The Child Care Subsidy has replaced the old Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. This new payment is designed to be simpler, to make child care affordable for more families, and to provide more help to low and middle-income families.
Your family’s combined income will calculate the CCS percentage you’re entitled to.
Remember, you will need to contact Centrelink when your combined income increases or decreases.
|Family income||CCS %|
|$68,163 – $173,162||Subsidy reduces 1% for every $3,000 over $68,163|
|$173,162 – $252,452||50%|
|$252,452 – $342,452||Subsidy reduces 1% for every $3,000 over $252,452|
|$342,452 – $352,453||20%|
These tax brackets will be adjusted as per CPI every financial year.
For the 2019-2020 financial year Centrelink have increased their hourly rate cap from $11.77 tp $11.98. Our preschools operate 10 hour days so the maximum daily subsidy is your allocated percentage of $119.80. Fees beyond the $119.80 per day are not subsidised.
CCS is linked to how much a family contributes to the Australian economy through activity. This activity level is calculated from the parent with the lowest number of hours of activity.
|Hours of activity (per fortnight)||Maximum number of hours of subsidy (per fortnight)|
|8 hours to 16 hours||36 hours|
|16 hours to 48 hours||72 hours|
|More than 48 hours||100 hours|
Under the Child Care Subsidy system if you are doing suitable activity and the amount of activity will then determine how many hours of Childcare Subsidy you are eligible for.
Activity counts as:
There may be some families that lose the level of childcare funding support they have become used to as a result of the activity test. However, please note:
Depending on your household income the following caps apply to the amount of fee subsidy you are eligible for each financial year: