Child Care Package – for families

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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 Department of Human Services Payment and Service Finder.

Assistance in finding suitable child care

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

Compliance

Changes to the Family Assistance Law to reduce serious non-compliance and potential fraud in the Family Day Care sector.

Resources

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

Resources

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

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  1. Absences from child care

    Created: 24 May 2018

    Information on absences for eligible families who are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year under the Child Care Subsidy.

  2. Activity Test irregular hours- Fact Sheet

    Created: 6 February 2019

    Key Information on the activity test which ensures that subsidised child care is available to support families who rely on child care to work, train, study, volunteer or do...

  3. Activity test preschool exemption

    Created: 26 June 2018  |  Last modified: 20 February 2019

    Activity test preschool exemption

  4. Additional information about the Child Care Subsidy activity test

    Created: 8 March 2019

    Additional information about the Child Care Subsidy activity test which ensures that subsidised child care is available to support families who rely on child care to work, train...

  5. Child Care Package brochure

    Created: 15 July 2019

    Key information of the child care package, including details about the Child Care Subsidy and the Child Care Safety Net.

  6. Child care package overview

    Created: 2 December 2015  |  Last modified: 10 July 2019

    Key information of the new child care package, including details about the Child Care Subsidy, the Child Care Safety Net and the implementation timeframe.

  7. Child Care Safety Net

    Created: 2 December 2015  |  Last modified: 23 August 2017

    Information on the Child Care Safety Net, a key element of the new child care package, including the Additional Child Care Subsidy, Community Child Care Fund and the Inclusion...

  8. Child Care Subsidy Activity Test

    Created: 24 May 2018

    Key Information on the activity test which ensures that subsidised child care is available to support families who rely on child care to work, train, study, volunteer or do...

  9. Child Care Subsidy Approval- Software and Activation Codes Task Card

    Created: 20 April 2018  |  Last modified: 12 August 2019

    Explains how to obtain your child care software activation code which is required to connect your child care software to the Child Care Subsidy System. Can also be used if the...

  10. Child Care Subsidy Assessment Tips

    Created: 8 June 2018

    Child Care Subsidy Assessment Tips

  11. Child Care Subsidy rates

    Created: 24 May 2018  |  Last modified: 2 January 2019

    Information on how much Child Care Subsidy a family will receive.

  12. Child Care Subsidy rates from 1 July 2019

    Created: 19 June 2019  |  Last modified: 2 July 2019

    This fact sheet outlines adjustments to Child Care Subsidy rates that take effect on 1 July 2019.

  13. Child Care Subsidy Withholding

    Created: 24 May 2018  |  Last modified: 25 October 2018

    Information on the five per cent of Child Care Subsidy which will be withheld to reduce the likelihood that individuals will incur a debt.

  14. Child Care Subsidy- change of circumstance

    Created: 24 May 2018

    Information for families in relation to any change in their circumstances that will potentially affect their eligibility or entitlement to Child Care Subsidy or Additional Child...

  15. Child Care Subsidy- Shared Care

    Created: 24 May 2018

    Information on shared care which occurs when a child is considered a dependent child of two or more individuals  and the affect on their eligibility and entitlement to Child...

  16. Emergencies and natural disaster – Fact Sheet

    Created: 24 December 2018  |  Last modified: 11 February 2019

    Information for early learning and child care services about what assistance is available to families and providers in various types of potential emergencies, like bushfires or...

  17. Enrolment confirmation processes during transition to Child Care Subsidy

    Created: 17 April 2018

    Enrolment confirmation processes during transition to Child Care Subsidy

  18. Exemptions to the Child Care Subsidy activity test

    Created: 28 February 2019

    Key information on the exemptions to the activity test which ensures that subsidised child care is available to support families who rely on child care to work, train, study,...

  19. Immunisation

    Created: 24 May 2018

    Key Information about Child Care Subsidy immunisation requirements.

  20. Information for child care providers when a period of local emergency occurs

    Created: 24 July 2019

    This fact sheet provides general information to assist child care providers to meet their obligations regarding reporting of children’s absences from sessions of care during a...

  21. Payment to Provider or Parent?- Factsheet

    Created: 26 April 2019

    In some circumstances, depending on the sequence in which parents claim subsidy and their eligibility and entitlement is assessed, and providers enrol children and submit...

  22. Power Point presentation from the Provider/Service Information Sessions March 2018

    Created: 2 May 2018

    This presentation now reflects figures indexed by the Consumer Price Index and the policy change of withholding decreasing to 5 per cent, all effective 2 July 2018.

  23. Receiving an ACCS (child wellbeing) referral

    Created: 27 March 2019

    This fact sheet provides information on what providers need do when they receive an  ACCS (child wellbeing) referral.

  24. Voluntary work and the Child Care Subsidy activity test

    Created: 22 January 2019

    Key Information on the activity test which ensures that subsidised child care is available to support families who rely on child care to work, train, study, volunteer or do...

  25. What are the ACCS (transition to work) lifetime limits

    Created: 27 March 2019

    This fact sheet provides information on ACCS (transition to work) lifetime limits and how families can access the subsidy.

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