- be eligible for Child Care Subsidy
- have experienced temporary financial hardship due to an event that happened in the last 6 months, including COVID-19
- have a substantially reduced ability to pay child care fees.
Temporary financial hardship events
Temporary financial hardship may occur if you or your partner have:
- lost your job, other than if you resigned or retired
- suffered a loss of income or a business failure due to circumstances outside of your control, such as serious illness
- been adversely affected by a major disaster event
- had your home destroyed or severely damaged.
You may also be experiencing temporary financial hardship from:
- the death of a partner or child
- loss of child support due to the death of a paying parent
- having to leave your home and not being able to return because of an extreme circumstance such as from being affected by family and domestic violence
- being affected by family and domestic violence, and the family member responsible leaves, or is removed from the home.
You can nominate more than 1 event if they have occurred within the last 6 months.
We don’t consider any of the following events for this subsidy:
- expenses such as routine home repairs or maintenance
- non-essential expenses
- increases in child care fees.