New Childcare Subsidy
The New Child Care Subsidy (CCS): What you need to know
From 2 July 2018, the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will come into effect, replacing the current Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR). The new system is a means and activity tested subsidy designed to make it easier for families to access childcare.
How the new subsidy works
The main components of the new CCS are based on activity, family income and type of childcare service and will affect the percentage you are eligible to receive.
The activity test, determines how many hours of childcare per fortnight you will receive subsidy for. Both parents are required to work, study or volunteer for a minimum of 8 hours per fortnight.
Your family’s combined income will calculate the CCS percentage you’re entitled to. It’s based on a grading system, with more financial support available to lower income families.
How to estimate your CCS: online calculator
To determine what your CCS might be, you can use the Governments online calculator
What you need to do
To receive subsidy payments, you need to register for CCS through your MyGov account and provide Centrelink with:
- Your projected family income for the 2018/2019 financial year
- Your activity levels
- The name of the childcare centre your child is currently/will be enrolled at.
You’ll then receive confirmation from Centrelink informing you of your new CCS percentage and hours of subsidy.
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