Complete the following steps to apply for Child Care Subsidy. Before you start, check if you can get it.
Steps to claim Child Care Subsidy
1. Get ready to claim
The easiest way to claim is online.
To claim online, you need a myGov account linked to Centrelink.
If you don’t have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you’ll need to set them up.You may need to confirm your identity with us before you start your claim.
If you can’t claim online call us on the Families line.
2. Get your documents ready
You’ll need to get some supporting documents ready to help answer some of the questions in the claim.
3. Make your claim
- Sign in to myGov and go to Centrelink.
- Select Make a claim, then Start a new claim.
- Under Families, select Get started.
- Answer all the questions. Each screen has information to help you complete the claim. This includes how to submit your supporting documents.
- Submit your claim.
For help, use our online guide to claim Child Care Subsidy.
When you’re ready:Sign in to myGov
4. Track your claim
After you submit your claim online, you’ll get a receipt telling you:
- that you’ve successfully submitted your claim
- the ID number of your claim
- an estimated completion date
- a link to track its progress
If you completed your claim but the enrolment details were missing, you need to take action. Ask your provider to submit these details to us so you can confirm them.
We’ll also let you know the result of your claim. We’ll send an assessment notice to you by one of the following:
- myGov Inbox
- Centrelink online account
- Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
- mail, if you don’t get electronic letters
If we need more details we’ll ask you for them.
If you think we’ve made a mistake you can ask us to review our decision.
In this section
Setting up online accounts
To do your business with us, create a myGov account and link to Centrelink.
Confirm your identity
You may need to confirm your identity when you claim a payment or service.
When you claim, we’ll ask you for some documents to support your claim for a payment or service.
Before we can pay this subsidy, you need to confirm your child’s child care enrolment.
How to understand your assessment
Information to help you understand your Child Care Subsidy assessment notice.