The Government Child Care Subsidy (CCS) aims to make early learning more affordable; however, we understand it’s not always easy to navigate.
Our ultimate purpose is to ensure our families have all the tools and information at their disposal to feel confident in their children’s journey in early childhood education.
Check out our easy explainer video to assist in understanding the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). It’ll take you through everything you need to know to get started.
Do you have more than one child in care?
Families with more than one child in care may be eligible for a higher subsidy for their second child and younger children if they:
- earn less than $354,305
- have more than one child aged 5 or under in child care.
The standard rate child is usually the eldest CCS-eligible child, while younger children may be eligible for a 30% higher subsidy, up to a maximum 95%.
Families will continue to receive their income tested CCS rate for all children. Children eligible for the higher rate will have the increase automatically included in their CCS percentage reported to Services Australia
For more information please visit the Services Australia Website.
Not sure what kinds of activity make the cut for the Subsidy? See below.
Government Activity Test
Types of approved activity
Paid work, including leave
Studying (approved course)
Working for free (in the family business)
Actively job seeking
Time taken to travel between the child care service and your place of work, training, study, or other approved activity will also be included.
|Between 8 and 16||36 hours|
|16 to 48||72 hours|
|More than 48||100 hours|
Kindergarten Approved Care
Kindergarten aged children are entitled to 36 hours to attend a kindergarten program in an approved long day care service.
No activity test requirements.
Here’s how much you can expect to get covered, on average.
The subsidy you will receive and any applicable cap will depend upon your own personal circumstances and is subject to your combined family income, hours of recognised activity and child care details. Even if you are currently receiving the Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate, you will need to update your details through your Centrelink account on MyGov. For more information visit The Department of Education’s website.
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