Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Making early learning more affordable.


What is the Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?

The new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) makes early childhood learning more affordable for many Australian families. The below guide should help you help break down how the benefit works for you and your family.

The subsidy is a replacement for the now discontinued Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR). It is administered through Centrelink and the Department of Human Services, and applies from July 2018.

Eligibility for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) depends on a number of factors, including;

  • How much "work related activity" you and your partner undertake each fortnight. The entitlement is based on the person who does the lower amount of activity
  • Your combined family income. The higher the income, the less subsidy you are entitled to generally
  • The type of early childhood education or child care undertaken.

Once you understand how the eligibility criteria effects your family, please check our CCS enrolment checklist. which will walk you though a step by step guide on what you need to do before enrolling your child in child care.

For more in depth information, on the rules and regulations around the administration of the CCS please visit the Department of Human Services' website.


CCS Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for the CCS depends on 3 main factors:

Work Related Activity

This is essentially the average number of hours per fortnight that you spend doing "work related" things. This includes travel time to and from your child care service.

Family Income

Centrelink will calculate your Child Care Subsidy percentage using your family income estimate for the financial year.

Type Of Child Care

Your Child Care Subsidy percentage depends on the type of approved child care you use. Kinder Kare being centre based care gives you the highest hourly subsidy rate after in home care (nanny).

Let's take a look at how the 3 eligibility criteria work further below. This will help you estimate how much of your care will be subsidised through CCS.

Highest NQF Ranked Family Owned & Run Child Care In The Local Area *

Number 1 Ranked Preschool Program In Local School Catchment Area

347 Graduates From Our Preschool Program Over 12 Years

* Kinder Kare is the highest ranked family owned & operated child care service in Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Glenfield, Minto and Denham Court according to National Quality Framework (NQF) ratings


Work Related Activity

This is essentially the average number of hours per fortnight that you spend doing "work related" things. The more hours you spend doing paid work, approved study or volunteering around the community, the more subsidy you are entitled to.

If you have a partner, Centrelink will use the lower of your or your partner’s activity level to work out how many hours of subsidised care you’re entitled to. The hours of subsidised child care you can access per fortnight applies to each child.

The table below gives you the relationship between the number of hours of work related activities per fortnight and the number of hours of subsidised care you are entitled to receive per fortnight.

Please note, the time taken to travel between the Child Care Service and your place of work, training, study or other approved activity should be included in your calculation of activity hours to accurately capture your genuine eligibility of CCS.

Work Related Activities Subsidised Child Care Hours
Less than 8 hours 0 hours
8 to 16 hours 36 hours
More than 16 to 48 hours 72 hours
More than 48 hours 100 hours

The above figures are all computed on a per fortnight basis.

Recognised Activities

Recognised "work related activities" can include:

  • paid work, including being self employed
  • paid or unpaid leave, including paid or unpaid parental or maternity leave
  • doing an approved course of education or study
  • doing training to improve work skills or employment prospects
  • unpaid work in a family business
  • actively looking for work
  • volunteering
  • unpaid work experience or unpaid internship
  • actively setting up a business

Some of these activities will only be recognised for a certain amount of time such as periods of unpaid leave for up to 6 months. Similarly for periods where you're setting up a new business.

Please note; you can access up to 36 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight if your only activity is:

  • volunteering, or
  • actively looking for work

Remember to include travel time between your place of work, training, study or other approved activity and the Child Care Service.

Level of Subsidy

The Hourly Cap


Family Income

Centrelink will calculate your Child Care Subsidy percentage using your family income estimate.

Your Child Care Subsidy percentage is the amount the government will subsidise of your child care costs. It will apply to either your hourly fee or the relevant hourly rate cap, whichever is lower.

Family Income Child Care Subsidy Percentage
$0 to $66,958 85%
More than $66,958 to below $171,958 Between 85% and 50%
The percentage goes down by 1% for every $3,000 of income your family earns
$171,958 to below $251,248 50%
$251,248 to below $341,248 Between 50% and 20%
The percentage goes down by 1% for every $3,000 of income your family earns
$341,248 to below $351,248 20%
$351,248 or more 0%

Annual Cap

If your family earns $186,958 or less, you won’t have an annual cap on your subsidy.

If your family earns more than $186,958 and under $351,248, your subsidy will be capped at $10,190 per child each financial year.

Please note that 5% of your subsidy amount will be quarantined by Centrelink in case your family income changes during the year. This amount will be paid out at the end of the financial year.


Type Of Child Care

Your Child Care Subsidy percentage will apply to the lowest of either the:

  • hourly fee you’re charged by your child care service, or
  • the hourly rate cap

There’s a different hourly rate cap depending on the type of approved child care you use.

Type Of Child Care Hourly Rate Cap
Centre Based Day Care – long day care and occasional care $11.77
Family Day Care $10.90
Outside School Hours Care – before, after and vacation care $10.29
In Home Care (per family) $25.48

In some cases your child’s age will mean Centrelink will use a different hourly rate cap.

If Your Child Is Hourly Rate Cap
School aged and in Centre Based Day Care - this applies to families enrolled in our Before and After School Care service Outside School Hours Care
Below school age and in Outside School Hours Care - this will apply to all our other services Centre Based Day Care

A school aged child is a child who is:

  • in school, including being home schooled, or
  • 6 or older

Hourly Fee

The hourly fee is the amount Kinder Kare charges for each hour of care. Kinder Kare operates on a 12 hour per day basis from 6:30AM to 6:30PM.

  • Anna E. Avatar
    Anna E.

    I don’t usually leave reviews but Kinderkare Macquarie Fields, their whole team is deserving of it. They have taken care of my son Jayron since... read more -

    Shazia N. Avatar
    Shazia N.

    Thanks to the owner and all staff members who really take care of me when I was on my workplacement as student. I spent most... read more -

    Dianna J. Avatar
    Dianna J.

    My daughter started here when she was five months and stayed up to nearly two years old. We were fortunate as first time parents that... read more -

  • Mathew B. Avatar
    Mathew B.

    My son has been attending Kinder Kare for about 3 years now and he absolutely loves it there. The teachers and staff are very friendly,... read more -

    Amber W. Avatar
    Amber W.

    You can’t fault this centre! The staff have been wonderful, the management team are beyond helpful and understanding and the centre itself is not only... read more -

    Mary H. Avatar
    Mary H.

    Enrolled my 2 year old just over 2 months ago, in the beginning she was sad, but adapted quickly to the teachers. She loves attending... read more -

  • Jessica T. Avatar
    Jessica T.

    I have had both my children at Kinder Kare for the last 6 years. My eldest is now at school and does his before and... read more -

    Mohammad R. Avatar
    Mohammad R.

    Putting our child in care was a huge decision. We looked at a number of Centres and could not go past Kinder Kare Early Childhood... read more -

    Shady D. Avatar
    Shady D.

    This centre is excellent!!! All 3 of my children attended this centre and my children and I have been very happy over the years. The... read more -

  • Julie B. Avatar
    Julie B.

    Amazing Staff - My daughter has been going to Kinderkare since she is a baby. They helped greatly with her difficult sleeping patterns. For a... read more -

    Alexandra P. Avatar
    Alexandra P.

    We chose to start our 10mo old at kinder Kare based on the reviews it had and it was conveniently located for us. It's always... read more -

    Luke W. Avatar
    Luke W.

    A well-run centre with dedicated and knowledgeable staff. The opening hours from 6:30am to 6:30pm are very helpful for early starts and late finishes at... read more -

View all our reviews at the Kinder Kare Early Learning Google My Business page

Families Served Every Year
Years of Experience
Child Care Specialists
Family-Owned Service

Book Your Centre Tour Today!

Kinder Kare offers Long Day Care, Preschool, Before & After School Care and Vacation Care.

Come visit our facility and meet our friendly Educators. Find out more about our services and see how you can give your child the best start.

Enter Your Contact Details

  • Date Format: DD slash MM slash YYYY

Visit Our Facility