On 7 March 2022, the government introduced higher subsidies for families who have two or more children aged under five in early learning and care.
To qualify for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) you must:
- care for a child 13 or younger who is not attending secondary school, unless an exemption applies
- use an approved child care service
- be responsible for paying the child care fees
- meet residency and immunisation requirements.
For families to be eligible to receive any relevant Child Care Subsidy (CCS), you will be required to have a myGov account linked to Centrelink.
Every family must be registered on myGov and complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment.
It is important that you read Services Australia’s information on Child Care Subsidy to understand how the CCS will impact your individual situation.
Through myGov you are able to complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment. Please note it is important you complete your assessment as soon as possible to ensure you receive your subsidy.
We also suggest every family checks their details in myGov are correct as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition.
You can register for a myGov account here.
Levels of Child Care Subsidy – what your family may receive
Three things determine the level of CCS families will receive:
Combined Family Income – Family income is the combined family-adjusted taxable income. Your family income will determine the percentage of subsidy you are eligible for.
Activity Level of Parents – An activity test will determine the number of hours of subsidised child care that families will have access to per fortnight.
Service Type and hourly rates – The maximum hourly rate the Government will subsidise is based on the type of child care service. The maximum hourly rate effective from July 2021 in Centre Based Long Day Care is $12.31.
For more information on how your level of CCS is determined, follow this link.
For families who are eligible to receive the Child Care Subsidy, from 10 December 2021, there is no annual cap on how much CCS you can receive each year.
Please visit education.gov.au/childcare or contact Centrelink on 13 61 50 for more information.
Child Care Subsidy Payments
Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is paid directly to the centre. It is based on the attendance records that are submitted for your child. The gap between the Centre’s daily charge and the CCS will be payable by the family via Direct Debit.
Services Australia has great resources available to families with information. You can find these resources here.
Our Support Centre team are also available to assist!