From July 2nd 2018 the government implemented the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) as part of The New Child Care Package.
We have summarised some key information regarding Child Care Subsidy. It is important that you read this to understand how CCS will impact your individual situation.
Every family must be registered on myGov and complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment.
For families to be eligible to receive any relevant subsidies, you will be required to have a myGov account linked to Centrelink.
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.
Type of Child Care Service – The maximum hourly rate the Government will subsidise is based on the type of child care service. The maximum hourly rate for 2018/2019 in Centre Based Long Day Care is $11.77.
For more information on how your level of CCS is determined, follow this link.
Annual Subsidy Cap
For most families, there will no longer be an annual cap on the amount of subsidy you can receive. For families earning more than $186,958 and under $351,248, an increased annual subsidy cap of $10,190 per child, per year will apply. Families earning over $351,248 will receive no subsidy.
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.
The Department of Education and Training have great resources available to families with information. You can find these resources here.
Our Support Centre team are also available to assist!