Need Child Care Payment Support?

The Pocket Early Education and Care accepts applications that receive Child Care Subsidy assistance. 

Funded by the Federal government and administered through Centrelink; the Child Care Subsidy program helps make child care affordable to parents or carers returning to work or study by reducing their out-of-pocket care expenses. 

How Does it Work?

The program is means-tested; therefore families with lower incomes will receive greater support payments than families with higher incomes. Want to learn more about the subsidy program? We have provided general information below or you can Contact Us Directly to Discuss Your Specific Situation. 

Am I Eligible for the Child Care Subsidy?

To be eligible you must:

  • care for a child, aged 13 or younger (exemptions apply for children with disabilities)
  • care for a child at least 2 nights per fortnight, or have 14% care responsibility
  • use an approved child care service – approved centres offer both long day care and occasional care
  • be responsible for paying child care fees
  • meet residency and Immunisation Requirements – if receiving Family Tax B – Part A or child care fee assistance

We are here to assist you with a subsidy assessment, which will be based on these factors:

  • Your combined family’s income
  • Your activities and the Hours of Activity you and your partner do
  • The type of child care you use:  Long and occasional care is capped at $12.20 per hour 

How Much of My Child Care Fees Will the Subsidy Cover?

The Department of Education has set out a table of the percentage the Child Care Subsidy will contribute towards based on the family’s combined income.  Use this Helpful Child Care Subsidy Calculator as a guide.


Your Family Income Child Care Subsidy Percentage
$0 to $69,390 85%
More than $69,390 to below $174,390 Between 85% and 50%
The percentage goes down by 1% for every $3,000 of income your family earns
$174,390 to below $253,680 50%
$253,680 to below $343,680 Between 50% and 20%
The percentage goes down by 1% for every $3,000 of income your family earns
$343,680 to below $353,680 20%
$353,680 or more 0%
  • Families earning over $189,390 and under $353,680 will have an annual cap of  $10,560 per year per child.
  • The amount of subsidised child care you can access per fortnight applies to each child.

Child Care Subsidy Cap

Annual Cap

There is no annual cap for most families receiving Child Care Subsidy. The income threshold at which an annual cap does apply, and the value of the cap, are adjusted annually in accordance with CPI. The table below shows how the annual cap applies from 13 July 2020.

2020 – 2021
CCS Annual Cap
Annual Subsidy Cap $10,560
Annual Subsidy Cap Threshold $189,390

Hourly Rate Caps

The hourly rate caps are the maximum hourly rate used to calculate families’ Child Care Subsidy for each service type. The hourly rate caps are adjusted annually in accordance with CPI. The table below shows the hourly rate caps that apply from 13 July 2020.

2020 – 2021
CCS Hourly Rate Caps
Children below school age School-age children
Centre Based Day Care $12.20 $10.67
Outside School Hours Care $12.20 $10.67
Family Day Care $11.30
In-Home Care (per family) $33.17

Child Care Subsidy Activities Test

The maximum entitled hours of subsidised care available is 100 hours per fortnight.  In two-parent households, an activities test will be applied. The parent with the lowest hours of work or approved activity will determine how much subsidised care the family is entitled to.

Step Hours of Activity per Fortnight Maximum Number of Hours of Subsidy per Child per Fortnight
1 8 – 16 hours 36 hours
3 16 – 48 hours 72 hours
4 More than 48 hours 100 hours

To meet the activities test parents can be involved in a variety of paid or unpaid work. These include:

  • Paid work, including leave
  • Self-employment
  • Voluntary work
  • Training for employment upskilling
  • Tertiary study or apprenticeships
  • Job seeking
  • Paid parental leave

 Learn More About Recognised Activities here. 

Is Additional Child Care Subsidy Support Available?

Yes. Additional Child Care Subsidy is available if you meet the following requirements. 

  • you’re a grandparent on income support
  • you’re transitioning to paid work, or
  • you’re experiencing temporary financial hardship.

As family circumstances differ, we recommend that you give us a call to discuss how to apply for child care subsidy.