocket costs of child care. It is not income tested and covers up to 50 per cent of out-of-pocket costs, up to $7,500 per child, per year.

The Australian Government also provides eligible families on income support with financial assistance to help cover the cost of approved child care when undertaking approved study or training activities. This assistance is provided through:

Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance - JETCCFA is a payment to help you with the cost of approved child care if you are on an eligible income support payment to help you get the skills you need for a job. It can help meet the cost of care by paying most of the "gap fee" - that is, the difference between the full fee you are charged and the Child Care Benefit you receive - while you participate in work, study or training activities.