Activity level and subsidised care
Your activity level affects your subsidised care for Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve eased the activity test for CCS. This means, between 13 July 2020 and 4 April 2021, you may get extra CCS hours if COVID-19 has affected you.
We base your activity level on the hours of recognised activities you do. We use your activity level to work out the number of hours of subsidised child care you can get each fortnight.
If you have a partner, we’ll look at both of your activity levels. We’ll use the lower of your or your partner’s activity level to work out your hours of subsidised care.
The hours of subsidised child care you can access per fortnight applies to each child.
There are 4 activity levels.
|Activity level each fortnight||Hours of subsidised care each fortnight|
|Less than 8 hours||0 hours if you earn above $68,163
24 hours if you earn $68,163 or below
|More than 8 to 16 hours||36 hours|
|More than 16 to 48 hours||72 hours|
|More than 48 hours||100 hours|
You can access up to 36 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight if your only activity is either:
- actively looking for work.
To access this amount you must spend a minimum of 8 hours each fortnight doing the activity.
If you’re getting Carer Allowance you’ll be able to access 72 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight.
If you have mutual obligation requirements, you can access 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight. You must also be getting 1 of these payments:
If you have a partner, we’ll look at both of your activity levels. We’ll use the lower of your or your partner’s activity level to work out your subsidised hours. This applies even if 1 of you has an exemption.
Example of when we’ll use the lower activity level
John and Charlie have 2 children that attend child care. John gets Carer Allowance which means he can access 72 hours of subsidised child care each fortnight. Charlie does 15 hours of paid work each fortnight. This means she can access 36 hours of subsidised child care each fortnight.
We use the person with the lower activity level to work out the hours of subsidised care they’re entitled to. This means John and Charlie can access 36 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight for each of their children.
If you do more than 1 recognised activity, you can combine the hours you spend doing each activity. This may increase the hours of subsidised care you’re entitled to.
Example of combining hours
Oliver is a single parent working 40 hours a fortnight. He spends another 10 hours a fortnight doing unpaid work in his family’s business. Oliver can combine the hours he spends each fortnight doing these 2 different recognised activities.
Oliver does 50 hours of recognised activity per fortnight. This means he can access up to 100 hours of subsidised child care for each child per fortnight.
Page last updated: 21 September 2020
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