Childcare Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS), which commenced on 2 July 2018, is the main way the Government assists families with their child care fees. The Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) were replaced by the current Child Care Subsidy. The new Child Care Subsidy is means-tested and provides more assistance to low- and middle-income families, and is simpler than the previous multi-payment system.

The Child Care Subsidy is generally paid directly to service providers to be passed on to families as a fee reduction. Families make a co-contribution to their child care fees and pay the provider the difference between the fee charged and the subsidy amount.

Families can estimate their CCS entitlement by using the Department of Human Services Payment and Service Finder.

Start by creating a MyGov account to access various government services including Centrelink. Create MyGov Account.

  • Log into your MyGov account.
  • Navigate to "Your Services" and select "Centrelink."
  • Find and click on "Complete your Child Care Subsidy Assessment" at the bottom of the screen.
  • Follow the provided instructions to complete your assessment.

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