CCS Exemption

Families who do not meet the CCS activity test but are eligible for the preschool exemption can still get CCS

What is the ‘preschool exemption’ to the activity test?
Families who do not meet and are not otherwise exempt from the Child Care Subsidy activity test will be entitled to 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight to support their preschool-aged child to attend a preschool program at a Centre Based Day Care service.

When does the preschool exemption apply?
This exemption applies if a family meets the following criteria: 

  • they are eligible for Child Care Subsidy 
  • they are not otherwise exempt from the activity test 
  • it is the year before their child starts primary school, and 
  • their child attends a preschool program at a Centre Based Day Care service. 

This exemption only applies to preschool-aged children. It does not apply to other children in the same family. For the purpose of the Child Care Subsidy preschool exemption, a preschool aged child is a child in the year before their first year of primary school. States and territories refer to the first year of primary school differently (see the Services Australia website for details).

Families should provide Centrelink with their child’s expected school start date through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. Centrelink will use this information to work out if the exemption applies. 

For more information, please refer to the preschool exemption fact sheet

CCS News

Child Care Subsidy activity test from 13 July 2020

The activity test requirements will be eased from 13 July 2020 to help families impacted by COVID-19.

From 13 July 2020 to 4 October 2020, individuals who can no longer engage in the same number of hours of work, training, study or other activity recognised by the CCS activity test immediately prior to the COVID-19 crisis, can advise Services Australia they meet the requirements to access 100 hours of subsidised child care, per child, per fortnight for up to 12 weeks.

This can be done through their Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. For more information, visit