Child Care Subsidy

How to understand your assessment

Information to help you understand your Child Care Subsidy assessment notice.

To get Child Care Subsidy (CCS) from 2 July 2018, you need to:

  • complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment if you currently get a child care payment for approved care, or
  • make a claim for Child Care Subsidy

Read more about what you need to do to claim Child Care Subsidy.

Getting your assessment notice

When we’ve finalised your assessment or claim, we’ll send you a notice to let you know the outcome. If you get your letters online, we’ll send it to your myGov Inbox.

We’ll tell you:

  • if you’re eligible, and
  • the child care fee assistance you’ll get

Understanding your assessment notice

The Child Care Subsidy summary table tells you about the child care fee assistance you’re able to get.

Child Name Subsidy Type Subsidy Percentage Subsidised hours per fortnight Annual Cap Withholdings

Child name

This will list any children you have completed an assessment or made a claim for.

Subsidy type

This tells you what you’re eligible for.

If you’re eligible for CCS, you may also be able to apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS).

Read more about Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy.

Subsidy percentage

This is your CCS percentage. We work it out based on your family income estimate for the 2018-19 financial year.

Your CCS percentage will apply to the lowest of either the:

  • hourly fee you’re charged by your child care service, or
  • hourly rate cap

If your subsidy percentage is zero, your family income estimate was $351,248 or more. If this applies to you, it’s still important you did your claim or assessment. We’ll balance your payments after the end of the financial year. If your actual family income ends up being less than $351,248, we’ll pay you the CCS you’re entitled to.

Remember, if you’re eligible for CCS but your percentage is zero, you may still be eligible for ACCS.

Read more about how your family income affects your CCS percentage.

Annual cap

This tells you if we’ll cap your CCS. This depends on your family income estimate. There is no annual cap on your subsidy if your family income estimate was $186,958 or less.

If your estimate was more than $186,958 and under $351,248, your annual cap is $10,190. This cap applies to each child in care for each financial year.

Read more about the annual cap.

Subsidised hours per fortnight

This is the number of hours of child care we’ll subsidise. We work this out based on your hours of activity per fortnight. If you have a partner, we use the lower of your two activity levels.

If your subsidised hours is zero, you told us you or your partner do less than 8 hours of activity.

You need to do at least 8 hours of activity per fortnight. Recognised activities include working, training, studying and volunteering. For example, 4 hours a week of any one of these activities will give you access to 18 hours of subsidised care a week.

Read more about how your activity level affects CCS.


We’ll withhold 5% of your CCS each fortnight to reduce the likelihood of an overpayment. An overpayment could result in a debt after the end of financial year when we balance your payments.

After 2 July, families will also have an option to increase or reduce their withholding.

Read more about withholding.

Updating your details

It’s important to make sure your details are correct so we can give you the right amount of subsidy.

You need to tell us if:

  • your circumstances change
  • any details you gave us in your assessment or claim change

The easiest way to update your details is with your Centrelink online account via myGov.

We’ll reassess you if you give us new information.

Read more about changes of circumstances.

Page last updated: 10 August 2018