Child Care Subsidy

How to claim Child Care Subsidy

What you need to do to claim Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

You should prepare for these changes by creating a myGov account and linking your Centrelink online account. Read more about myGov and how to create a myGov account.

Before you start

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

We’ll pay CCS directly to your child care provider to reduce the fees you have to pay.

If you currently receive assistance with child care fees

If you already get child care fee assistance for approved care we’ll write to you from April 2018 to let you know what you need to do.

You’ll need to provide extra information for us to assess you for CCS. Learn more about what you need to do to get CCS if you currently get a child care payment.

For help, use our online guide to Complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment with your Centrelink online account.

If you want to claim assistance with child care fees

If you need assistance with child care fees now, you can claim Child Care Benefit (CCB). When you claim online we’ll ask you some extra questions in your CCB claim so we can assess you for CCS. If you’re eligible for both payments, you’ll receive CCB until 1 July 2018 and CCS from 2 July 2018.

If you don’t need assistance with child care fees until 2 July 2018, you can claim CCS using your Centrelink online account through myGov. If you’re eligible, we’ll start subsidising your child care fees from 2 July 2018.

For help, use our online guide to Claim Child Care Subsidy with your Centrelink online account.

Page last updated: 12 May 2018