Government Child Care Subsidy

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Guide to the Government Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

The CCS makes early learning more affordable for many Australians

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Child care subsidy benefit break down for you and your family

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Family income


$66,958 – $171, 958Subsidy reduces 1% for every $3,000 over $66,958
$171,958 – $251,24850%
$251,248 – $341,248Subsidy reduces 1% for every $3,000 over $251,248
$341,248 – $351,24820%

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How much Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will I be entitled to?

This will depend on three factors:

1) How much ‘work related’ activity you and your partner undertake each fortnight. The entitlement is based on the lesser activity figure for a member of a couple.

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2) Your total combined family income.

3) The amount of early education child care undertaken.

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Calculating Your Out-of-Pocket Expense

Care Care Subsidy Calculator

Below is a link to a calculator developed for Australian parents to estimate their possible Child Care Subsidy (CCS) amount from the Australian Government and out-of-pocket child care costs when using Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care or Outside School Hours Care. This Calculator is based on the publicly available guidelines and publications about Child Care Subsidy.

The estimation will be based on the information you provide. If any information provided is inaccurate, the estimation will could be incorrect. You will need to information regarding our fees as part of the calculation which can be found below.


Even if you DON'T meet the Child Care Subsidy Activity Test Requirements, you may still be able to access subsidised child care according to Department of Human Services:

Low income families on $66,958 or less a year will be able to access 24 hours of subsidised care per fortnight without having to meet the activity test;

If you don’t meet the activity test and you have a preschool aged child attending an early educational program (such as a preschool or kindergarten program) at a Centre Based Day Care service, you can access 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight.

For more information, visit the Department of Human Services website

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