If you increase your child care hours

You don’t need to let us know if you start using more child care, or your days change.

But if you start using more child care you should make sure your family’s income estimate and activity levels are correct.

It’s important you let us know when there’s a change to your family’s income. It’s even more important you check and update your estimate regularly if your family’s income is close to $530,000.

It’s also important if you have a child in care for more than:

  • 33 hours per week for centre-based care
  • 36 hours per week for family day care
  • 38 hours per week for outside of school care
  • 15 hours per week for in-home care.

Read more about how your activity level affects Child Care Subsidy and how your income affects Child Care Subsidy.

What you need to do

Make sure your child care details are up to date.

You also need to let us know when there’s a change to your family income estimate or activity details.

If your Centrelink online account is linked to myGov, sign in to update your estimate and activity level at any time.

Sign in to myGov

If you don’t have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you’ll need to create them.

Use our online guides to help you update your:

You can also use the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

Read more about accessing child care.

Page last updated: 10 July 2023.
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