Additional Child Care Subsidy

Gives some families extra assistance with the cost of approved child care.

Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) will start on 2 July 2018. You can still claim and receive current child care fee assistance for child care accessed before 2 July 2018.

Who can get it

To be eligible for ACCS, you must also meet the eligibility requirements for Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

There are 3 different types of ACCS:

You can only receive 1 type of ACCS at a time. If you meet the criteria for more than 1 type, we’ll pay you the most beneficial for your circumstances.

ACCS (Grandparent)

Gives eligible grandparents and great grandparents extra assistance with child care costs.

Who can get ACCS (Grandparent)

To be eligible you or your partner must:

  • be eligible for CCS
  • receive an income support payment
  • be the grandparent or great-grandparent of the child
  • have 65% or more care of the child, and
  • be responsible for the day to day decisions about the child’s care, welfare and development

If you have 65% or more care of the child but don’t receive an income support payment, you won’t be eligible for ACCS (Grandparent). However, you may still be eligible for Child Care Subsidy.

A grandparent is someone who is a child’s biological grandparent or great grandparent. You’re also considered a child’s grandparent or great grandparent if you’re related to the child through:

  • adoption
  • step parent relationships, including former partners of the biological parent or grandparent
  • artificial conception
  • de facto relationships, or
  • surrogacy arrangements

What evidence you need to give us

When you apply for ACCS (Grandparent) you’ll need to give us evidence to show:

  • your or your partner’s relationship to your grandchild
  • your percentage of care, and
  • you have responsibility for the day to day decisions about the child’s care, welfare and development

How much you can get

You’ll be able to access 100 hours of subsidised care for your grandchild each fortnight. We’ll pay the lower of:

  • 100% of the fee charged where it’s equal to or below the hourly rate cap, or
  • up to 120% of the hourly rate cap where the fee charged is above the hourly rate cap

ACCS (Temporary Financial Hardship)

Gives short term assistance with the cost of child care to families experiencing significant financial stress due to circumstances beyond their control.

Who can get ACCS (Temporary Financial Hardship)

To be eligible you must:

  • be eligible for CCS
  • have experienced temporary financial hardship due to an event that happened in the last 6 months, and
  • have a substantially reduced ability to pay child care fees

Which circumstances count for ACCS (Temporary Financial Hardship)

You may be experiencing temporary financial hardship if you or your partner have:

  • lost your job, other than if you resigned or retired
  • had a loss of income or a business failure due to circumstances outside of your control, such as serious illness
  • been adversely affected by a major disaster event
  • had your home destroyed or severely damaged

You may also be experiencing temporary financial hardship if you:

  • have experienced the death of a partner or child
  • have experienced the death of an ex-partner who has been paying financial support
  • are affected by family and domestic violence

We would not consider the following for this subsidy:

  • expenses such as routine home repairs or maintenance
  • expenses that could have been postponed or aren’t essential
  • increases in child care fees

What evidence you need to give us

You’ll need to give us evidence when you apply for this subsidy. This includes proof that:

  • the event happened within the last 6 months, and
  • this resulted in a substantial reduction in your ability to pay child care fees

How much you can get

We’ll only pay this subsidy for a maximum of 13 weeks per event.

You’ll be able to access 100 hours of care a fortnight. We’ll pay the lower of:

  • 100% of the fee charges where it’s equal to or below the hourly rate cap, or
  • up to 120% of the hourly rate cap, where the fee charged is above the hourly rate cap

ACCS (Transition to Work)

Gives extra help for child care costs to families transitioning to work from income support payments by engaging in:

  • work
  • study, or
  • training activities

Who can get ACCS (Transition to Work)

To be eligible you must:

  • be eligible for CCS
  • have a family income of less than $65,710
  • have an active Job Plan, unless you receive Austudy or ABSTUDY
  • meet the ACCS (Transition to Work) activity requirements, and
  • have not exceeded the relevant activity time limit 

You must also be receiving:

What counts as an ACCS (Transition to Work) activity

Studying, looking for a job, working or training all count as activities.

Studying

To meet the study requirements you must be:

  • doing at least 1 approved course of education or study
  • making satisfactory progress to complete the course

The length of time you can receive this subsidy depends on your level of study and any prior Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance.

If you’re studying a: you can receive this for up to:
Secondary course 104 weeks for full time study or
208 weeks for part time study
Preparatory course 104 weeks for full time study or
208 weeks for part time study
Certificate II to an Advanced Diploma 104 weeks for full time study or
208 weeks for part time study
for each level of the Australian Qualifications Framework
Bachelor Degree 156 weeks for full time study or
312 weeks for part time study
Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma 104 weeks for full time study or
208 weeks for part time study

You’ll receive this subsidy during study breaks throughout your course but not after the end of it.

Looking for a job

To meet job search requirements you must be actively looking for work which includes activities such as:

  • looking for job vacancies
  • preparing resumes and job applications
  • contacting potential employers
  • preparing for and attending job interviews

A time limit of 26 weeks applies for a job search activity. You don’t have to use this all at once. You can use a number of shorter time periods until you’ve used the full 26 weeks.

Once you reach 26 weeks, you won’t be able to use job search as an activity to apply for ACCS (Transition to Work) again.

Working

To meet the work requirements you must be:

  • doing paid work
  • doing unpaid work including work experience or an internship, or
  • actively setting up a business

A time limit of 26 weeks applies for a work related activity. You don’t have to use this all at once. You can use a number of shorter time periods until you’ve used the full 26 weeks.

Once you reach 26 weeks, you won’t be able to use work as an activity to apply for ACCS (Transition to Work) again.

Training

To meet the training requirements you must be doing:

  • a vocational training course, or
  • another program which will improve your job prospects, such as government funded rehabilitation programs

If you’re training, the length of time you can receive this subsidy depends on the type of training.  

If you’re doing a: you can receive this for up to:
Vocational training course 52 weeks for full time or
104 weeks part time
Program to improve your job prospects 52 weeks full time

How we count multiple activities

If you’re doing 2 or more activities that meet the ACCS (Transition to Work) activity requirements, you can choose which activity you want to receive it for.

If you give us details of more than 1 activity, we’ll use the activity that gives you the longest amount of time.

What evidence you need to give us

You’ll need to give us evidence when you apply for this subsidy. This may include proof of your:

  • job search activities
  • employment
  • registration in a course of education, training or other program

How much you can get

We’ll subsidise 95% of the actual fee charged or 95% of the CCS hourly rate cap whichever is lower.

The number of hours we’ll subsidise each fortnight depends on the level of recognised activity that you and your partner do.

Page last updated: 13 February 2018