How does Child Care Subsidy work?

The Australian Government offers financial help with child care costs through the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) program. This subsidy is typically paid directly to childcare centres approved by the government. These centres then reduce your child care fees by the amount of the subsidy.

Family eligibility and entitlement

Families must meet eligibility criteria to get CCS. The amount of CCS a family can get depends on their circumstances.

Services Australia looks at:

  • a family’s income
  • how many children a family has in care
  • the age of the children in care
  • a family’s activity level
  • the type of care a family uses.

Want to estimate your CCS? Use our CCS calculator!

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Parent/Guardian registered for Child Care Subsidy

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