As of July 2, the Federal Government introduced its new Child Care Subsidy (CCS). This new subsidy replaced the existing Child Care Rebate (CCR) and Child Care Benefit (CCB).
The CCS helps eligible families to access who use approved and registered child care, by subsidising some of the cost. This subsidy could be as high as 85% of the cost of child care.
Below is some information on the CCS and you can visit the Department of Human Services website for more information.
For instructions on how to confirm your child's enrolment details for Child Care Subsidy go to this Human Services page.
How is the CCS calculated?
The CCS is calculated by a number of factors such as:
- Activity Level (see graph 1)
The amount of recognised activities completed in a fortnight such as paid work, study, volunteering.
- Combined Family Income (see graph 2)
- Service Type and Hourly Rates
The type of service you are using such as long day care or outside school hours care.
Additional Child Care Subsidy
The Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) is in place to provide additional support with the cost of child care for eligible families. This payment replaces the Special Child Care Benefit (SCCB), Grandparents Child Care Benefits (GCCB), Benefit and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JET).
Why is there a 5% withholding on my payments?
Some families are unable to estimate their income accurately ahead of time, so Centrelink withhold 5% of your CCS each fortnight to reduce the likelihood of overpayment.
This means if you overestimated your family income and didn’t receive enough CCS, the outstanding amount will be paid directly to you. This will include the 5% payment withheld over the year.
If you underestimated your annual family income you may have a debt which you’ll need to pay back. The 5% amount withheld will be used to reduce the debt.
Graph 1: Hours of Activity
Graph 2: Combined Family Income