Families that received Child Care Subsidy (CCS) for the 2018-19 financial year are required to confirm their income for this period with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and Services Australia.
If you do not confirm your income by Wednesday 31 March 2021, your CCS will reduce to 0% and you will pay full fees when you access child care.
If you confirm your income after Wednesday 31 March, we can start your CCS again. However, if there’s a gap between your CCS stopping and starting again, you’ll miss out on CCS for that gap period.
The deadline for confirming your income was extended from 30 June 2020 to 31 March 2021 because of COVID-19.
How to confirm your income:
- Lodge your tax return with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO); which can be completed via your myGov account.
- Inform Services Australia that you don’t need to lodge one and confirm your income online. This can be achieved using your Centrelink online account or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
Please note: you do not need to call the ATO or the YMCA to confirm your income.
If you have a partner, they need to do this as well. If you separated during the 2018/2019 financial year, Services Australia still needs information relating to your ex-partner's income.
To check if you need to lodge a return, use the ‘DO I NEED TO LODGE A TAX RETURN?’ tool on the ATO website.
When you lodge your tax return, the ATO will send Services Australia your income information. This usually occurs within 28 days from when you get your Notice of Assessment.
Even if you’ve told the ATO that you don’t need to lodge a tax return, Services Australia still needs to be informed.
Confirm your income for the year by logging into your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
Visit the Services Australia website for further details about your CCS entitlements.