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


From 2 July 2018, Australia will have a New Child Care Package. Under the new package, the Child Care Subsidy will replace the existing Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.

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

Services will have more flexibility and will be 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 will still be 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).

Webcast information session for child care service and providers on ACCS (child wellbeing) will be held on Friday 22 June 2018. For more information and to register, please visit the ACCS webcast information session.

Eligibility requirements for child care providers

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

Child Care Provider Handbook

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

New Child Care IT System

A new Child Care IT System is being developed to support the implementation of the New Child Care Package. This will replace the current Child Care Management System (CCMS).

Child Care Subsidy System (CCSS) Hot Topics

The Child Care Subsidy System Hot Topics includes details of ‘hot topics’ that are currently being dealt with by the CCS Helpdesk.  

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.

Care in the family home

A new care type is being developed, intended to replace the existing Nanny Pilot Programme and In Home Care.


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