The government childcare subsidy (CCS), what you need to know

The cost of child care is different for every family. It depends the age of your child, number of days in child care as well as your eligibility for Child Care Subsidy (CCS). We recommend contacting one of our centres where one of our team members can discuss the daily fees with you.

Your childcare subsidy will be calculated using three components

1. Your CCS percentage, based on your total family income.

2. Hours of care, based on the activity of the least active family member

3.Hourly rate, determined by the benchmark fee set by the government or centre hourly fee (whichever one is lower)

Total family income

Your Child Care Subsidy percentage is calculated based on your total family income. The following table shows the percentage of the Government will contribute, based on a family’s total income.

Family income

Child Care Subsidy percentage

$0 to $69,390
85%
More than $69,390 to below $174,390
Between 85% and 50% The percentage goes down by 1% for every $3,000 of income your family earns
$174,390 to below $253,680
50%
$253,680 to below $343,680
Between 50% and 20% The percentage goes down by 1% for every $3,000 of income your family earns
$343,680 to below $353,680
20%
$353,680 or more
0%

* The amounts are correct from July 2020 and may be adjusted in subsequent years.

What counts as activity?

Recognised activities can include any of the following:

  • paid work including being self employed
  • paid or unpaid leave, including paid or unpaid parental or maternity leave
  • unpaid work in a family business
  • unpaid work experience or unpaid internship
  • actively setting up a business.

They can also include any of these:

  • doing an approved course of education or study
  • doing training to improve work skills or employment prospects
  • actively looking for work
  • volunteering
  • other activities on a case by case basis.

What is an hourly fee?

The hourly fee refers to the amount your child-care charges you for each hour of care. The number of hours in a session may not be the number of hours your child actually attends. Contact us today to discuss the number of hours in a session at Little Kingdom Childcare.

Your Child Care Subsidy percentage will apply to the lowest of either benchmark fee set by the government or the centre hourly fee

Type of childcare

Hourly rate cap

Centre Based Day Care – long day care and occasional care
$12.20
Family Day Care
$11.30
Outside School Hours Care – before, after and vacation care
$10.67
In Home Care
$33.17, per family

* The amounts are correct from July 2020 and may be adjusted in subsequent years.

How can I apply for Child Care Subsidy?

To apply or find out more about what you’re entitled to visit the government website at the link below.

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