The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a payment from the Australian Government to support families with the cost of childcare. It replaced the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate (from July 2018) with a single, means-tested subsidy. The CCS is paid directly to providers which in turn, lowers the out of pocket expense for families.
The amount of CCS families may receive is based on the combined family income, the fortnightly family activity level and fees charged by the childcare service.
Some examples of activities include but are not limited to: paid work (including leave), approved study or training, actively seeking work, volunteering and self-employment.
Activities combined with income determine how many hours per fortnight of subsidised care families may access, (up to a maximum of 100 hours of subsidised care per fortnight).
To ensure a smooth transition into childcare for families and the service, please note the following information;
To claim CCS, you must register with Centrelink and open a MyGov account if you do not already have one.
When you register for CCS, Centrelink will determine your CCS percentage.
You will be asked to provide some information when registering for CCS as follows;