Beaconsfield Children's Hub

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Family Assistance Office - Child Care Subsidy

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that Australian families are able to access affordable, flexible and high-quality childcare. The Government provides a number of subsidies and programs to help with the cost of childcare, with the Child Care Subsidy being the main type of assistance for families.

✸ What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy the following requirements must be met:
The child must:
Be a ‘Family Tax Benefit child’ or ‘regular care child’ and be 13 or under and not attending secondary school and meet immunization requirements.

The person claiming the Childcare Subsidy, or their partner, must:
meet residency requirements and
meet the Child Care Subsidy activity test (or be eligible for an exemption) and be liable to pay for care provided under a Complying Written Arrangement (their written agreement) with their childcare provider.

Child Care must be provided by an approved provider in Australia and not be part of a compulsory education program, for example school.

✸ How will the Child Care Subsidy be paid?

Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to Childcare Providers to pass on to families as a fee reduction so that their fees are reduced at the time they use child care. Families will pay their provider the difference between their subsidy and the fees charged. Families will not be able to elect to receive their subsidy as a lump sum at the end of the financial year. Families will need to make a claim for Child Care Subsidy when (or before) each child starts attending care.

✸ Any Child Care Subsidy owed to families following the end of year reconciliation process will be paid directly to families as a lump sum. If a family has been overpaid Child Care Subsidy during the year the family may have to repay some Child Care Subsidy (a debt).

✸ What is the Additional Child Care Subsidy?

The Additional Child Care Subsidy is a top up payment in addition to the Child Care Subsidy which will provide targeted additional fee assistance to families and children who need extra support.

The Additional Child Care Subsidy has four elements:
Child wellbeing
Temporary financial hardship
Transition to work
Where can I get further information on the Child Care Package?
Visit the Department of Education and Training Child Care Package website or Visit the Department of Human Services Child Care Subsidy website.

Visit Links below.

Download Things you need to know about Childcare brochure.

Useful Links

Family Assistance Office: 13 61 50