Time limits for confirming income

When you get Child Care Subsidy (CCS) you must confirm your family’s income after the end of each financial year. There are time limits for how long you have to do this.

To balance your CCS, you, your partner and ex-partner, if you had one, need to confirm your income. You do this by either:

  • lodging your tax return with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • completing an Advise non-lodgement of tax return with us, if you don’t need to lodge one.

We will need your ex-partner’s income details if you separated during the financial year.

You can advise non-lodgement of tax return using either:

If you need help, use our online guides to either:

If you’ve told the ATO you don’t need to lodge, you must still advise non-lodgement of your tax return with us. When you do this, you’ll tell us your actual income.

One year after the financial year ends

Confirming income for the 2018-19 financial year

You usually have 1 year from the end of the financial year to confirm your income for CCS. We’ll write to you before this date to remind you.

We’ve extended how long you have to confirm your 2018-19 income from 30 June 2020 to 31 March 2021.

If you got CCS for 2018-19 and haven’t confirmed your family’s income by 31 March 2021, your CCS will stop. It will reduce to 0% from 5 April 2021.

Confirming income for the 2019-20 financial year

If you got CCS for 2019-20 and haven’t confirmed your family’s income by 30 June 2021, your CCS will stop. It will reduce to 0% from 12 July 2021.

Stopping CCS

If your CCS stops, you’ll have to pay full fees for any child care you use.

If your CCS stops, we can start it again if you confirm your income. We’ll restart it from the first day of your next CCS fortnight.

A CCS fortnight is a 2 week period that starts every second Monday. For example, the first CCS fortnight for the 2020-21 financial year started on Monday 13 July 2020.

If there’s a gap between your CCS stopping and starting again, we won’t back pay you for that period.

Two years after the financial year ends

Confirming income for the 2018-19 financial year

If you got CCS for 2018-19, and you haven’t confirmed your income by 30 June 2021 both of these apply:

  • you’ll need to repay any CCS you got for 2018-19
  • your CCS will cancel.

Confirming income for the 2019-20 financial year

If you got CCS for 2019-20, and you haven’t confirmed your income by 30 June 2022 both of these apply:

  • you’ll need to repay any CCS you got for 2019-20
  • your CCS will cancel.

Getting CCS again

If you want to claim CCS again, you’ll need to have:

  • confirmed your family’s income for any financial years you haven’t done this for
  • paid back the money you owe or set up a payment arrangement.

Page last updated: 11 February 2021