Child Care Package – for families


On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy replaced the previous child care fee assistance payments (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate). Child Care Subsidy will generally be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce the fees you pay. 

If you were receiving child care fee assistance before 2 July 2018 and haven’t transitioned to the Child Care Subsidy yet, you will need to submit a new Child Care Subsidy claim if you wish to receive child care fee assistance.

You will need to submit a new claim for Child Care Subsidy if you have only recently started using child care or if you claimed child care fee assistance as a lump sum in 2017-18 and wish to receive the new Child Care Subsidy in 2018-19.

You can submit a new Child Care Subsidy claim using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

Estimating Child Care Subsidy

You can get an estimate of what your family may be entitled to by entering your details into the Services Australia Payment and Service Finder.

Assistance in finding suitable child care

The Child Care Finder website can assist families in finding suitable child care.


A range of information resources are available to assist families in understanding the details of the new package.


The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Child Care Package – for families.

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Round 2 - Open Competitive Grant Opportunity

News | 8 March 2019

The application period for round two of the CCCF is open and will close at 11:00 pm AEDST 5 April 2019. This funding will help child care services in many disadvantaged regional and remote areas to improve access to early learning opportunities for families in their local communities....

Outcomes of the Community Child Care Round announced

News | 23 April 2018

The Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, today announced the outcomes for the Community Child Care Fund grant opportunities, which will make grant funding available to successful child care services from July 2018.