You may be exempt from the Child Care Subsidy activity levels. If you are, you can access 100 hours of subsidised care per child per fortnight.

You may be exempt if you meet 1 of the following, you:

  • are temporarily outside Australia for up to a maximum of 6 weeks
  • have disability or impairment that impacts your ability to work
  • are getting Carer Payment
  • provide constant care for a child or adult with disability or medical condition
  • are in prison or psychiatric confinement.

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. This applies even if 1 of you has an exemption.

Grandparents

You’ll be exempt if you or your partner are the principal carer of a grandchild or great grandchild. The exemption will only apply to that child. This means you can get 100 hours of subsidised care per fortnight for your grandchild or great-grandchild. You won’t be exempt for any other children you have in your care. The hours of subsidised care you can access for them will depend on your activity level.

Exceptional circumstances

You may be exempt if you’re facing circumstances that impact your ability to do recognised activities or care for your child.

For example, you may be exempt if you’re:

We assess all exceptional circumstances on a case by case basis. Please call the Families line to discuss your circumstances.

Example of working out activity level when 1 person is exempt and their partner isn’t

Julia gets Carer Payment. This means she’s exempt from the activity test and can access 100 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight. Julia’s husband, Thomas, doesn’t have an exemption. He works for 15 hours a fortnight. This means he can access 36 hours of subsidised child care.

We use the person with the lower activity level to work out the hours of subsidised care they’re entitled to. This means Julia and Thomas can access 36 hours of subsidised child care per child per fortnight.

This information was printed Friday 24 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy/how-much-you-can-get/your-activity-level-affects-it/exemptions It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 13 March 2019