Paying salaries to a nanny can be an expensive option, there is some assistance available through the Child Care Benefit.
The Australian federal government offers two main arms of support in the cost of child care, the Child Care Rebate and the Child Care Benefit. The Child Care Rebate is mainly available to children attending child care centres.
To be able to claim the Child Care Benefit, your nanny will need to be registered as a carer with Centerlink and you will need to be looking for work, working, training, or studying during the week.
You may qualify for Child Care Benefit, if you meet all of the following:
- you are responsible for paying the child-care fees for your child and
- your child is immunised (or on an immunisation catch-up schedule) or is exempt from the immunisation requirements and
- you meet the residency requirements and
- you meet the income test
The maximum current registered care rate for a non school-aged child in up to 50 hours of care per week is $0.652 per hour, or $32.60 per week. With the payment rates for school-age children are 85 per cent of the non-school-age rate. Child Care Benefit rates are adjusted on 1 July each year, in line with the Consumer Price Index
The amount of Child Care Benefit you can get for registered care is not means tested.
To read more go visit the Australian Government Department of Human Services website.