Time limits for confirming income

When you get Child Care Subsidy (CCS) you need to 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 and your partner 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. You can do this through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

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

One year after the financial year ends

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. This means you’ll have to pay full fees for 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.

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

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

  • you’ll need to repay any CCS you received for that year
  • your CCS will cancel.

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

  • confirmed your family’s income for the financial year
  • paid back the money you owe or set up a payment arrangement.

Page last updated: 20 July 2020