Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy
We want your child to benefit from being in the best learning environment — a place that genuinely supports their unique growth and wellbeing. That is why we work hard to maintain our designated CCS status.
CCS is a government program that helps parents and families with out-of-pocket child care costs. It offers fee assistance that can make a difference to you and ensures that quality child care is accessible to all families.
This subsidy is income and activity tested and is paid directly to your child care centre to reduce the fees you pay.
Basic Eligibility for Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
To be eligible for CCS you will need to:
- care for a child 13 years or younger and not attending a secondary school
- use an approved childcare centre. All Petit ELJ centres are approved.
- be responsible for paying the childcare fees
- to ensure your child meets immunisation requirements or has an exemption
- meet Australian Residency requirements
Amount of CCS
The amount of CCS, you and your family, can receive depends on your circumstances. All of the following are considered by Centrelink in determining the amount of CCS your family may receive:
1. Your Family Income
Your CCS percentage will be dependent upon the amount of your Family Income.
(a) Your Family Income CCS Percentage (from 12 July 2021)
|Your Family Income||CCS Percentage|
|Up to $70,015||85%|
|More than $70,015 to below $175,015||
Between 85% and 50%
|$175,015 to below $254,305||50%|
|$254,305 to below $344,305||Between 50% and 20%
The percentage goes down by 1% for every $3,000 of income your family earns
|$344,305 to below $354,305||20%|
|$354,305 or more||0%|
(b) Annual Cap (from 12 July 2021)
Your Family Income will also impact the total amount of childcare subsidy that you will receive.
If your Family Income is under $190,015, you won’t have an annual cap on your subsidy.
However, if your Family Income is more than $190,015 and under $354,305 the amount of the childcare subsidy will be capped up to an amount of $10,655 per child each financial year.
Centrelink withhold 5% of your CCS. This is to help reduce the likelihood of you getting an overpayment. You can vary this amount to suit your circumstances.
You can do this up to twice a year using your Centrelink online account through myGov. If you would like to change it more than this, call the Families line.
Centrelink use your family income estimate to work out how much subsidy you will get. This means at the end of each financial year Centrelink will balance your payments using your actual adjusted taxable income. They compare this information to make sure they have subsidised your child care fees correctly in the financial year.
If you underestimated your family income, you may end up with an overpayment which you will need to pay back. Centrelink will use the amount they withheld to help reduce the debt.
If you overestimated your family income and did not get enough subsidy, they will pay any outstanding amount directly to you. This will include the amount they withheld.
2. Your Family Level of Activity
The number of hours of subsidised childcare your family is entitled to each fortnight is determined by an activity test. The higher the levels of activity, the more hours of subsidised care your family will be able to access, up to a maximum of 100 hours per fortnight.
The parent or guardian with the lowest hours of activity in your family will determine the hours of subsidised care.
|Hours of recognised activities each fortnight||Hours of subsidised care each fortnight|
|Less than 8 hours||0 hours if you earn above $69,390
24 hours if you earn $69,390 or below
|More than 8 hours to 16 hours||36 hours|
|More than 16 to 48 hours||72 hours|
|More than 48 hours||100 hours|
Recognised Activities include:
- Paid work including being self-employed or on paid or unpaid leave such as parental or maternity leave
- Actively studying or training
- Unpaid work in a family business, work experience or internship
- Actively setting up a business
- Other activities on a case by case basis
You can access up to 36 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight if your only activity is either:
- Actively looking for work.
To access this amount you must spend a minimum of 8 hours each fortnight doing the activity.
3. Type of CCS
Your Child Care Subsidy percentage will apply to the lowest of either the hourly fee you’re charged by your childcare service or the hourly rate cap.
There is a different hourly rate cap depending on the type of approved childcare you use. From 12 July 2021, the CCS hourly rate cap for centre-based Long Day Care and Occasional Day Care is $12.31.
To calculate an estimate of how much CCS you may receive, we recommend you visit Centrelink’s Child Care Estimator.
CCS Claim process
1. Get your documents ready
Common documents and information requested in the claim process are set out at the Department of Human Services Child Care Subsidy Supporting Documents Page.
2. Make your Claim
a. Online. You will need a myGov account linked to Centrelink.
– Sign in to myGov and go to Centrelink
– Select Make a claim, then Start a new claim
– Under Families, select Get started.
– Answer all the questions. Each screen has information to help you.
– Submit your claim
b. Call the Families CCS line on 136 150 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm.
3. Track Your Claim
After you submit your claim you will get a receipt advising that you’ve successfully submitted your claim, the ID number of your claim and an estimated completion date. You can track the progress of your claim:
a. online by sign in to myGov and go to Centrelink
b. by using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
To learn more about the CCS visit: