Child Care Subsidy

If you increase your child care hours

If you start using more child care, you may reach the annual Child Care Subsidy cap more quickly.

You don’t need to let us know if you start using more child care, or your days change. But if you start using more child care you should make sure your family’s income estimate and activity levels are correct.

If you increase your child care hours you may reach the annual cap more quickly.

It’s important you let us know when there’s a change to your family’s income. It’s even more important you check and update your estimate regularly if either:

It’s also important if you have a child in care for more than:

  • 33 hours per week for centre-based care
  • 36 hours per week for family day care
  • 38 hours per week for outside of school care
  • 15 hours per week for in-home care.

Read more about how your activity level affects Child Care Subsidy and how your income affects Child Care Subsidy.

What you need to do

Make sure your child care details are up to date.

You also need to let us know when there’s a change to your family income estimate or activity details.

You can update your estimate and activity level at any time using your Centrelink online account through myGov. You can also use the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. It only takes a few minutes to do and you can do it yourself online.

Page last updated: 6 February 2019