Additional Child Care Subsidy

Who can get ACCS Temporary Financial Hardship

You need to be eligible for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and meet some extra criteria to be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (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

What we’ll consider for ACCS Temporary Financial Hardship

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

  • lost your job, other than if you resigned or retired
  • 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
  • the death of an ex-partner who has been paying financial support
  • having to leave your home and not being able to return because of an extreme circumstance
  • being affected by family and domestic violence

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

  • expenses such as routine home repairs or maintenance
  • non-essential expenses
  • increases in child care fees

Page last updated: 12 May 2018