How to manage your payment
If you get Child Care Subsidy, you have an ongoing responsibility to keep your information up to date.
You can do this by regularly checking your details are correct.
You need to tell us if:
- your family’s income changes
- your or your partner’s activity levels change
- your relationship status changes
- there are any other changes to your or your partner’s circumstances.
We need accurate information about your family circumstances to pay you the correct amount. We may overpay you if we don’t have accurate and up to date details. If this happens, you’ll have to pay back the amount you owe.
Keep in mind, some things may affect your Child Care Subsidy amount. These include if:
- your family income is close to $186,958
- your family income is close to $351,248
- you get both Child Care Subsidy and Family Tax Benefit
- you increase your child care hours.
Watch this video to see how to avoid an overpayment for Child Care Subsidy.
During coronavirus (COVID-19) we’ve made temporary changes to some of our payments. To help stay up to date, you can read more about upcoming changes for parents.
You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you're getting Child Care Subsidy.
If your family earns more than $189,390 we’ll cap your subsidy.
If your family earns more than $353,680 you won’t get any subsidy.
We pay both the subsidy and Family Tax Benefit (FTB) based on your family income estimate. The higher your estimate is, the less subsidy and FTB you’ll get.
If you start using more child care, you may reach the annual Child Care Subsidy cap more quickly.
We may pay Child Care Subsidy (CCS) if you're charged for child care when your child is absent.
When you enrol your child in an approved child care service, you need to give them some information.
There are rules about whether you can get your Child Care Subsidy when you travel outside Australia. The rules also apply to your Additional Child Care Subsidy.
We have a range of other services, tools and information to help you manage your payment or get extra support.
Page last updated: 16 September 2020
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