Understand Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS)

The Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) provides extra help with fees to families facing barriers to child care. ACCS will usually cover all of a child’s child care fees.

Types of ACCS

There are four categories of funding:

  • child wellbeing is for families who need practical help to support their child’s safety and wellbeing
  • grandparent is for grandparents on income support, who are the primary carer of their grandchild
  • temporary financial hardship is for families experiencing significant financial stress
  • transition to work is for parents or carers transitioning to work from income support.

Eligibility for ACCS

To get ACCS, a family must:

  • be eligible for Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
  • meet other criteria depending on the category.

How to apply for ACCS

Families can apply for CCS and ACCS at the same time.

Families can apply for the following subsidies through Centrelink:

  • grandparent
  • temporary financial hardship
  • transition to work.

Providers apply for the child wellbeing subsidy on behalf of families.

ACCS amount

The amount of ACCS a family can get depends on the category they’re eligible for.

ACCS is paid to providers to pass on to families as a fee reduction.

To estimate how much you can get please refer to the Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) section in the Childcare Subsidy Calculator. Once you enter all the informaton in your ACCS amount will be displayed under the Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) section.

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