Child Care Subsidy

Changes for Centre Owners and Parents

Australia has a new child care package, including the new Child Care Subsidy. The subsidy replaces the previous Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate and is paid directly to services. 

These pages contain information for families and providers about the package, as well as the previous arrangements. 

You can find out more by visiting the Child Care Subsidy web page

ACA have been instrumental in assisting Centres in the move to the new system and continue to offer support and advocate for centres with transitional issues.

New Child Care Subsidy Calculator

Families can now make use of our Child Care Subsidy Calculator - a quick and easy alternative to Centrelink's Payment and Service Finder - to estimate their level of fortnightly support and their out-of-pocket “gap” fee under the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

The calculator asks families a set of questions about their circumstances, including their shared income and estimated hours of work/study along with the "hourly rate" of their particular early learning service, to provide an estimate of their fortnightly Child Care Subsidy.

When looking at the CCS estimate the calculator produces, please bear in mind that 5 per cent (5%) of your weekly Child Care Subsidy entitlement will be withheld until the end-of-year reconciliation.