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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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.
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
|Step||Hours 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|
|1||8 hours to 16 hours||36 hours|
|2||More than 16 hours to 48 hours||72 hours|
|3||More than 48 hours||100 hours|
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
- Volunteer work
- Receiving carer allowance
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