What you need to do to get Child Care Subsidy if you currently get a child care payment

From 2 July 2018, Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) will replace the existing child care payments we offer.

This means the current child care payments will stop.

To get CCS you will need to give us extra information using your Centrelink online account through myGov. If you don’t have a myGov account, you can create one and link your Centrelink online account to it. You need to do this if you want us to assess you for child care fee assistance from 2 July 2018.

If you receive Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate fortnightly or quarterly

If you currently receive Child Care Benefit (CCB) or Child Care Rebate (CCR) fortnightly or quarterly, we’ll write to you in April 2018 to ask you for extra information. We’ll use this information to assess you for CCS. You may need to provide:

  • an estimate of your family income for 2018-19
  • you and your partner’s activity level
  • school status of your child
  • confirmation of your child’s enrolment details

You may also need to provide us with additional information, such as:

  • your and your partner’s Tax File Number (TFN)
  • evidence to support your claim

If you claim Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate as a lump sum after the end of the financial year

The 2017-18 financial year is the last year you can claim child care payments as a lump sum. You can still claim Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) as a lump sum for approved child care you use before 2 July 2018. You’ll need to claim by 30 June 2019.

If you claimed CCB or CCR as a lump sum for the 2015-16 or 2016-17 financial year, we’ll write to you in April 2018 to invite you to submit a claim for CCS. You should apply as soon as possible as we’ll only be able to backdate CCS for up to 28 days.

If you receive Jobs Education Training Child Care Fee Assistance

If you currently receive Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance, you may be eligible for ACCS (Transition to Work). This subsidy provides extra assistance with child care costs for families transitioning to work from income support payments by engaging in:

  • work
  • study, or
  • training activities

What you need to do

To be eligible for ACCS (Transition to Work) you must first be eligible for CCS. We’ll write to you in April 2018 to ask you for some extra information. We’ll use this to assess you for CCS. You may need to provide:

  • an estimate of your family income for 2018-19
  • you and your partner’s activity level
  • school status of your child
  • confirmation of your child’s enrolment details

You may need to provide us with additional information, such as:

  • your and your partner’s Tax File Number (TFN)
  • evidence to support your claim

You can apply for ACCS (Transition to Work) from 4 June 2018.

If you receive Special Child Care Benefit for temporary financial hardship

If you currently receive Special Child Care Benefit (SCCB), you may be eligible for ACCS (Temporary Financial Hardship). This subsidy provides up to 13 weeks of additional assistance to families needing extra support with their child care fees. You can apply for this from 2 July 2018.

What you need to do

We’ll write to you in April 2018 to ask you for some extra information. We’ll use this to assess you for CCS. You may need to provide:

  • an estimate of your family income for 2018-19
  • you and your partner’s activity level
  • school status of your child
  • confirmation of your child’s enrolment details

You may need to provide us with additional information, such as:

  • you and your partner’s Tax File Number (TFN)
  • evidence to support your claim

You can apply for ACCS (Temporary Financial Hardship) from 2 July 2018.

If you receive Grandparent Child Care Benefit

If you currently receive Grandparent Child Care Benefit, you may be eligible for ACCS (Grandparent). This subsidy gives eligible grandparents or great-grandparents extra assistance with the cost of child care.

What you need to do

We’ll write to you in February and April 2018 to give you more information about the changes. In April, we’ll ask you for extra information to assess your eligibility for CCS and ACCS (Grandparent). You may need to provide:

  • your family income
  • you and your partner’s activity level
  • school status of your child
  • your child care enrolment details

You’ll also need to provide evidence about:

  • your relationship to your grandchild
  • that you have 65% or more care of your grandchild
  • that you’re responsible for the day to day decisions for the care, welfare and development of your grandchild

You may need to provide us with additional information, such as:

  • your and your partner’s Tax File Number (TFN)
  • evidence to support your claim

If you receive Child Care Benefit for registered care

If you currently receive Child Care Benefit (CCB) for registered care, you can continue to use your current child care arrangements. However, from 2 July 2018 we’ll no longer subsidise registered care.

You can still claim CCB for registered care used before 2 July 2018. You can do this as long as you lodge your claim within 12 months of the care being provided.

You may be eligible for CCS if your child attends an approved child care service. To find an approved child care service, go to the Australian Government's mychild website.

Page last updated: 13 February 2018