Additional Child Care Subsidy

Who can get the Temporary Financial Hardship subsidy

You need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy Temporary Financial Hardship.

You must:

  • be eligible for Child Care Subsidy
  • 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

Temporary financial hardship events

Temporary financial hardship may occur if you or your partner have:

  • lost your job, other than if you resigned or retired
  • suffered 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 from:

  • the death of a partner or child
  • loss of child support due to the death of a paying parent
  • having to leave your home and not being able to return because of an extreme circumstance such as from being affected by family and domestic violence
  • being affected by family and domestic violence, and the family member responsible leaves, or is removed from the home

You can nominate more than 1 event if they have occurred within the last 6 months.

We don’t consider the following events for this subsidy:

  • expenses such as routine home repairs or maintenance
  • non-essential expenses, or
  • increases in child care fees
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Page last updated: 5 December 2018