Child Care Subsidy
Child Care Subsidy Update
Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy will commence again from 13 July 2020.
For families that have been impacted by COVID-19, who can no longer access the same number of hours of work, training or study as before, a transition period will apply for 12 weeks from 13 July 2020 to 4 October 2020. These families will be able to access up to 100 hours per fortnight of subsidised childcare.
What is the Child Care Subsidy?
The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) helps make early learning and childcare more accessible for Australian families. The Child Care Subsidy will generally be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce the fees you pay.
How does the Child Care Subsidy work?
The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to providers to be passed on to families as a fee reduction. Families will contribute the difference between the provider fee charged and the subsidised amount.
Calculate how much Child Care Subsidy your family could receive:
There are three things that will determine your level of subsidy:
Our Family Relations Team can help you calculate an estimate for your subsidy, contact us for more information.
Activity level of parents
The number of hours of subsidised care families can access will be determined by an activity test. The higher the level of activity, the more hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 hours per fortnight.
Some families can get Additional Child Care Subsidy. It will be paid on top of Child Care Subsidy to provide extra support with child care fees.
There are 3 different types of Additional Child Care Subsidy that you can apply for. You can apply if you’re either:
- a grandparent
- transitioning to work
- experiencing temporary financial hardship.
- care for your child at least 2 nights per fortnight, or have 14% care
- are liable for fees for care provided at an approved child care service
- meet the residency rules. See further information here
- Your child must also meet immunisation requirements
- your family’s income
- the hours of activity you and your partner do
- the hourly rate cap based on the type of approved child care you use and your child’s age.
CCS claims can only be backdated up to 28 days. You can’t make a lump sum claim for CCS.
Complete the following steps to apply for Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Before you start, check if you are eligible to receive the Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
Once a connection to Centrelink is made, you will receive notification to approve the enrolment notice. Instructions on how to do this can be found here https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/online-help/centrelink/confirm-your-childs-enrolment-details-child-care-subsidy
Visit the enrolments tab in your Centrelink account to approve your child’s childcare details (i.e. the campus they are enrolled at, days they are enrolled and the daily rate)
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