2.6.2.10 Regular Care Child Exceptions for CCB

Regular care child exceptions

In some circumstances, an individual may be eligible for CCB for a child, even though that child is not an FTB or regular care child of the individual, or the individual's partner (1.1.P.30) if they have one.

Example 1: An applicant/recipient has a child who is in receipt of DSP. The child may be deemed a regular care child of the individual for the purposes of CCB if the child is:

  • living with them, and
  • under the age of 21.

Example 2: Two children are staying with their grandmother during the school holidays. For a couple of days during that time, the children attend vacation care. The grandmother is liable to pay for the vacation care. The children can be deemed to be regular care children of the grandmother for the purposes of CCB.

Note: However, because the grandmother does not have ongoing daily care for the children (i.e. not the principal carer (1.1.P.125)), then the grandmother is not eligible for GCCB or the waiver of the work/training/study test. Grandparents providing care during school holidays will need to satisfy the work/training/study test (2.6.3.10) if they want to claim CCB for more than 24 hours of child care.

Act reference: FAAct section 42 When an individual is conditionally eligible for CCB by fee reduction for care provided by an approved child care service, section 44 When an individual is eligible for CCB for a past period for care provided by an approved child care service, section 45 When an individual is eligible for CCB for a past period of care provided by a registered carer, section 14 Meaning of satisfies the work/training/study test

Policy reference: FA Guide 1.1.P.125 Principal carer (CCB), 2.1.1 FTB Child & Regular Care Child, 2.6.1 CCB Eligibility Criteria for Individuals, 2.6.3 CCB Eligibility Requirements Relating to Hours, 2.6.8 Grandparent Child Care Benefit (GCCB)- Eligibility Criteria

Last reviewed: 17 August 2015