Making the Most of The Child Care Subsidy

For eligible families, the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) reduces out of pocket expenses for child care. That means children can spend more time in quality care, giving them the best possible start to life.

Your CCS rate is a percentage, based on a number of factors, including your family’s income, the age of your child, and the paid and unpaid activities, like your job or volunteer work, your family is involved in.

For FY23/24 a range of changes have been put in place which means that some families could be eligible to receive a subsidy for the first time, including those who already have a child in care. Some families could also receive a higher CCS rate.

What are the changes?

  • The family income threshold has been increased, from $356,756 to $530,000, making subsidised childcare available to more families. 
  • Families earning up to $80,000 a year will get a maximum CCS rate of 90%, up from 85%, increasing how much of the cost of childcare can be subsidised.  
  • If you have a combined income estimate below $362,408 and more than one child aged 5 or under, you can still get a higher rate for one or more of your children.

The below table can help to simplify and breakdown the changes coming for CCS and what it means for your family.

FY22/23 FY23/24
Income cap $356,756 $530,000
Low-income threshold:
maximum CCS:

What does that mean for my family?

Once you have decided which Centre you want to enrol at, apply for your CCS as soon as possible so there aren’t delays in getting your subsidy.

The increased CCS makes quality care and education for your child more accessible. You can use our simple CCS calculator as a starting point which is based on the new CCS entitlements so you know what your out-of-pocket expenses are likely to be and then apply for the CCS via Services Australia.

CCS Made Simple

The best way to learn more about the CCS and how we support your child to grow and thrive, is to come into the Centre and speak to our experts. The team can share with you our guides which we’ve put together to make navigating CCS easier, they can show you around the Centre and introduce you to the team who will be looking after your child.

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