Child Care Subsidy

What you need to do if you got a child care payment before 2 July 2018

On 2 July 2018, Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy replaced the previous child care payments we offered.

If you have not completed your Child Care Subsidy assessment or lodged a new claim, you need to do it now. Your previous child care payments have stopped and you may be paying full fees.

If you got child care fee assistance for approved child care

You must complete your assessment now so we can check your eligibility and entitlement.

You would have received a letter from us about this if you used to get:

Complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment

You need to sign into your Centrelink online account through myGov as soon as possible. Select the Complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment task. Work through the steps to give us new information and confirm your current details.

For help, use our online guide to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment.

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
  • confirmation of your child’s enrolment details
  • the school level of your child

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.

You may also need to provide us with some more details, such as:

  • your and your partner’s Tax File Numbers (TFN)
  • other evidence as required

If you usually claim Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate as a lump sum

The 2017– 18 financial year is the last year you can claim child care payments as a lump sum for. You can still claim these payments as a lump sum for approved child care you used before 2 July 2018. You’ll need to claim by 30 June 2019 for approved care. For registered care, you must claim within 12 months of the care being provided.

If you want to continue getting child care fee assistance, you need to submit a claim for Child Care Subsidy. If eligible, we’ll pay it directly to your child care provider to reduce the fees you pay.

You need to claim now. We’ll only be able to backdate Child Care Subsidy for up to 28 days. You can claim using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

If you got Grandparent Child Care Benefit

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

You need to complete your assessment now so we can check your eligibility and entitlement to Child Care Subsidy. We’ll ask you extra questions to check if you’re eligible for this additional subsidy.

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 got Jobs Education Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance

If you got JET Child Care Fee Assistance, you may be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (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

You need to complete your assessment now so we can check your eligibility and entitlement to Child Care Subsidy.

To be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Transition to Work) you must first be eligible for Child Care Subsidy. We won't automatically check your eligibility for this additional subsidy. 

Once we’ve approved your claim for Child Care Subsidy, you can apply for this additional subsidy. You can do this using your Centrelink online account via myGov.

If you got Special Child Care Benefit

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

You need to complete your assessment now so we can check your eligibility and entitlement to Child Care Subsidy.

To be eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (Temporary Financial Hardship) you must first be eligible for Child Care Subsidy. We won't automatically check your eligibility for this additional subsidy. 

Once we’ve approved your claim for Child Care Subsidy, you can apply for this additional subsidy. You can do this using your Centrelink online account via myGov.

If you get Special Child Care Benefit for another reason, speak to your child care provider about Additional Child Care Subsidy (Child Wellbeing).

If you got Child Care Benefit for registered care

We no longer subsidise registered care. If you got Child Care Benefit (CCB) for registered care, you can keep using your child care provider. However, you won’t be eligible for Child Care 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 you were entitled to throughout the 2017-18 financial year.

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

Page last updated: 1 August 2018