How to make a claim to Centrelink for Child Care Subsidy

Make a claim to Centrelink regarding CCS assessment for your family:

  1. Your projected family income for FY18/19
  2. Your activity levels
  3. The name of the child care centre your child will enrol at
  1. Percentage
  2. Hours of subsidy

What you need to know

Combined family income

Your family’s combined income will calculate the CCS percentage you’re entitled to.
Remember, you will need to contact Centrelink when your combined income increases or decreases.

Family income




$66,958 – $171, 958

Subsidy reduces 1% for every $3,000 over $66,958

$171,958 – $251,248


$251,248 – $341,248

Subsidy reduces 1% for every $3,000 over $251,248

$341,248 – $351,248




These tax brackets will be adjusted as per CPI every financial year.

Level of activity

CCS is linked to how much a family contributes to the Australian economy through activity. This activity level is calculated from the parent with the lowest number of hours of activity.

Hours of activity (per fortnight)

Maximum number of hours of subsidy (per fortnight)

8 hours to 16 hours

36 hours

16 hours to 48 hours

72 hours

More than 48 hours

100 hours

What counts as activity?

Under the new system, you will only be able to access the Child Care Subsidy if you are doing suitable activity and the amount of activity will then determine how many hours of Childcare Subsidy you are eligible for.

Activity counts as:

Concerned you won’t have enough activity?

There may be some families that lose the level of childcare funding support they have become used to as a result of the activity test. However, please note:


The new caps

The current cap of $7,500 per child has been updated depending on your family’s combined income.

Note: the government will be holding back 5% of CCS paid to families until reconciliation at the end of every financial year. This balance will be paid back to families in their tax return if they are eligible.