Extra hours because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Between 13 July 2020 and 4 April 2021, some families had access to extra Child Care Subsidy (CCS) hours.

Families affected by COVID-19 may have gotten up to 100 hours of CCS per fortnight.

If you were eligible, you could access extra hours between 13 July 2020 and 4 April 2021. From 5 April 2021, you can no longer apply for extra CCS hours. You can only access subsidised care based on your family’s actual activity level each fortnight.

Who could get extra hours

You could get extra CCS hours if your family’s recognised activity level had gone down because of COVID-19. All of the following must also have applied:

  • you didn't already have access to 100 hours of CCS
  • between 13 January and 22 March 2020, you were doing more than 16 hours of recognised activity per fortnight
  • before 4 April 2021, you were doing 8 or more hours of recognised activity per fortnight.

You couldn’t get extra hours if you’d chosen to do less activity and this wasn't because of COVID-19.

What you need to do

You can no longer apply for extra hours. If you were getting them, we’ll now use your family’s actual activity level to work out your rate of CCS. It’s important you keep your activity test details up to date so we can give you the right rate.

Page last updated: 5 April 2021