Our centres are registered with the Commonwealth Government for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Families can access fee assistance from the Government towards the cost of fees.
The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a payment made by the Australian Government to help families with the cost of quality child care and early education. This is paid directly to our centres to reduce your weekly fees.
Three things will determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy:
- A family’s combined income will determine the percentage of subsidy they are eligible to receive.
- An activity test will determine how many hours of subsidised care families
- Can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight.
- The type of childcare service will determine the hourly rate cap.
Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). These include:
- The age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school).
- The child meets immunisation requirements.
- The individual, or their partner, meets the residency requirements.
The number of hours of subsidised child care that families will have access to per fortnight will be determined by a three-step activity test. In two parent families both parents, unless exempt, must meet the activity test.
In the case where both parents meet different steps of the activity test, the parent with the lowest entitlement will determine the hours of subsidised care for the child.
Low income families on $66,958 or less a year who do not meet the activity test will be able to access 24 hours of subsided care per child per fortnight without having to meet the activity test, as part of the Child Care Safety Net.
You can read more about the Child Care Subsidy and Activity Test, and can complete an online estimator at www.education.gov.au/ChildCarePackage