From 10 July 2023, if your family earns under $530,000, you could get an increased Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Families earning up to $80,000 could get an increased maximum CCS payment, from 85% to 90%. This means cheaper child care is available for eligible families.
If you earn over $80,000 you may get a child care subsidy starting from 90%. This will go down by 1% for each $5,000 of income your family earns. If you have more than one child aged 5 or under, you can still get a higher rate for one or more of your children. The low income limit for Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) Transition to Work will also increase to $80,000. If you already get CCS, you don’t need to do anything to get the increase rate as the new changes will be applied to your CCS automatically.
The Australian government provides assistance to help families with the cost of approved childcare. The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is paid directly to Camp Australia to reduce the fees you pay before you are billed. The amount you get depends on your family’s income, the type of childcare you use and the hours you and your partner work, and other recognised activities that improve your skills.
You should apply for CCS payment as soon as possible as new claims can only be backdated for a maximum of 28 days. 1. Register for a MyGov account 2. Complete your Child Care Subsidy application through your MyGov account 3. Confirm activity hours 4. Create your bookings with Camp Australia 5. Ensure you have provided Camp Australia with individual date of births and CRNs (Customer Reference Number) for all children and the parent claiming the Subsidy 6. When prompted by the government, log into your MyGov account and confirm the enrolments for OSHC (Outside School Hours Care)
The percentage of CCS payment you’re entitled to depends on your family’s income. The following classifies as recognised activity: Paid work (including annual leave and parental leave), Self-employment, Business start-up, Doing unpaid work in the family business, Enrolled in approved study or training course, Actively seeking work, Recognised volunteering, Other activities on a case-by-case basis. Need to check your eligibility for CCS payment? Use the Starting Blocks CCS Calculator via the link below.
Additional Child Care Subsidy is extra support for some families. This includes grandparents and great grandparents, families moving from an income support payment to work and those experiencing temporary financial hardship. You can claim these subsidies through your Centrelink online account through MyGov. Additional Child Care Subsidy may also be paid in circumstances where a child is at risk, of serious abuse or neglect. To discuss further please contact us on 1300 105 343 for a confidential conversation with a member of our Specialist Team.