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5 Additional Child Care Subsidy

Introduction to Additional Child Care Subsidy

Additional Child Care Subsidy provides additional fee assistance to support vulnerable or disadvantaged families and children. This support recognises the preventative and protective influence of quality child care on a child's health, wellbeing and development, and the importance of continuity of care.

There are four different payments under Additional Child Care Subsidy:

  1. Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) - to help children who are at risk of serious abuse or neglect
  2. Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent) - to help grandparents on income support who are the principal caregiver of their grandchildren
  3. Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship) - to help families experiencing financial hardship
  4. Additional Child Care Subsidy (transition to work) - to help low-income families transitioning from income support to work.

Each of these is described in more detail in the following sections.

The Child Care Subsidy eligibility requirements for an individual also apply to Additional Child Care Subsidy.

The provider’s role in Additional Child Care Subsidy

Providers are centrally involved in identifying children who require extra support through Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing).

Providers are not involved in making applications for the other types of Additional Child Care Subsidy, although they may wish to help families who they think may be eligible by encouraging them to contact Centrelink and apply for additional assistance. Providers will be advised of individuals using their service who are receiving these other payments. An overview of these types of Additional Child Care Subsidy is provided for providers' information, and to allow them to support families who may be eligible.