Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate

As Bright Sparks is an Australian Government approved service, we are eligible to receive Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) from Centrelink on your behalf to assist with your fees.

Most families are eligible to receive CCB and CCR, and choose to have them paid directly to the Centre to reduce out-of-pocket expenses. CCB reduces your fees for up to 24 hours of care per week, or up to 50 hours if you are working, training, or studying. CCR pays up to half of your remaining child care fees. See more information from Centrelink about CCB and CCR.

We recommend lodging your application with Centrelink prior to commencing your enrolment. Full fees are payable until benefits are received by the Centre.

Jobs, Education, and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance

JET significantly reduces your child care fees to just $1 an hour if you are working, training or studying. See more information from Centrelink about JET.

Special Child Care Benefit

Special Child Care Benefit covers full fees where a child is at risk of serious abuse or neglect, or
a family has an exceptional case of short term financial hardship which has substantially reduced their capacity to pay child care fees. You may be eligible for Special Child Care Benefit if you have recently experienced a job loss, family separation, or unexpected loss of income or extra expenses. Please contact us for more information about applying for Special Child Care Benefit.

Grandparent Child Care Benefit

Grandparent Child Care Benefit (GCCB) covers full fees if you are a grandparent and are the primary provider of ongoing daily care for your grandchild, are eligible for Child Care Benefit, and receive an income support payment from Department of Human Services or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Contact Centrelink’s Grandparent Advisors for assistance applying for GCCB.