Centrelink online account help - Update your paid work details for Child Care Subsidy

Instructions on how to update your paid work details to make sure you receive the correct amount of Child Care Subsidy and are not overpaid.

The hours of subsidised care you can get per fortnight depends on the hours of recognised activities you do. If you have a partner, we’ll look at both of your activity levels. Find out how your activity level affects Child Care Subsidy.

You may also need to update your income estimate for Child Care Subsidy. We have an online guide to help you.

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 home page.

Select My Family, followed by Child Care, and Activity test.

Step 2: update your paid work details

To update you and/or your partner’s paid work details, select Update Activity Test.

Select the pencil icon next to Paid Work.

Select what has changed with your paid work.

If you work irregular hours go to Step 3.

Enter the hours per fortnight you did this activity, then select Save.

If you don’t work irregular hours go to Step 4.

Step 3: working irregular hours

Irregular work hours means the number of hours you work changes each fortnight.

To edit your paid work details if you work irregular hours:

  • estimate the highest number of hours you expect to work in any one fortnight over the next 3 months
  • select My paid work details have changed from the options
  • select Yes to let us know you’re in casual employment
  • enter your estimate for the hours per fortnight
  • enter the date you started this activity.

When you’ve entered your information, select Save.

Step 4: confirm update to activity test

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

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

Select Return home to go back to your homepage.

Step 5: 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: 28 September 2023.
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