Activity level and subsidised care

Your activity level affects your subsidised care for Child Care Subsidy.

We base your activity level on the hours of recognised activities you do.

We use your activity level to work out the number of hours of subsidised child care you can get each fortnight.

If you have a partner, we’ll look at both of your activity levels. We’ll use the lower of your or your partner’s activity level to work out your hours of subsidised care.

The hours of subsidised child care you can access per fortnight applies to each child.

Hours of recognised activities each fortnight Hours of subsidised care each fortnight
Less than 8 hours 0 hours if you earn above $68,163
24 hours if you earn $68,163 or below
More than 8 to 16 hours 36 hours
More than 16 to 48 hours 72 hours
More than 48 hours 100 hours

You can access up to 36 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight if your only activity is either:

  • volunteering
  • actively looking for work.

To access this amount you must spend a minimum of 8 hours each fortnight doing the activity.

Other activities

If you’re getting Carer Allowance you’ll be able to access 72 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight.

If you have mutual obligation requirements, you can access 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight. You must also be getting 1 of these payments:

If you have a partner, we’ll look at both of your activity levels. We’ll use the lower of your or your partner’s activity level to work out your subsidised hours. This applies even if 1 of you has an exemption.

Example of when we’ll use the lower activity level

John and Charlie have 2 children that attend child care. John gets Carer Allowance which means he can access 72 hours of subsidised child care each fortnight. Charlie does 15 hours of paid work each fortnight. This means she can access 36 hours of subsidised child care each fortnight.

We use the person with the lower activity level to work out the hours of subsidised care they’re entitled to. This means John and Charlie can access 36 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight for each of their children.

Multiple activities

If you do more than 1 recognised activity, you can combine the hours you spend doing each activity. This may increase the hours of subsidised care you’re entitled to.

Example of combining hours

Oliver is a single parent working 40 hours a fortnight. He spends another 10 hours a fortnight doing unpaid work in his family’s business. Oliver can combine the hours he spends each fortnight doing these 2 different recognised activities.

Oliver does 50 hours of recognised activity per fortnight. This means he can access up to 100 hours of subsidised child care for each child per fortnight.

Page last updated: 2 July 2019

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