Who can get it

You need to meet some requirements to get Child Care Subsidy.

We pay this subsidy directly to your child care provider to reduce the fees you pay.

You may be eligible if you or your partner meet all of the following:

  • care for your child at least 2 nights per fortnight, or have 14% care
  • are liable for fees for care provided at an approved child care service
  • meet the residency rules.

Your child must also meet both of these:

If your child attends secondary school, you may still be eligible if they need supervision. They must be either:

  • 13 or under
  • 14 to 18 with disability.

In these circumstances, you must provide evidence as to why your child can't be unsupervised. This may include evidence of your child’s disability. You also need to confirm an adult is unable to care for your child during this time.

Each person that’s liable to pay child care fees will need to apply for this subsidy and meet these criteria.

Extra support

Some families can get Additional Child Care Subsidy. We pay it on top of Child Care Subsidy to provide extra support with child care fees.

There are 3 different types of Additional Child Care Subsidy that you can apply for. You can apply if you’re either:

  • a grandparent
  • transitioning to work
  • experiencing temporary financial hardship.

Approved child care

These are services that have Australian Government approval to get Child Care Subsidy on your behalf to reduce your fees. Approved child care includes:

  • Centre Based Day Care, including long day care and occasional care
  • Family Day Care
  • Outside School Hours Care, including before, after and vacation care
  • In Home Care.

In Home Care

The eligibility criteria for In Home Care is different. You need to meet all eligibility criteria for Child Care Subsidy as well as extra criteria. You can read more about In Home Care on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

Next: How much you can get

The amount of Child Care Subsidy you can get depends on your circumstances.

Page last updated: 16 July 2021