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 get 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.
Subsidised hours per fortnight
This will list any children you have completed an assessment or made a claim for.
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).
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.
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
We’ll reassess you if you give us new information.
Read more about changes of circumstances.