Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator
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Your child care service may charge a daily rate for a session of care but the Child Care Subsidy is paid based on an hourly fee charged. The number of hours in a session of care is determined by individual services and can be for up to 10 to 12 hours of care. Contact your child care service to confirm the number of hours in the sessions they offer.
*Non-standard hours are for hours of care outside the normal 10 hour operating period as set by the child care service (e.g. 8am to 6pm) week days (Monday to Friday), and all weekends.
Outside School Hours Care includes Vacation Care.
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*Please note that this estimator does not support the complex calculations of one child in multiple care types as further considerations apply.
New package government assistance
Your Child Care Subsidy
Per fortnight
Current government assistance
Child Care Benefit & Rebate
Per fortnight
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This is an estimate only, and may not be a true reflection of your CCB/CCR circumstances. For a more accurate calculation, please visit Department of Human Services website.

Per fortnight* (pre-annual cap if applicable) Per year
Estimated government subsidy
Your Child Care Subsidy entitlement (where CCS rate=%)
Portion of Subsidy Paid to Provider
Amount paid directly to provider (90% of Total Government Subsidy)
Portion of Subsidy Withheld
Amount claimable on tax return* (10% of Total Government Subsidy)
Estimated upfront costs
What you pay during the year (Total fees charged – Portion of Subsidy paid to provider)
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs
Final balance you will have paid following end of year reconciliation (Upfront costs – portion withheld*)
Total fees charged
Per child breakdown
Child Care type Fortnightly hours Fortnightly Government subsidy Fortnightly withheld Amount* Estimated Out-of-Pocket Total upfront costs New Child Care Subsidy Total Annual Upfront Costs
Child Care type Fortnightly hours Total upfront costs Fortnightly Government subsidy Fortnightly Child Care Benefit and Rebate New Child Care Subsidy Annual Child Care Benefit and Rebate
*Withheld amounts will be recalculated based on the individual’s tax return.
When do these changes start?
On 2 July 2018, the Government is replacing the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) with a single means-tested subsidy, the Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
Do I have to do anything?
If you currently receive CCB, CCR or the Jobs, Education & Training Child Care Fee Assistance, we will contact you to let you know how the changes will affect you and what you need to do.
Where can I read more?
You can visit the Department of Education and Training website for more information about the new arrangements.
If your family does not meet the activity test, there will be an exemption to ensure your preschool aged child can attend a preschool program in a centre-based day care service. The exemption will be for the period of the preschool program. Further information will be available shortly on
Why is part of the subsidy withheld?
Your CCS will usually be paid directly to your service provider who will use it to reduce your fees. The Government will withhold 10 per cent of your Child Care Subsidy payment each week to help ensure that you do not incur a debt due to overpayment. Any amount owing will be paid to you as part of your tax return.
The Child Care Subsidy Estimator is designed to give you an idea of how much CCS you could receive. All figures are an estimate. For accurate estimates of your current CCB/ CCR entitlement, you can log on to My Gov website or Smartphone app, or use the estimator on the Department of Human Services website.

The Child Care Subsidy Estimator is designed to give you an idea of how much Child Care Subsidy (CCS) you could expect to receive when it commences on 2 July 2018. An estimate of current Government assistance of Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) is provided for comparison purposes only. The Current Government Assistance Rate may not equal the sum of the CCB and CCR rates, due to rounding of all rates.

The estimate will be based on the information you provide. If any information is incorrect, the estimate will also be incorrect.

The percentage of subsidy an individual will be entitled to will be based on the individual’s annual adjusted taxable income, factoring in any partner’s income.

The number of hours of subsidised care an individual will be entitled to will be determined by an activity test.

For an individual and any partner earning between $185,710 and $350,000, an annual subsidy cap of $10,000 per child will apply.

Please note that this Estimator does not support the complex calculations that might be required if a child attends multiple care types, as further considerations apply.

The income thresholds, the annual cap and the hourly rate caps will be increased by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for implementation in July 2018 (and annually thereafter). An estimate of CPI has been applied to the hourly rate for Child Care Benefit/ Child Care Rebate, to enable comparison with Child Care Subsidy rates as outlined in legislation.

The Child Care Rebate covers 50 per cent of out of pocket costs, to an annual limit of $7613, per child from 1 July 2017.

For a wide range of reasons the estimate generated by the Estimator may not be accurate in particular cases, for example, the Estimator does not take into account:

  • if you have exemptions to the activity test, or;
  • if you meet the eligibility requirements for the Child Care Subsidy, or;
  • if you are entitled to Additional Child Care Subsidy, or;
  • if you are in receipt of a Centrelink benefit.

If you have school aged children in Centre-based or Family Day Care, your CCB/CCR result from this estimator may not be accurate. For an accurate calculation of your CCB/CCR entitlement, please go to the DHS website.

These calculations are a guide only and are not a guarantee of payments. Whether or not you receive a payment of CCS will be determined wholly by provisions in the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999.

Any user of the Child Care Subsidy Estimator accepts the risk that it may not be accurate and accepts responsibility for any loss or damage incurred by reliance on it.

More information about the CCS is available on the Department of Education and Training website at

More information about the CCB and CCR is available at