What is the Child Care Subsidy?
The Child Care Subsidy is a government payment that reduces families out-of-pocket costs for childcare.
Each family’s Child Care Subsidy covers a percentage of their childcare centre’s daily fees.
This subsidy percentage is paid directly to childcare providers and then passed on to families as a fee reduction on their invoice. Families pay the gap fee between the daily fees charged and the subsidy amount.
Young Phoenix Academy is registered for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). If you’re new to childcare, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.
Factors that Determine Eligibility
- Combined Household Income
- The activity level of your family (e.g. hours of paid work, volunteering, studying, self-employed work, actively job seeking)
- The type of childcare service you are enrolled in (Young Phoenix Academy is an approved Centre Based Day Care Provider)
- The fees you pay for childcare (hourly rate caps apply for each type of service)
For more information, you can visit Services Australia.
Confirming Your Enrolment
Before the Child Care Subsidy can be paid, families must confirm their child’s enrolment details in the Centrelink App.
Before you confirm your child’s enrolment, please check that the fees and care sessions match your enrolment details.
Please note that the enrolment start date displayed on your Centrelink account is the date the enrolment was submitted to Centrelink. This is done to ensure that families receive their Child Care Subsidy from the child’s start date.
If the information or fees in the enrolment details don’t match your enrolment details, speak to our Centre Director and we will fix this for you.
Changes to the Child Care Subsidy
From 10 December 2021, families earning more than $190,015 per year will no longer be subject to the annual subsidy cap of $10,655 per child each financial year.
From 7 March 2022, families with children aged five or under in care will get a higher subsidy for their second child and younger children. Younger children will receive up to an additional 30 percent subsidy to a maximum of 95 percent. Families may be eligible if they earn less than $354,305 per year and have more than one child in care.
Families already getting CCS don’t need to do anything. Services Australia will automatically increase the CCS for eligible second and younger children.