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About Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to your child’s education and care service

You are eligible if your family's combined annual household income is less than $354,305 and you are undertaking one or more recognised activities for at least 8 hours a fortnight.

  • Annual income is your and your partner’s adjusted taxable income for the whole financial year.
  • Recognised activities include paid work, paid and unpaid leave and approved study.

To get Child Care Subsidy (CCS) you must:

  • care for a child 13 or younger who's not attending secondary school, unless an exemption applies
  • use an approved child care service
  • be responsible for paying the child care fees
  • meet residency and immunisation requirements.

Find out what your family might pay for education and care

The Child Care Subsidy Calculator tool is here to help. Answer the questions to find out how much you can get. Families with more than one child aged 5 or younger may be eligible for a higher Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

Changes to Child Care Subsidy

From 10 July 2023 there are changes to CCS.

Most families will get more CCS. This is known as Cheaper Child Care. Read more about what you need to know from July.

More information

For a full and detailed estimate of your Child Care Subsidy eligibility go to: Services Australia: How much you can get
You need to do a recognised activity to get Child Care Subsidy, to find out more go to Services Australia: Recognised activities