If your child needs child care in Cannington, Queens Park or other Perth suburbs, you may be eligible for a child care benefit. Last month, we covered the requirement for a child care rebate. This month, we would like to provide information on the child care benefit, which is a different program and another great resource for parents.
Many of the eligibility criteria are identical to those of the child care rebate, but there are a few slight differences. We want you to know about all available resources to help defray the costs of child care. We encourage you to use every resource to which you are entitled.
Basic Eligibility Criteria
- The child care centre must be registered or approved.
- Only the person responsible for paying child care expenses can collect child care benefits.
- Your child must be immunised, on a “catch up” schedule for immunisation or exempt from any immunisation requirements.
- Your child must meet requirements for residency.
- You must also pass the income test to qualify for child care benefits.
Remember that the child care benefit is the first “link” in the supply chain. If you are only eligible for a zero rate, you can still apply for a child care rebate. Some families who are at a zero rate and can’t collect a child care benefit can still collect a child care rebate.
Factors that Can Change Benefit Status
If your status changes while you are collecting the child care benefit, it can affect your eligibility. It is your responsibility to report changes to the Government. These include:
- Changes in income.
- Your child “graduates” to school.
- Your employer pays some or all of your child care as part of a salary sacrifice agreement.
- Your child is no longer receiving child care.
- You or your partner no longer meet the criteria in the Work, Training, Study test.
We Can Help
To learn more, use the contact form on our website or call your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre.