The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) which commenced on the 2nd of 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) was 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.
There are three factors that determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy.
- Combined annual family income
- Activity test – the activity level of both parents
- Service type – type of child care service and whether the child attends school
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 to the provider the difference between the fee charged and the subsidy amount.
There is also targeted additional fee assistance for vulnerable families through the Child Care Safety Net.
Families can get an estimate of what they may be entitled to by entering their details into the Department of Human Services Payment and Service Finder.
Create a MyGov account by clicking this link below:
Once logged into your MyGov account, you will see Centrelink listed under “Your Services” click on “Centrelink”. You will then see a box at the bottom of the screen which says “Complete your Child Care Subsidy Assessment” click on this box and follow the instructions.
For more information click the below links or phone the Centre Director of your campus.