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Cheaper Child Care
Subject to the passage of legislation from July 2023, if your family earns under $530,000, you’ll get increased Child Care Subsidy. The CCS percentage you’re entitled to depends on your family’s income.
The income limit to get the maximum CCS is increasing. Families earning up to $80,000 will get an increased maximum CCS amount, from 85% to 90%.
If you already get CCS, you don’t need to do anything to get the increased rate. We’ll apply changes to your CCS automatically.
Read more about cheaper child care measures on the Department of Education website.
Child Care Subsidy activity test changes for First Nations children
Subject to the passage of legislation from July 2023, First Nations children will get at least 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight. Families can get more subsidised hours based on their circumstances. More information about these proposed changes will be available soon.
Read more about changes to the activity test for families with First Nations children on the Department of Education website.
Grandparent Advisers renamed and expanded
Grandparent, Foster and Kinship Carer Advisers were previously called Grandparent Advisers. From 1 July 2022, we renamed the service to more accurately reflect that help is available to all non-parent carers. We have also increased the number of Advisers available to give support to all non-parent carers.
Special circumstance exceptions to the work test
You may now meet the work test for Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay. This is if your ability to work during the work test period was affected by any of the following:
- family and domestic violence
- a serious medical condition, for either you or an immediate family member you care for
- a natural disaster declared by the Commonwealth or a state or territory.