Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment
If you're under 19 and have a child under five, and are in full-time education, training or work-based learning, you may be able to get the Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment (GCAP) to assist with the cost of childcare
Who can get it
You may be able to get GCAP if you are:
- receiving a Young Parent Payment (or 16 – 18 years old and included as a partner of a specified beneficiary)
- in full-time education, training or work-based learning
- working part-time (for up to 15 hours a week)
- the main caregiver for a child under 5.
Or, if you're not on a benefit, and:
- under 18
- attending secondary school full-time
- the main caregiver for a child under the age of five
- either living with, and supported by your parents or guardian, or married or in a civil union or de facto relationship.
If you have a partner, in order to receive GCAP there needs to be a good reason why your partner can’t provide childcare. For example, your partner is studying, working or actively seeking work.