The Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) provides extra help with fees to families facing barriers to child care. ACCS will usually cover all of a child’s child care fees.
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There are four categories of funding:
- child wellbeing is for families who need practical help to support their child’s safety and wellbeing
- grandparent is for grandparents on income support, who are the primary carer of their grandchild
- temporary financial hardship is for families experiencing significant financial stress
- transition to work is for parents or carers transitioning to work from income support.
To get ACCS, a family must:
- be eligible for Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
- meet other criteria depending on the category.
Families can apply for CCS and ACCS at the same time.
Families can apply for the following subsidies through Centrelink:
- temporary financial hardship
- transition to work.
Providers apply for the child wellbeing subsidy on behalf of families.
The amount of ACCS a family can get depends on the category they’re eligible for.
ACCS is paid to providers to pass on to families as a fee reduction.