Jobs, Education, and Training Childcare Fee Assistance (JET)

If you’re already receiving Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate, you may be able to receive further help with your childcare fees from the Jobs, Education, and Training Childcare Fee Asisstance, commonly known as JET. JET is an additional childcare financial assistance available for eligible parents who are using approved childcare to engage in activities that help improve their skills so they can enter or re-enter the workforce.

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Are you eligible?

You may be able to claim JET Childcare Fee Assistance if you currently:

  • Use an Approved Childcare, and
  • Receive the Child Care Benefit at the maximum rate, and
  • Have a Job Plan (Your Job Plan describes a list of activities you’ve agreed to undertake that will help you find a job), and
  • Receive one of the folllowing income support payments:
    • Parenting Payment
    • Partner Allowance
    • Carer Payment
    • Newstart Allowance
    • Widow Allowance
    • Widow B Pension
    • Means tested ABSTUDY
    • Farm Household Allowance
    • Youth Allowance (only as a job seeker)
    • Special Benefit (where you receive it because you can’t receive Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance)

JET payment rate and hours

JET payment helps pay for some of your childcare gap fee, which is the amount remaining after your full childcare fee is deducted by the Child Care Benefit payment you receive. Depending on your current situation, you may receive up to $8.40 per hour per child.

The number of hours you can claim also depends on a number of factors, including how many hours of childcare you’re enrolled in, how much your childcare costs, and your current work, training or study situation. If you’re currently undertaking studies or training, you may be eligible for up to 36 hours per week per child. To claim more than 36 hours of JET payment, you and your partner will need to take the Work, Training, and Study test and prove that you are undertaking a JET-approved activity at least 15 hours a week or 30 hours a fortnight.

Below is a list of JET-approved activities:

  • Study or training
  • Paid or unpaid work
  • Job search
  • Participation in a labour market program
  • Participation in a rehabilitation program funded by the government.

Please note that the number of hours you are claiming for JET payment can’t exceed your eligible Child Care Benefit hours per week.

Study restrictions

There are some restrictions that may apply if you’re currently studying. You won’t be able to receive your JET payment if:

  • You already hold a qualification and are undertaking studies at an equivalent study level, or
  • You’re already receiving JET payment at your current study level and have reached your limit.

Payment method

Your JET payment is paid straight to your approved childcare service, which means you’ll receive it in the form of a fee reduction.

What happens if your child is absent?

All parents who receive the JET payment are eligible for up to 42 absent days per child per financial year. For these 42 days, your child can be absent for any reason and you will still receive your JET payment without needing to provide any supporting evidence or documentation.

If one or more of your child’s childcare bookings happens to fall on a public holiday and your centre still charges you for the childcare fee, this will also be considered an absence and will be included in your child’s absence count for the year.

For any additional absences beyond the 42 days a year, you can still receive your JET payment if the reason for the additional absence is any of the following:

  • Your child is sick
  • You have rostered days off or rotating shifts
  • You have shared care arrangements due to a court order, parenting plan or parenting order.

You will be required to provide supporting documents to verify the reason of absence, such as a doctor’s certificate if your child is sick.

Update in 2018

Please note that with the new childcare package that commences on 2 July 2018, the JET payment will be removed. For more information, please visit The Department of Education and Training website.