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 and Additional Child Care Subsidy will replace existing child care payments we offer.

If you need help transitioning to this new subsidy, use our online guide to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment.

If you currently get child care fee assistance for approved child care

You need to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment online so we can check your eligibility and entitlement:

Complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment

You need to sign into your Centrelink online account through myGov. Select Complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment task. Work through the steps to give us new information and confirm your current details.

For help, use our online guide to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment.

Provide the details we need

You’ll need to give us:

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

You may also need to provide us with some more details, such as:

  • your and your partner’s Tax File Numbers (TFN)
  • other evidence as required

The first year of recognised primary school may be different depending on the state or territory you live in. Read more about primary school levels for child care fee assistance.

If you claim Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate as a lump sum

The 2017– 18 financial year is the last year you can claim child care payments as a lump sum. You can still claim these payments as a lump sum for approved child care you use before 2 July 2018. You’ll need to claim by 30 June 2019 for approved care. For registered care, you must claim within 12 months of the care being provided.

If you want to continue getting child care fee assistance, you need to submit a claim for Child Care Subsidy. If eligible, we’ll pay it directly to your child care provider to reduce the fees you pay.

You should claim as soon as possible. We’ll only be able to backdate the new subsidy for up to 28 days. You can claim using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

If you get Grandparent Child Care Benefit

If you currently get Grandparent Child Care Benefit, you may be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Grandparent). This gives eligible grandparents or great-grandparents extra help with the cost of child care.

You need to complete your assessment so we can check your eligibility and entitlement for Child Care Subsidy. We’ll ask you extra questions to check if you’re eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Grandparent).

You’ll need to provide extra evidence:

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

If you get Jobs Education Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance

If you currently get JET Child Care Fee Assistance, you may be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Transition to Work). This gives extra assistance with child care costs for families transitioning to work from income support payments by engaging in:

  • work
  • study, or
  • training activities

You need to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment so we can check your eligibility and entitlement.

To be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Transition to Work) you must first be eligible for Child Care Subsidy. We won't automatically check your eligibility for this additional subsidy. You can apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Transition to Work) now.

If you get Special Child Care Benefit

If you get Special Child Care Benefit for temporary financial hardship, you may be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Temporary Financial Hardship). This gives up to 13 weeks of additional assistance to families needing extra support with their child care fees.

You need to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment so we can check your eligibility and entitlement.

To be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Temporary Financial Hardship) you must first be eligible for Child Care Subsidy. We won't automatically check your eligibility for this additional subsidy. You need to apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Temporary Financial Hardship) from 2 July 2018.

If you get Child Care Benefit for registered care

From 2 July 2018 we’ll no longer subsidise registered care. If you currently get Child Care Benefit (CCB) for registered care, you can keep using your child care provider. However, you won’t be eligible for the new subsidy.

You can still claim CCB for registered care used before 2 July 2018. You must lodge your claim within 12 months of the care being provided. If you don’t, we won’t be able to back pay you the CCB you were entitled to throughout the year.

You may be eligible for Child Care Subsidy if you use approved care. To find an approved child care service, go to the Australian Government's mychild website.

Page last updated: 22 June 2018