Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent) provides ongoing increased child care fee assistance to grandparents on income support who are the principal carers of their grandchildren. A grandparent or a great-grandparent includes a natural, adoptive or step-grandparent (or great-grandparent) of the grandchild, or the grandparent’s (or great-grandparent’s) current or former partner.
Information for families
Grandparent carers need to apply directly to Centrelink for Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent).
Providers are not directly involved in the application process but may wish to encourage families whose circumstances may make them eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent) to enquire with Centrelink.
Providers will be notified if the Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent) payment is approved for a child enrolled in their service.
To be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent), an individual must:
- meet the eligibility requirements for Child Care Subsidy
- be the grandparent or great-grandparent of the child or children
- be the principal carer of their grandchild or grandchildren, providing all or at least 65 per cent of ongoing daily care, and have substantial autonomy for day-to-day decisions about the child’s care, welfare and development (the grandparent does not have to have formal guardianship of the child)
- receive a social security pension or benefit from the Department of Human Services or a service pension or income support supplement from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Grandparents will be required to provide evidence of their grandparent relationship and principal care arrangements, such as:
- a child protection order made under the state or territory care and protection laws
- a parenting order or consent order made under the Family Law Act 1975
- birth and marriage certificates to prove relationship
- third-party evidence such as a letter from child’s school, general practitioner or other third party (who has regular interactions with the family and can independently verify the circumstances) that supports the principal care arrangements
- a statutory declaration confirming the relationship or principal care arrangements.