Residence rules

To get Child Care Subsidy you or your partner must meet the residence rules.

You or your partner must be living in Australia and have 1 of the following:

You may also meet the requirements if either:

  • you or your partner are a student from overseas, sponsored by the Australian Government to study in Australia
  • you’re in hardship, or special circumstances apply.

To keep getting Child Care Subsidy

You or your partner must continue to meet the residence rules for as long as you get this subsidy.

You still may be able to get this subsidy if you’re outside Australia for less than 6 weeks. Read more about payments while travelling outside Australia.

Page last updated: 3 March 2022