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    Default CCR for non working parents

    I was of the impression that the child care rebate (50% off fees up to $7.5k) was only available to parents who met the work/study test - can someone clarify this?

    Someone I know is adamant they receive it even though they don't work, study, volunteer etc.

    ETA - I don't currently receive it as I don't meet the work/study test, so I don't want to unnecessarily miss out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChelleBH View Post
    I was of the impression that the child care rebate (50% off fees up to $7.5k) was only available to parents who met the work/study test - can someone clarify this?

    Someone I know is adamant they receive it even though they don't work, study, volunteer etc.

    ETA - I don't currently receive it as I don't meet the work/study test, so I don't want to unnecessarily miss out!
    You also get it on maternity leave. But otherwise no, you are not eligible for it.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    Nope. CCR is for working or studying parents. She may get CCB which is for low income/SAHM's which is 30% rebate.

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    Or do you get both if one parent is perhaps on a disability support payment and one working maybe?? Just trying to think of alternative scenarios (my DD doesn't go to CC).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlondeinBrisvegas View Post
    Or do you get both if one parent is perhaps on a disability support payment and one working maybe?? Just trying to think of alternative scenarios (my DD doesn't go to CC).
    My understanding is it's based on the primary carer. So if you have Dad at home on disability caring for the kids and mum working or studying he would only be applicable for CCB if under the income threshold.

    If Mum was on PPP and getting the FTB and Dad was on disability it would still depend on her and she would only get CCB.

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    Thanks ladies. I thought as much, she is a single parent, doesn't work, volunteer, study or on mat leave.

    It was a very frustrating conversation, but it made me wonder! I was eligible as I was on leave (5mo Dd) but I have since resigned. She was definitely referring to CCR.

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    I got this when my kids were in child care. I phoned centrelink about it, sure they'd made a mistake but they said the calculations were correct. I said I'm a sahm and asked her to double check. She said she would update my details- even though they were all correct-, I think she just wanted me off the phone but it never changed and I always got the 50% that I wasn't actually entitled to as well as the other % rate.

    My kids don't go to child care anymore and im still waiting for the letter that says I will have to pay it back. I fully expect to because I never studied or worked.

    Eta I know another sahm who has had the same thing happen. Never studied or worked. It's weird. I wonder if it's just a system glitch?

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    Isn't the work/study test only for over 24 hours of care per week?
    To be honest, I've given up trying to get my head around the system...but thought that was how it worked.

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    Here's a link that explains it and what the exemptions are:

    http://www.humanservices.gov.au/cust...ing-study-test

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    I know a couple of sahm's who received Ccb and ccr and weren't studying or looking for work. I don't think it's something they check up on very often.


 

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