Child Care Subsidy - combined annual family income

Combined annual family income is one of the three factors that determines the amount of Child Care Subsidy a family is entitled to.

Under the Child Care Subsidy, the percentage of subsidy a family is entitled to is based on their combined annual income, with more financial support available to lower income families.

This table shows the percentage of child care fees or the relevant hourly rate cap (whichever is lower) the Government will contribute based on a family's combined income:

Combined family income^ Subsidy rate*
Up to $66,958 85%
Over $66,958  to under $171,958 Gradually reducing to 50%
$171,958  to under $251,248 50%
$251,248  to under $341,248 Gradually reducing to 20%
$341,248  to under $351,248 20%
$351,248  or more 0%

^ These amounts are correct for 2018-19 and may be subject to adjustment through indexation in subsequent years.

Use the Child Care Subsidy Estimator to find out what your family may be entitled to.

Child Care Subsidy annual cap

Families earning $186,958 or less per year will not be subject to a cap on the amount of Child Care Subsidy they can access. Families earning over $186,958 and under $351,248 will still have an annual cap which will increase to $10,190 per year per child.

Other factors

The other two factors that will determine a family's level of Child Care Subsidy are:


A range of information resources are available to assist families and providers.