Centrelink online account help - Change your withholding percentage for Child Care Subsidy

Instructions on how to change your withholding percentage for Child Care Subsidy.

We withhold 5% of your Child Care Subsidy entitlement until the end of the financial year. This is to help reduce the likelihood of you getting an overpayment. You’re able to vary this amount to suit your circumstances. You can change it online using your Centrelink online account up to twice a year.

Find out more about how to manage your payment when things change.

The screenshots in this guide are from a computer. The page layout will look different if you’re using a mobile device.

Step 1: get started

Sign in to myGov and select Centrelink.

Select MENU from your homepage.

Select My Family, followed by Child Care and Withholding Percentage.

Step 2: update your withholding percentage

To change your withholding percentage, select Update Withholdings.

Enter your new withholding percentage and the date you would like to start the withholding from. You can also choose to stop the withholding on a specific date.

You will also need to select a reason for the change from the options.

If all the details are correct, read the statement. If you understand and agree with the statement, select the checkbox, then Next.

If you need help deciding on a withholding percentage, read more about withholding.

Step 3: confirm update to withholding percentage

If all the details are correct, read the declaration. If you understand and accept with the declaration, select I accept this declaration then Submit.

Get your receipt

We’ll give you a receipt ID to let you know your update was successful. Make a note of this number for your records.

You don’t need to contact us unless we ask you to.

Select Return to Home to go back to your homepage.

Step 4: sign out

From your homepage, you can complete other transactions or select Return to myGov to go back to your myGov account.

For your privacy and security, sign out when you've finished using your myGov account.

View other online account and Express Plus mobile app guides for more step-by-step information and some video demonstrations.

Page last updated: 27 March 2023.
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