Additional Child Care Subsidy

The Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) provides extra help with the cost of early childhood education and care to families facing difficult or challenging circumstances. ACCS will usually cover all of a child’s early childhood education and care fees.

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To get ACCS, a family must:

There are 4 ACCS categories. The amount of ACCS a family can get depends on the category they’re eligible for.

ACCS is paid to providers to pass on to families as a fee reduction.

Child wellbeing

The child wellbeing subsidy is for families who need practical help to support their child’s safety and wellbeing. 

Providers apply for the child wellbeing subsidy on behalf of families. Families cannot apply. 

Find out more about the child wellbeing subsidy


The grandparent subsidy is for grandparents on income support, who are the primary carer of their grandchild. 

Families apply for the grandparent subsidy.  

Find out more about the grandparent subsidy

Temporary financial hardship

The temporary financial hardship subsidy is for families experiencing temporary, significant financial stress. 

Families apply for the temporary financial hardship subsidy.

Find out more about the temporary financial hardship subsidy

Transition to work

The transition to work subsidy is for parents or carers transitioning to work from income support. 

Families apply for the transition to work subsidy.  

Find out more about the transition to work subsidy