ACCS grandparents

This subsidy gives grandparents who are the primary carer of their grandchild extra help with the cost of child care.

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Who can get ACCS (grandparent)?

ACCS (grandparent) is available to grandparents who:

  • are eligible for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) - (they can apply for both at the same time)
  • get an income support payment
  • are the grandparent of the child
  • have at least 65% care of the child, and
  • make the day-to-day decisions about the child’s care, welfare and development.

A grandparent is a child’s biological grandparent or great grandparent. This also includes if you’re related to the child through:

  • adoption
  • step parents, including former step parents
  • artificial conception
  • de facto relationships, or
  • surrogacy arrangements.

Grandparents who are not eligible for ACCS (grandparent) may still be eligible to receive CCS based on their income and hours of recognised activity.

What do grandparents get?

Eligible grandparents won’t have to meet the activity test requirements. This means they can access up to 100 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight.

They’ll receive the lower of either:

  • 100% of the fee charged where it’s equal to or below the hourly rate cap, or
  • up to 120% of the hourly rate cap where the fee charged is above the hourly rate cap.

The subsidy is paid directly to approved providers.

No time limit applies to how long a grandparent can get this subsidy, as long as they stay eligible.

Grandparents must tell Services Australia if their circumstances change.

How do grandparents apply?

Grandparents apply for ACCS (grandparent) using their Centrelink online account through myGov or through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app or by visiting a Centrelink office and apply in person Grandparents will need supporting documents when applying.

More information

More information for grandparents is available on the Services Australia website.