1.1.S.50 Short term hardship (CCB)

Definition

For the purposes of CCB, a recipient is in short term hardship if they cannot pay their child care fees because, as a result of unforeseen circumstances, they have had:

  • a substantial fall in income, or
  • substantial extra expenses.

Examples: Circumstances that can cause short term hardship include:

  • loss of employment,
  • failure of a business,
  • death or serious illness in the family, causing major:
    • extra expenses, or
    • reduced income, and
  • natural disaster or fire, resulting in:
    • the family needing to find somewhere else to live, or
    • extra child care needs.

Examples: Circumstances that are not considered to cause short term hardship include:

  • ongoing low income,
  • foreseeable expenses such as car or house repairs,
  • extra expenses created by choice such as home improvements,
  • the birth of a baby, however, if the baby is seriously ill or there are multiple births this may be considered an unforeseen event that causes significant extra expenses.
Last reviewed: 1 July 2015