Fee Structure

Child Care Subsidy Eligibility

Childcare subsidy calculator

As per the Department of Education Click Here some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy for a child.

These include:
• Child must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school
• The child meets all immunisation requirements
• The individual, or their partner, meets the residency requirements

In addition, to be eligible for Child Care Subsidy the individual must be liable to pay for care provided, the care must be delivered in Australia by an approved child care provider, and not be part of a compulsory education program.

How does CCS work?

There are three factors that will determine a family’s level of CCS. These are: combined family income, the activity test and the type of child care provider. Visit the Department of Education to determine what you are entitled to https://www.education.gov.au/child-care-subsidy-

1. Family Income

The percentage of subsidy a family is entitled to is based on their combined annual income, with financial support available to lower income families.

2. Activity Test

The number of hours of subsidised child care that families have access to per fortnight is determined by a three-step activity test. In two parent families both parents, unless exempt, must meet the activity test. In the case where both parents meet different steps of the activity test, the parent with the lowest entitlement determines the hours of subsidised care for the child.

Low income families with a combined annual income of $69,390 or less who do not meet and are not exempt from the activity test are entitled to 24 hours of subsidised care per fortnight under the Child Care Safety Net.

Type of Service

The maximum hourly rate the Government will subsidise is based on the type of childcare service. Please discuss with our Centre Director what your hourly cap rate will be.

No Jab, No Pay

Your child must meet immunisation requirements to get Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy and the full rate of FTB Part A. Under the No Jab, No Pay measure, parents who do not fully immunise their children up to 19 years of age will no longer be eligible for family assistance payments, with exemptions for children with medical contraindications or natural immunity for certain diseases and those on a recognised catch-up schedule. More information about the No Jab No Pay measure is available at https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/no-jab-no-pay-fsheet.pdf

If your family is eligible for the childcare subsidy then you need to apply through Centrelink for this payment and this money will be deducted from your fees. This means you only need to pay the ‘gap’ amount. The amount will vary depending on how you are assessed by Centrelink.

Please contact our Centre Director if you have any fee queries and we can discuss your individual circumstances with you and provide a fee estimate based on your information.