1.2.6 Jobs, Education & Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA) - Description

Note: From 2 July 2018 there will be a new Child Care Package. As part of the changes, JETCCFA will cease on 1 July 2018. Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy will start from 2 July 2018. To find out more, and to estimate what the new subsidy might be, please go to the Department of Education and Training's The New Child Care Package page.

Summary

JETCCFA is a payment made to approved child care services (1.1.A.90) on behalf of eligible families to reduce the cost of care at the time it is provided. It is paid in addition to CCB. The sum of both CCB and JETCCFA reduces a person's out-of-pocket expenses for approved child care per JETCCFA hour for each of their children in care.

JETCCFA applies for a specific number of hours in a week for each child of an eligible person and for a specified period. The number of hours each week and the period that JETCCFA applies is determined according to the nature and duration of the approved activities specified in the person's Job Plan.

Objective of JETCCFA

JETCCFA aims to:

  • assist families with the cost of child care,
  • reduce barriers for parents receiving certain income support payments to participate in activities that will enable them make the transition to work, and
  • support parents in balancing work and family commitments.

Background information

The administration of JET child care payments to families transferred from the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) to Centrelink on 3 July 2006. Since early 2008 JETCCFA is administered by DHS on behalf of the department responsible for child care assistance, currently the Department of Education and Training.

Policy reference: FA Guide 1.1.A.90 Approved service, approved care (CCB, CCR)

Last reviewed: 2 January 2018