Child Care Benefit

What you need to do to get it if you currently get a child care payment

From 2 July 2018, Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) will replace the existing child care payments we offer.

This means the current child care payments will stop.

To get CCS you will need to give us extra information using your Centrelink online account through myGov. If you don’t have a myGov account, you can create one and link Centrelink. You need to do this if you want us to assess you for child care fee assistance from 2 July 2018.

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

You need to complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment online so we can check your eligibility and entitlement to CCS. We’ll write to you about this if you receive:

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.

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 Number (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 after the end of the financial year

The 2017-18 financial year is the last year you can claim child care payments as a lump sum. You can still claim Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) as a lump sum for approved child care you use before 2 July 2018. You’ll need to claim by 30 June 2019.

If you claimed CCB or CCR as a lump sum for the 2015-16 or 2016-17 financial year, we’ll write to you in April 2018 to invite you to submit a claim for CCS. You should apply as soon as possible using your Centrelink online account through myGov as we’ll only be able to backdate CCS for up to 28 days.

If you receive Grandparent Child Care Benefit

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

What you need to do

You need to complete your CCS assessment so we can check your eligibility and entitlement to CCS. We’ll ask you extra questions to check if you’re eligible for ACCS (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 receive Jobs Education Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance

If you currently receive (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance, you may be eligible for ACCS (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

What you need to do

You need to complete your CCS assessment so we can check your eligibility and entitlement to CCS.

To be eligible for ACCS (Transition to work) you must first be eligible for CCS. We won't automatically check your eligibility for ACCS. You need to apply for this extra assistance from 4 June 2018.

If you receive Special Child Care Benefit

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

What you need to do

You need to complete your CCS assessment so we can check your eligibility and entitlement to CCS.

To be eligible for ACCS (Temporary Financial Hardship) you must first be eligible for CCS. We won't automatically check your eligibility for ACCS. You need to apply for the subsidy from 2 July 2018.

If you receive Child Care Benefit for registered care

From 2 July 2018 we’ll no longer subsidise registered care. If you currently receive 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 to which you were entitled.

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

Page last updated: 12 May 2018