Child Care Subsidy

The type of child care you use affects it

The amount of Child Care Subsidy you can get depends on the type of approved child care you use. It also depends on the age of your child.

Hourly rate cap

Your Child Care Subsidy percentage will apply to the lowest of either the:

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

There’s a different hourly rate cap depending on the type of approved child care you use.

Type of child care Hourly rate cap 
Centre Based Day Care – long day care and occasional care $11.77
Family Day Care $10.90
Outside School Hours Care – before, after and vacation care $10.29
In Home Care - per family $25.48

In some cases your child’s age will mean we use a different hourly rate cap.

Age of your child and the type of child care Hourly rate cap we'll apply
School aged and in Centre Based Day Care Outside School Hours Care
Below school age and in Outside School Hours Care Centre Based Day Care

A school aged child is a child who is either:

  • in school, including being home schooled
  • 6 or older

Read about the different recognised primary school levels for child care fee assistance based on your state.

Hourly fee

The hourly fee is the amount your child care service charges you for each hour of care. If your service charges a daily session rate, divide this by the number of hours in the session.

The number of hours in a session may not be the number of hours your child actually attends. Check with your child care service to find out the number of hours in a session.

Example of calculating the hourly fee for a daily session rate

Riley attends a Centre Based Day Care. They charge $100 per day based on a 10 hour session.

To work out the hourly fee divide the daily session rate by the number of hours in the session. This means the hourly fee is $10.

Page last updated: 5 October 2018