Fee Assistance2020-02-14T14:26:07+00:00

Fee Assistance

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 Child Care Subsidy status.

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is the 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 child care centre. All Petit Early Learning Journey centres are approved.
  • be responsible for paying the child care 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 amount of your Family Income.

(a) Your Family Income CCS Percentage

Your Family Income CCS Percentage
$0 to $68,163 85%
$68,164 to $173,163

Between 85% and 50%
The percentage amount reduces by 1% for every $3,000 of income your family earns

$173,164 to $252,453 50%
$252,454 to $342,453 Between 50% and 20%
The percentage amount reduces by 1% for every $3,000 of income your family earns
$342,454 to $352,453 20%
$352,454 or above 0%
   

(b) Annual Cap 

Your Family Income will also impact the total amount of child care subsidy that you will receive.

If your Family Income is $188,163 or less, you won’t have an annual cap on your subsidy.

However, if your Family Income is between $188,163 and $352,453 the amount of the child care subsidy will be capped up to an amount of $10,373 per child each financial year.

(c) Withholding

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 child care 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
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 or internship
  • Actively looking for work
  • Volunteering
  • Other activities on a case by case basis

3. Type of CCS

Your Child Care Subsidy percentage will apply to the lowest of either the hourly fee you’re charged by your child care service or the hourly rate cap.

There is a different hourly rate cap depending on the type of approved child care you use. The hourly rate cap for centre based Long Day Care and Occasional Day Care is $11.98.

CCS Estimator

To calculate an estimate of how much CCS you may receive, we recommend you visit Centrelink’s Child Care Estimator.

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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

Further information