Government Subsidies

Currently, there are two main forms of government subsidy to assist parents with the costs of child care. You may choose to have any payment for which you are eligible paid directly to your child care service, thus reducing your out of pocket expenses during the year.

Child Care Benefit (CCB)

CCB helps you with the cost of child care for long day care, family day care, occasional care, outside school hours care, vacation care and registered care.

The basic eligibilty requirements are that you:

  • Use approved or registered child care
  • Are responsible for paying the child care fees
  • Have immunised your child

For more information about CCB, including eligibility, payment rates and special arrangements visit Centrelink

Child Care Rebate (CCR)

CCR assists parents or guardians with out-of-pocket expenses for approved child care if you are working, training or studying.
It covers 50% of out of pocket child care expenses, up to a maximum amount per child per year, in addition to any amount received from Child Care Benefit and Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance.

The basic eligibilty requirements are that you:

  • Use a Child Care Benefit approved child care service
  • Are eligible for Child Care Benefit for approved care, even if you earn too much to receive payment, and
  • And your partner meet the Work, Training, Study test or are exempt from it

For more information about CCR visit Centrelink

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) from 2 July 2018

The Child Care Subsidy will be the main way the Government will assist families with their child care fees. 

When the Child Care Subsidy commences on 2 July 2018, it will:

  • replace the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) with a single, means-tested subsidy
  • be paid directly to child care providers to be passed on to families
  • be simpler than the current multi-payment system
  • be better targeted and provide more assistance to low and middle income families.

Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator is available to make it easy for families to get an idea of what their new subsidy might be under the new child care package.

Click here for more information.


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