The Work, Training, or Study Test is a test that’s put in place to help assess how many hours of the Child Care Benefit you’re entitled to. The test requires both you and your partner to be undertaking work-related commitments.
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You are considered as taking on work-related commitment if you’re currently:
- Undertaking paid work (this includes self-employment and paid leave from work)
- Setting up your own business
- Searching for work
- Studying or training
- Undertaking voluntary work
- On paid or unpaid parental leave.
The Work, Training, or Study Test and the Child Care Benefit
Families who are eligible for the Child Care Benefit can claim up to 24 hours of the Child Care Benefit per child per week, without having to take the test. However, some may be able to claim up to 50 hours per child per week if you take the Work, Training or Study Test, and can prove that you and your partner each have work-related commitments for a minimum of 15 hours per week or 30 hours per fortnight.
The Work, Training, or Study Test and Child Care Rebate
You and your partner need to undertake one or more work-related commitments during the week you use childcare in order to be eligible for the Child Care Rebate. There are no minimum hours of work-related commitments needed for you to be eligible, except if you and/or your partner are currently doing voluntary work, in which case you’ll need to do at least 15 hours or work a week, or 30 hours a fortnight.
Exemption from the test
In some cases, you or your partner may be exempt from the test if one of you meets any of the following criteria:
- Have a disability
- Are overseas
- Are in prison.
This exemption applies per individual, not per family. So, if only you are exempt from the test, then your partner must still do the test, and vice versa.
Both you and your partner may be exempt in the case that:
- Either you or your partner is a grandparent who is acting as a primary carer for a grandchild, or
- Either you or your partner has an exceptional circumstances, or
- Either one of you are caring for a child with disability and are on Carer Allowance .