If you increase your child care hours
If you start using more child care, you may reach the annual Child Care Subsidy cap more quickly.
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.
If you increase your child care hours you may reach the annual cap more quickly.
If your family earns between $186,958 and $351,248, we cap the total amount of subsidy you can get. We cap your subsidy at $10,190 each child, per financial year.
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 either:
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.
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.
You can also use the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. It only takes a few minutes to do the update and you can do it yourself online.
Page last updated: 17 April 2019
This information was printed 6 July 2020 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy/how-manage-your-payment/if-you-increase-your-child-care-hours. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.