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Find out what your new child care subsidy will be here

Nearly one million families will benefit under our child care changes

The Liberal Government’s early education and care overhaul kicks in from 2 July and the changes will help tackle cost and deliver greater flexibility and accessibility.

  • We’re scrapping the rebate cap for families earning up to around $186,000

  • We’re re-targeting subsidies to families earning the least and to families working the most

  • Our new hourly fee cap will help put downward pressure on those fee increases

Our overhaul includes an extra $2.5 billion investment with nearly one million families set to benefit.

what you need to do now 

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  1. Sign into your Centrelink online account through myGov

  2. Select Complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment task

  3. Work through the steps to provide new information and confirm your current details

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Our family is set to save between $5,500 and $6,500 on just one of our children.
— Jenny, Clarkson
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New Child Care Package

Find out more about the New Child Care Package, providing more support for more families:

Transitioning to the new Child Care Subsidy

From 2 July 2018, one new Child Care Subsidy will replace the two current child care payments.

This transition cannot happen automatically.

To transition, you will need to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment using your Centrelink online account through myGov. You should do this as soon as possible.

You will be asked to provide some new information and confirm your current details, including:

  1. Combined family income

  2. Activity level of parents

  3. Type of child care service

If families do not complete their assessment before 2 July 2018, they may not receive any child care fee assistance.

Child Care Subsidy

The Package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to services.

There are also changes to the annual cap which will make child care more affordable for most families.

Three things will determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy:

  • A family’s annual adjusted taxable income will determine the percentage of subsidy they are eligible for

  • An activity test will determine how many hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight, and

  • The type of child care service will determine the hourly rate cap.

More information about individual subsidy rates and annual cap changes is available in the New Child Care Package brochure.

Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy for a child. These include:

  • the age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school)

  • the child meeting immunisation requirements

  • the individual, or their partner, meeting the residency requirements.

Using myGov

Step 1. Sign in to your myGov account. If you don’t have one, you will need to create a myGov account.

Step 2. Link myGov to Centrelink. You can do this under Services.

Step 3. Select Centrelink and complete the Child Care Subsidy Assessment.

The Child Care Safety Net

The Package includes a $1.2 billion Safety Net to give the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, as well as those from regional and remote communities, a strong start through access to quality early learning and child care.

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