The new Child Care Subsidy
There are also changes to the annual cap which will make child care more affordable for most families.
Three things determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy:
- A family’s annual adjusted taxable income determines the percentage of subsidy they are eligible for
- An activity test determines how many hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight, and
- The type of child care service determines the hourly rate cap.
More information about individual subsidy rates and annual cap changes is available in the New Child Care Package brochure.
Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy for a child. These include:
- the age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school)
- the child meeting immunisation requirements
- the individual, or their partner, meeting the residency requirements.
What you need to do
- Sign into your Centrelink online account through myGov
- Select Complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment task.
- Work through the steps to provide new information and confirm your current details.
Apply for the new Child Care Subsidy
If you have been receiving CCB or CCR and haven’t transitioned to the new subsidy yet, you must do so now by completing an online Child Care Subsidy assessment using your Centrelink online account through myGov.
Your information does not automatically rollover to the Child Care Subsidy and you may not receive any subsidy if your assessment is not completed.
Families who have yet to complete their Child Care Subsidy online assessment will have until 23 September 2018 to do so and subject to availability, your subsidy will be paid in arrears back to 2 July 2018.
Families that are not currently receiving child care fee assistance will need to make a Child Care Subsidy claim.
To apply for the Child Care Subsidy, you will need to provide details, including:
Login now to complete your online form now through myGov.Payment and Services Finder.
Lump sum payments
2017-18 was the last year you could claim child care payments as a lump sum. If you have claimed this way previously, you will need to complete a new Child Care Subsidy claim using your Centrelink online account through myGov. You should claim as soon as possible as Centrelink can only backdate claims for the new subsidy for up to 28 days.
Step 2. Link myGov to Centrelink. You can do this under Services.
Step 3. Select Centrelink and complete the Child Care Subsidy Assessment.
The Child Care Safety Net
The Package includes a $1.2 billion Safety Net to give the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, as well as those from regional and remote communities, a strong start through access to quality early learning and child care.
Estimate what your new Child Care Subsidy might be, go to the Payment and Services Finder.
More information about child care can be found on the Department of Education and Training website.