1.1.S.50 Short term hardship (CCB)
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.