We Are Here to Help You with Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

The government Child Care Subsidy (CCS) aims to make early learning more affordable; however, we understand it’s not always easy to navigate.

Our goal is for our families to have all the tools and information (including eligibility for CCS and solutions to other challenging issues) at their disposal to feel confident in their children’s journey through early childhood education.

FAQ: Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

Here are the answers to the most common questions about who is eligible for CCS, how to calculate CCS subsidy and more.

You may be eligible for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) if you meet a number of factors.

This will depend on three factors:​

  • How much ‘work related’ activity (see education.gov.au) you and your partner undertake each fortnight. The entitlement is based on the lesser activity figure for a member of a couple.
  • Your total combined family income.
  • The amount of early education childcare undertaken.

What Type of Activity Ensures Your Eligibility for CCS?

Below are types of activity that are approved on the Government Activity Test:

  • Paid work, including leave
  • Volunteering
  • Studying (approved course)
  • Self-employed work
  • Working for free (in the family business)
  • Actively job seeking
  • Time taken to travel between the child care service and your place of work, training, study, or other approved activity will also be included.

How Do I Apply for CCS?

To apply for CCS, you are required to set up a MyGov account, which is linked to Centrelink. It is best to do this when you have decided to enrol your little one into care so that it’s set up and ready for your child’s first day.

This process may take between four and six weeks, so do not wait until you have decided on a centre as, if your Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is not set up when you begin care, you may be paying full fees until it’s all complete.

Check out the video to see how to apply for the CCS online. You can then track the progress of your claim online every step of the way.

Need help setting up a MyGov account? Click here to watch a video, or read more online at Services Australia.

Kindergarten Approved Care

Kindergarten aged children are entitled to 36 hours to attend a kindergarten program in an approved long day care service.

No activity test requirements.

Hours of Fortnight Activity = Hours of Subsidised Care