Child Care Package for families

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The Child Care Package includes the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and the Child Care Safety Net. CCS is paid directly to services.

Please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) for up to date information on COVID-19 for early childhood education and care providers and services.

Emergency and natural disaster assistance is available for affected families and providers.

You will need to submit a new claim for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) if you have only recently started using child care or if you claimed child care fee assistance as a lump sum in 2018-19 and wish to receive the Child Care Subsidy in 2019-20.

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.

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  |  Last modified: 20 July 2020

    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

    Created: 6 February 2019  |  Last modified: 12 February 2020

    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. Additional information about the Child Care Subsidy activity test

    Created: 8 March 2019  |  Last modified: 14 February 2020

    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...

  4. Child Care in Australia report for September quarter 2018

    Created: 29 March 2019

    Child Care in Australia report for September quarter 2018

  5. Child Care Package brochure

    Created: 15 July 2019  |  Last modified: 17 July 2020

    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: 25 August 2020

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

  7. Child Care Package Poster

    Created: 17 October 2019  |  Last modified: 16 July 2020

    Child Care Package Poster

  8. Child Care Safety Net

    Created: 2 December 2015  |  Last modified: 19 February 2020

    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...

  9. Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Data Software Task Card

    Created: 18 May 2018  |  Last modified: 15 April 2020

    Provides a description of data items and their applications within the Child Care Subsidy System.

  10. Child Care Subsidy activity test

    Created: 24 May 2018  |  Last modified: 20 March 2020

    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...

  11. Child Care Subsidy Approval- software and activation codes task card

    Created: 20 April 2018  |  Last modified: 24 February 2020

    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...

  12. Child Care Subsidy Assessment Tips

    Created: 8 June 2018  |  Last modified: 12 February 2020

    Child Care Subsidy Assessment Tips

  13. Child Care Subsidy rates from 13 July 2020

    Created: 19 June 2019  |  Last modified: 5 June 2020

    This fact sheet outlines adjustments to Child Care Subsidy rates that take effect on 13 July 2020.

  14. Child Care Subsidy Withholding

    Created: 24 May 2018  |  Last modified: 11 February 2020

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

  15. Child Care Subsidy- change of circumstance

    Created: 24 May 2018  |  Last modified: 12 February 2020

    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...

  16. Child Care Subsidy- Shared Care

    Created: 24 May 2018  |  Last modified: 16 March 2020

    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...

  17. Emergencies and natural disaster

    Created: 24 December 2018  |  Last modified: 16 March 2020

    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...

  18. Evidence Requirements- ACCS (child wellbeing) for children known to child protection

    Created: 6 November 2019  |  Last modified: 19 March 2020

    Information for state and territory child protection agencies on the application process for Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) including the eligiblity and...

  19. Exemptions to the Child Care Subsidy activity test

    Created: 28 February 2019  |  Last modified: 11 February 2020

    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,...

  20. Family Management Plan Template

    Created: 18 December 2019  |  Last modified: 13 May 2020

    Family management plan for use by IHC Support Agencies

  21. Immunisation

    Created: 24 May 2018  |  Last modified: 11 February 2020

    Key Information about Child Care Subsidy immunisation requirements.

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

    Created: 24 July 2019  |  Last modified: 7 February 2020

    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...

  23. Payment to provider or parent?

    Created: 26 April 2019  |  Last modified: 25 February 2020

    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...

  24. 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.

  25. Preschool exemption to the Child Care Subsidy activity test

    Created: 26 June 2018  |  Last modified: 11 February 2020

    Activity test preschool exemption

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