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Early Learning Centre


Example:

Your child (below school age) is attending an Early Learning Centre (ELC). The hours for the Early Learning Centre are 8.10am-3.10pm at $120, with After School Care at $20 from 3.10pm to 6pm. The Centre also runs Vacation Care during the School Holidays that runs from 8am-6pm for $100 per day.

Your child is enrolled in the ELC care and After School Care 5 days per week for 40 weeks per year. In addition your child is enrolled in Vacation Care 5 days per week for 10 weeks per year in the same centre.

How to Fill in the Inforamtion:

The days per week are all same across different care types so you only need to convert the daily fees and daily hours to the average over 50 weeks.

The ELC part is simple as it is Centre Based Day Care:

    The Daily Hours = (7 hrs X 40 weeks) / 50 weeks = 5.6 hrs per day

    The Daily Fees = ($120 X 40 weeks) / 50 weeks = $96 per day

The tricky part is the after school care and Vacation Care as both are Outside School Hours Care:

    The Daily Hours = (3 hrs X 40 weeks + 10 hrs X 10 weeks) / 50 weeks = 4.4 hrs per day

    The Daily Fees = ($20 X 40 weeks + $100 X 10 weeks) / 50 weeks = $36 per day

Now you need to choose "No" for the "Is this child attending school?" question.

Then you enter your numbers into the calculator as shown below:

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Long Day Care + Family Day Care


Example:

Your child (below school age) is enrolled at two child care centres:

    (1) at a Centre Based Day Care 3 days (10 hours per day) per week at $120 per day for 50 weeks per year;

    (2) and at a Family Day Care 2 days (10 hours per day) per week at $110 per day for 50 weeks per year.

How to Fill in the Inforamtion:

For the Centre Based Day Care:

    The Days = 3 days per week

    The Daily Hours = 10 hrs per day

    The Daily Fees = $120 per day

For the Family Day Care:

    The Days = 2 days per week

    The Daily Hours = 10 hrs per day

    The Daily Fees = $110 per day

Now you need to choose "No" for the "Is this child attending school?" question.

Then you enter your numbers into the calculator as shown below:

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After School Care + Vacation Care


Example:

Your school aged child is enrolled in both After School Care and Vacation Care (both are Outside School Hours Care):

    (1) in the After School Care 4 days (3 hours per day) per week at $30 per day for 40 weeks per year;

    (2) and in the Vacation Care 5 days (10 hours per day) per week at $90 per day for 10 weeks per year.

How to Fill in the Inforamtion:

For the After School Care, you need to convert the numbers to 5 days per week (same as the Vacation Care):

    The Days = 5 days per week

    The Daily Hours = (3 hrs X 4 days) / 5 days = 2.4 hrs per day

    The Daily Fees = ($30 X 4 days) / 5 days = $24 per day

    Weeks per Year = 40 weeks

For the Vacation Care, you need to convert the numbers to 40 weeks (same as the After School Care):

    The Days = 5 days per week

    The Daily Hours = (10 hrs X 10 weeks) / 40 weeks = 2.5 hrs per day

    The Daily Fees = ($90 X 10 weeks) / 40 weeks = $22.5 per day

    Weeks per Year = 40 weeks

Now you need to choose "Yes" for the "Is this child attending school?" question.

Then you enter your numbers into the calculator as shown below:

    The Days = 5 days

    The Daily Hours = 2.4 hrs per day + 2.5 hrs per day = 4.9 hrs per day

    The Daily Fees = $24 per day + $22.5 per day = $46.5 per day

    Weeks per Year = 40 weeks

Make sure you change the Centre Based Day Care Daily Hours & Family Day Care Daily Hours to 0!

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Step 3.1 - Fill in details for child 1
What type of childcare(s) does this child attend?
Centre Based Day Care
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Child 1 Summary Weekly Average Quarterly Average Yearly
Child Care Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Child Care Subsidy $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Child Care Subsidy Withholding $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Child Care Subsidy Paid to Service Provider $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Out-of-pocket Child Care Cost $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Child Care Cost after EOY Reconciliation $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS)

The section below shows how much CCS you can get if you are eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS). The ACCS provides assistance in the following circumstances:

  • ACCS (Child Wellbeing) for families who require practical help to support their child's safety and wellbeing;
  • ACCS (Grandparent) for grandparent primary carers on income support;
  • ACCS (Temporary Financial Hardship) for families experiencing temporary financial hardship;
  • ACCS (Transition to Work) is available for parents transitioning to work from income support.

Families eligible for ACCS (Child Wellbeing), ACCS (Grandparent) or ACCS (Temporary Financial Hardship) will receive a subsidy equal to the actual fee charged, up to 120 per cent of the CCS hourly rate cap. Those families will not be subject to the activity test, and will be entitled to up to 100 hours of care per child, per fortnight.

ACCS (Transition to Work) is available for parents transitioning to work from income support. Eligible families will receive a subsidy of 95 per cent of the actual fee charged or up to 95 percent of the CCS hourly rate cap, whichever is lower. Hours of subsidised care will be determined by the Child Care Subsidy Activity Test.

The five per cent (5%) mandatory withholding of Child Care Subsidy entitlement will not apply to ACCS payments and neither will the annual cap.

Note: You can only get 1 type of Additional Child Care Subsidy at a time. If you meet the criteria for more than 1 type, you will be paid the one that benefits you the most. For more information please refer to Additional Child Care Subsidy from Australian Government Department of Human Services.

Weekly Summary ACCS (Child Wellbeing, Grandparent, Temporary Financial Hardship) ACCS (Transition to Work)
Child Care Fees $0.00 $0.00
Child Care Subsidy $0.00 $0.00
Child Care Subsidy Withholding $0.00 $0.00
Child Care Subsidy Paid to Service Provider $0.00 $0.00
Out-of-pocket Child Care Cost $0.00 $0.00

Enhanced Child Care Subsidy

From July 2022, the Australian Government will increase a family's CCS if they:

  • earn under $354,305 (2021–22), and
  • have more than one child aged under 6 in care.

The Australian Government will increase the subsidy by 30% (capped at 95%) for their second child and subsequent children aged under 6 in care. For example, where the second child would have been eligible for a CCS rate of 50% of the fee paid or hourly cap, they will receive a CCS rate of 80% (50% + 30%) of the fee paid or hourly cap.

Note: The increased subsidy will not apply to In Home Care sessions as IHC is subsidised on a family rather than per child basis.

Families earning more than $190,015 (2021–22) have an annual subsidy cap of $10,655 per child each financial year. From July 2022, The Australian Government is removing this annual cap.

The table below provides a brief summary of the current CCS and the enhanced CCS.

Combined Family Adjusted Taxable Income (ATI) Current CCS Enhanced CCS
Up to $70,015 85%

No annual CCS cap
95% *

No annual CCS cap
Above $70,015 to below $175,015 Decreasing to 50%

Subsidy decreases by 1% for each $3,000 of family income

No annual CCS cap
Current CCS % + 30% (Capped at 95%) *

For example, if the current CCS % is 60% the new CCS % will be 90%

No annual CCS cap
$175,015 to $190,015 50%

No annual CCS cap
80% *

No annual CCS cap
Above $190,015 to below $254,305 50%

Annual CCS cap $10,655 per child
80% *

No annual CCS cap #
$254,305 to below $344,305 Decreasing to 20%

Subsidy decreases by 1% for each $3,000 of family income

Annual CCS cap $10,655 per child
Current CCS % + 30% *

For example, if the current CCS % is 25% the new CCS % will be 55%

No annual CCS cap #
$344,305 to below $354,305 20%

Annual CCS cap $10,655 per child
50% *

No annual CCS cap #
$354,305 or more 0% (No CCS) 0% (No CCS)
* The increased subsidy only applies to a family's second child and subsequent children aged under 6 in care.
# The annual subsidy cap will be removed for any child in care.

If you want to learn more about the proposed Enhanced Child Care Subsidy, you can visit https://www.dese.gov.au/child-care-subsidy/enhanced-child-care-subsidy.