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Fees & Subsidies
How it all works
Flexible schedules to increase your subsidy

To support you cover the costs of childcare, we offer flexible options so families can choose the hours that best suit their needs. With flexible options, you can increase your access to subsidised hours, and you are not restricted to start and finish times. 

Choose a 9-hr, 10-hr or full day option and make the most of the Child Care Subsidy.

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Understanding the Childcare Subsidy

Am I eligible for the Child Care Subsidy?

The Australian Government's Child Care Subsidy (CCS) scheme offers eligible families support with the cost of childcare.


To be eligible for the childcare subsidy, you need to:

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

  • use an approved childcare service

  • be responsible for paying the childcare fees

  • meet residency and immunisation requirements

How much subsidy can I receive?

The amount of subsidy you may be eligible for will depend on your individual circumstances and is largely based on these 3 factors:

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The Child Care Subsidy percentage you’re entitled to depends on your family’s income. Remember, you will need to contact Centrelink when your combined income increases or decreases – this can be done at any time through your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

The Government works out your CCS percentage using your family income estimate. Your CCS percentage is the amount of subsidy you're entitled to. It will apply to either your hourly fee or the relevant hourly rate cap, whichever is lower.

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Activity refers to paid and unpaid activities your family is involved in. It's a measure of your contribution to society and the economy so the higher your activity levels, the more subsidy you're entitled to. The activity level is calculated from the parent with the lowest number of hours of activity per fortnight.

There are 4 activity levels:

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You can access up to 36 hours of subsidised childcare per fortnight if your only activity is either:

  • volunteering

  • actively looking for work

To access this amount, you must spend a minimum of 8 hours each fortnight doing the activity.

What counts as an activity?

  • Paid work 

  • All types of work across all jobs/employers

  • Authorised leave (e.g. maternity leave, long service leave, annual leave)

  • Unpaid leave of up to 6 months

  • Unpaid work in a family business

  • Time spent setting up a business that has not yet started to operate

  • Training and study (including additional study outside scheduled hours, holiday and non-class periods)

  • Work experience/internships (paid or unpaid)

  • Volunteering

  • Looking for work (including contacting employers, preparing resumes and letters of application, preparing for and attending job interviews etc.)


The third factor taken into consideration when calculating your subsidy entitlement is the hourly rate charged by your childcare provider. CCS is calculated according to whichever is the lowest:

  • The centre’s actual hourly fee (which is the daily fee divided by hours of operation), or

  • The Hourly Rate Cap of $12.74 per hour

Need more information about CCS? 


Contact us - we can help you better understand your CCS entitlement, visit the Government website or contact your  Centrelink case manager. 

If you have more than one child

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.

Who will be eligible?

Families may be eligible if they:

  • earn less than $356,756

  • have more than one child aged 5 or under in child care

Who gets the higher subsidy?

The Government will work out which children get the higher subsidy by:

  • assessing all children in the family unit

  • identifying the standard rate child, and

  • identifying the higher rate children

The standard rate child will get the standard CCS subsidy. Younger children will get a higher subsidy.

The standard rate child is usually the eldest child in the family unit. However, it could be another child depending on when children were enrolled in care.

Need more information about the subsidy for families with more than one child in care?

Visit the Government website

What's included in fees?

  • Childcare

  • Educational resources, including toys and learning materials

  • Nappies

  • Meals & Snacks

  • Incursions

  • Daily reports through Kinderloop

  • School Orientation Program

  • Graduation Ceremony & Program 

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