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Confirm income by 30 June 2021 or risk losing Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS)

Families need to confirm their 2018–19 income and 2019–20 income with Services Australia by 30 June 2021 or risk losing Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS).

Confirming income is part of the annual balancing process to ensure families are paid the right amount of CCS and ACCS.

Two important balancing deadlines fall on 30 June 2021.

Confirming 2018–19 income

Families who missed the first deadline must confirm their 2018–19 income by 30 June 2021.

If they don’t, they may need to pay back all the CCS they got in 2018–19.

They will also lose their eligibility for both CCS and ACCS from 12 July 2021.

Confirming 2019–20 income

All families must confirm their 2019–20 income before the first deadline on 30 June.

If they don’t their CCS and ACCS payments will stop. This means they’ll need to pay full fees when they use child care.

Services Australia can start their CCS and ACCS payments again but only after families have confirmed their income.

This means families may miss out on payments they may have otherwise got.

How to confirm income

Families can confirm their income for those two financial years by:

  • lodging their tax return, or
  • telling Services Australia they don’t need to lodge a tax return.

If you have any questions please visit Services Australia website.

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Enhanced Child Care Subsidy from July 2022

From July 2022, families will receive more support from the Australian Government with the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) set to be increased for families with multiple children under the age of 6, and the annual cap removed.

Overview

From July 2022, families will receive more support from the Australian Government with the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) set to be increased for families with multiple children under the age of 6. These changes are subject to the passage of legislation.

The changes include:

  • increasing the Child Care Subsidy for families with more than one child in care under the age of 6, and
  • removing the annual cap.

These measures will lower out-of-pocket costs for more than 250,000 families in 2022–23, with the Australian Government investing an additional $1.7 billion through CCS.

Families with children under 6 face higher child care costs and these are compounded where a family has more than one child. Thanks to the subsidy increase, families with multiple children aged under 6 in care will pay less in child care fees.

Increased subsidy for families with multiple children

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

  • earn under $353,680 (2020–21), 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.

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

Removing the annual cap

Families earning more than $189,390 (2020–21) now have an annual subsidy cap of $10,560 per child each financial year.

From July 2022, the Australian Government will remove this annual cap.

For more information please visit the official Enhanced Child Care Subsidy information page.

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If you don’t confirm your 2018–19 income by 31 March, you’ll lose your Child Care Subsidy

Did you get Child Care Subsidy for 2018-19?

If you got Child Care Subsidy (CCS) for the 2018-19 financial year, you must confirm your income. If you haven’t, do it now.

If you don’t confirm your income by 31 March 2021, your CCS will reduce to 0%. This means you’ll need to pay full fees when you access child care.

The deadline for confirming your income was extended from 30 June 2020 to 31 March 2021 because of COVID-19.

If you confirm your income after 31 March 2021 we can start your CCS again.

But if there’s a gap between your CCS stopping and starting again, you’ll miss out on CCS for that time.

Letters were sent to families in February 2021 asking them to confirm their income.

How to confirm your income

You don’t need to call or visit Services Australia to confirm your income.

You need to either:

  • lodge your tax return with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • tell us you don’t need to lodge one and confirm your income online.

If you have a partner, they’ll need to do this too. If you separated during the year, Services Australia will also need your ex-partner’s income.

To check if you need to lodge a return, use the Do I need to lodge a tax return? tool on ato.gov.au.

If you’ve lodged your tax return, the ATO will send Services Australia your income information. Services Australia usually get this within 28 days from when you get your Notice of Assessment.

If you or your partner don’t need to lodge a tax return, you need to let Services Australia know.

You must do this, even if you’ve told the ATO that you don’t need to lodge. You can do this and confirm your income for the year using either your:

  • Centrelink online account through myGov
  • Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

Where to find more information

For more information about Child Care Subsidy go to servicesaustralia.gov.au/ccstimelimits.