Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

What is the Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a government subsidy that offers different levels of financial assistance to help cover the cost of childcare for Australian families. How much you receive depends on your individual circumstances.   There is more information below about the CCS, how much you should receive and how to apply.  

Your CCS is calculated using three components:

  1. Your combined family income
  2. Your level of ‘activity’
  3. Your childcare provider’s hourly rate
  • Paid work (including all-time between drop off at the centre and pick up at centre, commute time, lunch breaks etc)
  • All types of work across all jobs/employers
  • Authorised leave (e.g. maternity leave, long service leave, annual leave)
  • Unpaid leave of up to 6 months
  • Unpaid work in a family business
  • Time spent setting up a business that has not yet started to operate
  • Training and study (including additional study outside scheduled hours, holiday and non-class periods)
  • Work experience/internships (paid or unpaid)
  • Volunteering
  • Looking for work (including contacting employers, preparing resumes and letters of application, preparing for and attending job interviews etc)

How can I get the most out of the CCS?

COVID and your level of Activity

Temporary changes have been made to help families whose activity levels have dropped as a result of COVID-19.  From 13 July 2020 to 4 October 2020, impacted families can access up to 100 hours of subsidised childcare, per child, per fortnight. To be eligible, families must have experienced a reduction in their number of hours of recognised activity compared to pre-COVID-19.  This is also available for two-parent families – where one or both parents have experienced reduced activity compared to pre-COVID-19. Both parents must still be engaged in at least eight hours of recognised activity per fortnight to be eligible for this additional subsidised care.  To access this, you must update your activity levels with Centrelink via your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. 

Free childcare under the Government’s ‘Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package’ ended on 12 July. From 13 July 2020, the regular Child Care Subsidy (CCS) returned.  

From 13 July 2020, families again need to pay the ‘gap fee’. The gap fee is the fee payable by you over and above the CCS subsidy amount. It is often referred to as your out-of-pocket cost.  NOTE: This excludes families located in areas subject to Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria who choose not to attend care.

Next steps will depend on your individual circumstances.

  • Already receiving CCS before 6 April 2020?  You don’t need to do anything for your subsidy to start again, as long as you have remained eligible and enrolled. Your CCS will have started again automatically on 13 July 2020.
  • Your circumstances have changed?  For example, if your income level or contact information has changed, you should update your details with Centrelink as soon as possible. This can be done through your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
  • New to childcare?  You should put in a claim for CCS as soon as possible. Otherwise, from 13 July 2020, you will need to pay full fees. In addition, claims for CCS can only be backdated for up to 28 days from the day the claim is lodged, so the sooner you act, the better it will be for your back pocket.

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