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An individual’s eligibility for Child Care Subsidy

For Child Care Subsidy or Additional Child Care Subsidy to be paid for a session of care provided for a child, that child and their parent/s or carers (the 'individual') must meet certain eligibility requirements.

Age requirements for the child

Children must:

  • be aged 13 years or under
  • not attend high school (secondary school).

Providers can provide care for children who do not meet these conditions but should be aware that Child Care Subsidy (or Additional Child Care Subsidy) will not be payable.

However, some older children with disability and children attending secondary school at a young age may be eligible on a case-by-case basis if they have a legitimate need to access subsided care and cannot be left unsupervised:

  • children aged 13 and under who are attending secondary school, including children with disability
  • children with disability aged 14 to 15 years, and
  • children with disability aged 16, 17 or 18 years in exceptional circumstances.

Centrelink will consider the parent’s eligibility in respect of these children based on information and evidence provided by the parent at claim or when updating their circumstances.

Immunisation requirements for the child

To be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy a child must also meet immunisation requirements.

The Australian Government considers that immunisation is an important health measure for children and their families, as it is the safest and most effective way of providing protection against harmful and often deadly diseases. To meet the Child Care Subsidy immunisation requirements, children must be immunised according to the standard vaccination schedule, be on an eligible catch-up vaccination schedule, or have an approved exemption from the immunisation requirements.

There is a short immunisation grace period, which provides some flexibility for families to meet the vaccination requirements where they may have missed or forgotten a scheduled vaccination.

Residency requirements for the parent (individual/claimant)

To receive Child Care Subsidy, the claimant or their partner must be Australian residents as defined under the Social Security Act 1991, or be eligible non-residents.

Information for families

For more information about the immunisation and residency requirements for Child Care Subsidy, a family should contact Centrelink (www.centrelink.gov.au).