Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

To get Child Care Subsidy (CCS) you must:

  • care for a child 13 or younger who's not attending secondary school, unless an exemption applies

  • use an approved child care service

  • be responsible for paying the child care fees

  • meet residency and immunisation requirements.

Read the full conditions under who can get it.

Note: CCS replaced Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate when they stopped on 1 July 2018.

Who can get it

You may be eligible if you or your partner meet all of the following:

  • care for your child at least 2 nights per fortnight, or have 14% care

  • are liable for fees for care provided at an approved child care service

  • meet the residency rules.

Your child must also meet both of these:

Each person that’s liable to pay child care fees will need to apply for this subsidy and meet these criteria.


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How much you can get


The amount of Child Care Subsidy you can get depends on your circumstances.

Use our Payment and Service Finder to estimate how much Child Care Subsidy (CCS) you may get.

To work out how much CCS you’re eligible for we’ll look at all of the following:

The amount of subsidised child care you can access per fortnight applies to each child.

If you have a CCS overpayment, we may use some of your CCS each fortnight to pay this back. The easiest way to repay money is by using the Money you owe service. This is available in either your Centrelink online account through myGov or your Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. Read more about the steps you can take if you’re ready to start repaying the money you owe.

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) - more than one child

The government is making changes to the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and will soon pay a higher subsidy to families with more than one child in care and remove the annual cap for all families who get CCS.

Note: From 7 March 2022, families with more than one child aged 5 or under in care will get a higher subsidy for their second child and younger children. Families already getting CCS don’t need to do anything. Services Australia will automatically increase the CCS for eligible second and younger children.

CCS fortnights

A CCS fortnight is a 2-week period that starts every second Monday. The first CCS fortnight for the 2021–22 financial year started on Monday 12 July 2021.

Generally, we calculate CCS at the start of a CCS fortnight. This amount continues for the whole fortnight regardless of any change of circumstance.

This means that if an eldest eligible child turns 6 partway through a CCS fortnight, younger children will keep the higher subsidy for the whole CCS fortnight.