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At Eden Academy, we want to make your transition into childcare as easy as possible! Luckily for eligible families in Australia, there’s help available in the form of subsidies to cover a percentage of the cost of childcare. We have developed a calculator to help you get an understanding of what childcare subsidies you may be eligible for.

Here’s what you need to know about the Childcare Subsidy before accessing the calculator:

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What is the Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a payment from the Australian Government to help with the cost of approved child care. This subsidy aims to make it easier for you to work, study or train by reducing your out-of-pocket expenses when you use a registered childcare service, such as Eden Academy.

The CCS is paid directly to providers to reduce the fees you pay.

If you’re eligible, the CCS will pay up to 85% of your fees based on how many hours of recognised activities you participate in each week that you need your child to be looked after in order to do so.

How to use our Child Care Subsidy calculator

  • Our child care subsidy calculator will prompt you to enter information regarding your family’s hours of recognised activities, income and type of childcare. It is designed to guide you through the process one step at a time.
  • If you are unsure of how much your centre charges as their daily fee, reach out to them so your result can be calculated with the most accuracy.
  • Once you have entered your information, be sure to check how your estimate has been calculated to get an understanding of the breakdown.

The results of this calculator will be displayed in a table showing how much you are entitled to receive. If you are eligible for the Childcare Subsidy, the calculator will show you a breakdown of how much it estimates you may have to pay out of pocket.

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Eligibility requirements

  • You must be the parent or guardian of a child aged under 13 years unless you have an exemption.
  • Care for your child at least two nights per fortnight, or have 14% care.
  • Are liable for fees for care provided at an approved child care service (that is, where there was a Child Care Subsidy application).
  • Meet residence rules (e.g., live in Australia) and be consistent with them over time if it’s changed since before applying for CCS.
  • Your child must also meet the immunisation requirements and not be attending secondary school unless an exemption applies.

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Your CCS Is Calculated Using Three Components:

  • Your combined family income
  • Your level of activity, such as work, education, or volunteering
  • Your childcare provider’s hourly rate
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How to apply for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

You can apply for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) through your Centrelink account via MyGov or by calling the Family Assistance line on 13 61 50. It may take up to 28 business days for Centrelink to process your request, so we suggest beginning the application process as soon as possible, so your enrolment into childcare is not delayed. Families will be responsible for paying full fees until their claim is approved.

Higher CCS Subsidy – Multiple Children in Long Day Care

Who is eligible for the higher subsidy? To get the higher subsidy, a family must:

  • Earn less than $356,756
  • Have more than one child aged 5 or under in childcare

Who gets the higher subsidy?

Services Australia works out which children get the higher subsidy by:

  • Assessing all children in the family
  • Identifying the standard rate child
  • Identifying the higher rate children.

The standard rate child is usually the eldest CCS-eligible child aged 5 or under in the family.
They get the income-tested CCS rate. Younger children get a higher subsidy. All eligible children aged 5 or under are counted when determining the standard rate child.

For children born on the same date, such as twins, Services Australia will automatically determine one child as the eldest child and apply the higher rate to other children.

How much is the higher subsidy?

Eligible higher-rate children get a 30% higher subsidy, up to a maximum of 95%.
Families will continue to receive their income-tested CCS rate for all children. Children eligible for the higher rate will have the increase automatically included in their CCS percentage reported to services.

Services Australia can change the automatic ordering of children born on the same day if required. Families should contact Services Australia to request this.

What if I am not eligible for any Child Care Subsidy?

If you are not eligible for any Child Care Subsidy, you may be required to pay full fees for your childcare. If this is the case, we encourage you to take advantage of the Child Care Subsidy Calculator as soon as possible. This will help you plan ahead and set aside funds that can be used towards paying for childcare services or programs in the future.

So, if you’re looking for a way to reduce childcare costs, look no further than our Child Care Subsidy calculator for an idea of your options. It’s an easy-to-use tool that will help you find out whether or not you qualify for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Once you are ready to begin your returning to work journey, we can help with finding your closest Eden Academy to experience the very best in early childhood education.

Visit the Services Australia website for more information on CCS.

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