Current child care system for families (until 1 July 2018)


The Australian Government offers a range of payments and services to help with the costs of child care. The current child care arrangements will be replaced on 2 July 2018 with a New Child Care Package.

Until 1 July 2018 the current system consists of:

  • Child Care Benefit can help you with the cost of approved and registered care
  • Child Care Rebate can assist with your out of pocket expenses for Child Care Benefit for approved care if you are working, studying or training to get Child Care Rebate, you must first make a claim for Child Care Benefit for approved child care
  • Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance can help you if you're eligible for Child Care Benefit for approved child care, want to return to work after having a child and are doing activities such as job search, work or study

Further information on the current child care system, including how to make a claim for child care assistance, is available on the Department of Human Services website.

Child Care Payments Compliance program

Important message to families – to make sure you do not become involved in claiming money you are not entitled to and you may have to repay if a service is doing the wrong thing.

Assistance in finding suitable child care

The MyChild website can assist families in finding suitable child care.

Further information