Additional Child Care Subsidy

How to apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy Grandparent

When you submit a claim for Child Care Subsidy, we’ll ask you some extra questions to check your eligibility for Additional Child Care Subsidy Grandparent.

Before you start

Check if you’re eligible for this subsidy before you start.

We pay this additional subsidy directly to your child care provider to reduce the fees you pay.

Start your application online

To apply online you need a myGov account with Centrelink linked.

I have a myGov account linked to Centrelink

Sign in to myGov to apply.

Sign in to myGov

I don’t have a Centrelink online account or a myGov account

If you’ve had a payment or service from us, you can use your Customer Reference Number (CRN). Find this on a letter we’ve sent you and register for a Centrelink online account.

If you don’t know your CRN or you haven't got a payment from us, go to a service centre. You’ll need to take your photo ID and tell us you want to register for a Centrelink online account.

You can then create a myGov account and select Services to link Centrelink.

Provide supporting documents

When you apply you’ll need to give us supporting evidence.

Your evidence needs to show:

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

You must provide any supporting evidence within 28 days of making the application.

You may be able to use one form of evidence to prove both grandparent relationship and principal care.

If you can’t provide the above evidence you should call the Families line to discuss your options.

Your or your partner’s relationship to your grandchild

Evidence to prove this may include:

  • a family law order or custody order
  • a parenting plan or order
  • birth certificates of the grandparent’s own children and their children
  • a combination of birth certificates and marriage certificates for step-grandparents
  • adoption papers to prove relationship
  • artificial conception or surrogacy documentation, where the child hasn’t been adopted

You don’t need to provide this evidence again if we already have it. For example, you may have done this as part of a Family Tax Benefit claim.

You make the day to day decisions about the child’s care, welfare and development

Evidence to prove this may include:

  • a family law order
  • a custody order
  • a parenting plan or order
  • a foster care placement
  • a court order, or
  • third party documentation such as a letter from school or General Practitioner

Submit your application

Online

If you're applying online, you can submit your application and most supporting documents electronically at the end of the process.

Read more about submitting your documents online.

Application outcome

We'll tell you if your application is successful. If you're eligible for this subsidy we'll tell you when your subsidy will start.

You always have the right to appeal any decision we make.

Read more about reviews and appeals.

Page last updated: 27 August 2018