Government subsidies

Did you know you can now receive child care subsidies from the Australian government?
Guide to the government Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy has been established by the Australian Government to assist families with their fees for child care. The level of subsidy that you can receive is determined through either an Annual Family Income Test or Activity Test. Both of these have been established to ensure that every family regardless of income level or current circumstances can afford the best child care services for their child.

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Combined annual family income

If you are earning $186,958 or less as a family, there will be no cap on the amount of subsidy you will receive.

If you are earning over $186,958 and earning under $351,248, you will have an increased annual subsidy cap of $10,190 per child, per year will apply.

Activity test

Another way to determine the level of subsidy is through a 3 step activity test.

If you are part of a two parent family, both parties must meet the test. The parent who has the lowest amount of activity hours will determine the subsidised hours. 

If you are the sole parent, to qualify for the subsidy, you must meet the test

The three step activity test
StepHours of activity (per fortnight)Maximum number of hours per subsidy (per fortnight)
 Less than 8 hours (for a family earning up to $66,958)24 hours
18 hours to 16 hours36 hours
2More than 16 hours to 48 hours72 hours
3More than 48 hours100 hours


What activities can meet the test requirements?

There are a number of activities that you can undertake to meet the requirements including:
  • Paid work
  • Training courses
  • Self employment
  • Actively job seeking
  • Self employment
  • Unpaid work in a family business
  • Studying
  • Volunteer work
  • Receiving carer allowance 

What exceptions do apply for the activity test?

There are also a number of activity test exceptions which can apply depending on the current situations. These include:
  • Disabled person who is either unable to take care of their child or undertake the required activities
  • Grandparent or great grandparent - who is the principal carer
  • Caring for someone who has a severe or intense disability 

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