Childcare Subsidy

Childcare Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy is the main way the Government assists families with their child care fees. The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a single, means-tested subsidy, which is paid directly to child care providers.

Eligibility for Child Care Subsidy

To be eligible, you need to:

  • Complete an application for the CCS via Centrelink (for each child)
  • Use approved or registered child care
  • Be responsible for paying the child care fees for your child
  • Ensure your child is immunised, on an immunisation catch up schedule, or is exempt from the immunisation requirements, and
  • Meet the residence requirements

Other factors that can affect your Child Care Subsidy include:

  • Combined family income, including changes in income.
  • Activity Level of Parents, including one or more parents no longer meeting the Activity Test
  • Entering into a salary sacrifice arrangement with your employer in which some or all of your child care fees are paid on your behalf
  • Using more than one child care service
  • Hours the service is open may exceed subsidised care hours.


  • Set up a claim for CCS through Centrelink. The following link will take you through to the step by step process
  • Click Here

Centrelink percentage

You can roughly work out what your percentage and activity hours will be by using the Starting Blocks CCS tool. Use the link below and follow the prompts.