New Child Care Package for providers (from 2 July 2018)


Australia has a new child care package, including the new Child Care Subsidy. The subsidy replaces the previous Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate and is paid directly to services.

Please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) for up to date information on COVID-19 for early childhood education and care providers and services.

Emergency and natural disaster assistance is available for affected families and providers.

The Child Care Subsidy is supported by a Child Care Safety Net which aims to give the most vulnerable children a strong start, while supporting parents into work.

Services have more flexibility and are able to set their hours of operation based on the needs of their community, with no minimum hour per day or days per week requirements. Services are still required to operate for a minimum of 48 weeks per year (or 7 weeks per year if the service only provides outside school hours care).

Eligibility requirements for child care providers

Further detail on Eligibility requirements for child care providers is available.

Child Care Subsidy balancing – what you need to know

The Child Care Subsidy balancing process (also known as reconciliation) for the 2018–19 financial year is underway.

Child Care Provider Handbook

The Child Care Provider Handbook (the Handbook) is written for providers of early learning and child care.

The Child Care Subsidy System

The Child Care Subsidy System has replaced the Child Care Management System (CCMS).

Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy is the new way the Government will assist families with their child care fees.

Child Care Safety Net

The Child Care Safety Net includes additional assistance to services providing for the most vulnerable children.

In Home Care

In Home Care has been developed, and replaces the previous Nanny Pilot Programme and the previous In Home Care.


Changes to the Family Assistance Law to reduce serious non-compliance and potential fraud in the Family Day Care sector.


A range of information resources are available to assist families and providers understand the details of the new package.