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Child Care Subsidy changes

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is increasing from 10 July. Here’s what families need to do.


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Families who already get CCS

Families already getting CCS don’t need to do anything to get the new rates. Services Australia will apply the changes from 10 July.


Families who will become eligible

Families who earn between $356,756 and $530,000 may be entitled to CCS from 10 July. Families who haven’t claimed CCS, should lodge a claim with Services Australia.

Some families already using care may currently be assessed for CCS and get 0% but will be eligible for an increased rate from 10 July. These families should check that their income estimate is up to date through their Centrelink online account.


Families with more than one child aged 5 or under in care

Families earning below $362,408 with more than one child aged 5 or under in care can still get a higher rate for their second and younger children from 10 July.

From 10 July, the rates for each child are worked out using two separate income tests. Families can use the CCS Calculator at StartingBlocks.gov.au to find out what their future rates may be.


Families with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children can get at least 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight, regardless of their family’s circumstances, from 10 July.

If they would like to get at least 36 hours of subsidised care, families can call Services Australia on the Centrelink families line to let them know a child in their care is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. It’s voluntary to tell Services Australia this.

Families may get more than 36 hours of subsidy per fortnight based on their circumstances and the amount of recognised activity they do. Families will still need to pay the gap fee.


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