2.8.2.10 JETCCFA Eligibility Exceptions for All Individuals

Introduction

This topic explains 3 JETCCFA eligibility exceptions and covers:

  • eligibility for JETCCFA during a person's income support payment nil rate period,
  • when a JETCCFA recipient leaves Australia temporarily or permanently for more than 6 weeks, and
  • receipt of SCCB and GCCB has on a person's eligibility for JETCCFA.

Eligibility for JETCCFA during a person's income support payment nil rate period

JETCCFA can be paid during a person's income support payment nil rate period providing the person remains eligible for CCB at the maximum rate, however JETCCFA payments cannot extend beyond a JETCCFA activity limit (1.1.J.50) or apply when an income support payment is cancelled.

Example 1: George receives income support and JETCCFA during the first 18 weeks of a job, then increases his hours of employment and income such that he enters an income support nil rate period in the 19th week and remains eligible for the maximum rate of CCB. JETCCFA can be paid for the last 8 weeks (18 + 8) of George's 26 week JETCCFA activity limit. In these circumstances JETCCFA should not be paid for his nil rate period beyond the JETCCFA activity approval limit of 26 weeks.

Example 2: Anna receives income support and JETCCFA for part-time work. She gains full-time employment, and immediately enters into a nil rate period. At the completion of Anna's nil rate period, 13 weeks after commencing the job, her income support payment is cancelled and therefore her JETCCFA is cancelled. Anna can no longer receive JETCCFA because she is no longer receiving income support.

JETCCFA recipient leaves Australia temporarily or permanently for more than 6 weeks

Portability rules reduce the time that income support and FA recipients can receive a payment while outside Australia to 6 weeks.

As JETCCFA eligibility criteria includes being granted, but not cancelled from, an income support payment, JETCCFA payments cannot apply when an income support payment is cancelled. Therefore, JETCCFA will be cancelled if the child and/or the person claiming JETCCFA leaves Australia temporarily or permanently (1.1.A.120) for more than 6 weeks.

Similarly, as JETCCFA eligibility criteria are linked with CCB and FTB eligibility, the same temporary absence from Australia provisions apply (2.1.2). Entitlement to CCB may continue for any temporary absence, for up to 6 weeks, however, the child care must be provided in Australia.

The date of effect of the cancellation is the date of the Sunday following the departure date.

Receipt of SCCB & GCCB on a person's eligibility for JETCCFA

JETCCFA is not payable to a person on behalf of a child for whom they are receiving SCCB or GCCB.

Policy reference: FA Guide 1.1.J.50 JETCCFA activity limits, 2.1.2 Australian Residence & Portability, 2.6.8 Grandparent Child Care Benefit (GCCB) - Eligibility Criteria, 2.6.7 Special Child Care Benefit (SCCB) - Eligibility Criteria

Last reviewed: 8 May 2017