Time limits for confirming income for Child Care Subsidy

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 need to confirm your income. If you had a partner or an ex-partner during the year, they also need to confirm their income. You can do this by either:

  • lodging a tax return with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • telling us you don’t need to lodge one and confirming your income by completing an Advise non-lodgement of tax return with us.

Even if you’ve told the ATO you don’t need to lodge, you need to let us know too. When you do this, you’ll tell us your actual income.

If you had a partner but separated during the year, or have since separated, we still need their details. If you have concerns about confirming their income, you can call the Families line.

The ATO may extend the date you and your partner need to lodge your tax return by. However, this won’t change the time limits for CCS. You still need to confirm your family income with us by our time limits so we can balance your CCS.

If there’s a reason you can’t confirm your income, you should call the Families line to discuss your options.

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

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

One year after the financial year ends

You usually have one 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.

Confirming income for the 2019-20 financial year

If you got CCS or Assisted Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) for 2019-20 and didn’t confirm your family’s income by 30 June 2021, your payments will have stopped. From 12 July 2021, they will have reduced to 0%. However, we will have continued to pay your Child Wellbeing payments.

Confirming income for the 2020-21 financial year

If you got CCS for 2020-21 you have until 30 June 2022 to confirm your family’s income. If you don’t confirm your income, your CCS will stop. It will reduce to 0% from 11 July 2022. This will also apply if you get ACCS. However, Child Wellbeing payments will continue.

Stopping CCS

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

If they stop, we can start them again once you’ve confirmed your income, provided you’re still eligible. We’ll restart them 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 2021-22 year started on Monday 12 July 2021.

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

Two years after the financial year ends

If you don’t confirm your income within two years of the end of the financial year, both of the following will apply:

  • your CCS and ACCS, including Child Wellbeing, will cancel
  • we may send you an Account Payable Notice to let you know you owe us money.

We may also send you an Account Payable Notice if you don’t confirm your income within 2 years of the end of the financial year.

This notice lets you know you owe us money.

We can reassess your debt, which means you may no longer have a debt or it may be less. You need to confirm your family income so we can do this. You can confirm your family income by either:

  • lodging a tax return with the ATO
  • telling us you don’t need to lodge one and confirming your income by completing an Advise non-lodgement of tax return with us.

If you had a partner but separated during the year, or have since separated, we still need their details. If you have concerns about confirming their income, you can call the Families line.

When you confirm your family income, we’ll balance your payments. Since the deadlines have passed, you’ll miss out on any top ups or arrears of CCS you were eligible for at that time. However, you’ll now be able to lodge a new claim for CCS or ACCS.

Confirming income for the 2019-20 financial year

If you haven’t confirmed your income for 2019-20 by 30 June 2022 all of these will apply:

  • you’ll need to repay any CCS you got for 2019-20
  • your CCS will cancel
  • you’ll also miss out on any top ups or arrears of CCS you were eligible for during that time.

If you get ACCS, including any Child Wellbeing payments this payment will cancel as well.

Confirming income for the 2020-21 financial year

If you haven’t confirmed your income for 2020-21 by 30 June 2023, all of these will apply:

  • you’ll need to repay any CCS you got for 2020-21
  • your CCS will cancel
  • you’ll also miss out on any top ups or arrears of CCS you were eligible for during that time.

If you get ACCS, including any Child Wellbeing payments, this payment will cancel as well.

Getting CCS again

If your CCS has cancelled and you want to claim CCS again, you’ll need to have done both of the following:

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

Pay back money you owe

You’ll need to pay the money back if either of the following apply:

  • you don’t confirm your income
  • you confirm your income and after we balance your payments you have a debt.

We’re pausing some debt activity for some people who:

  • live in a locked down Local Government Area
  • live in an area impacted by a natural disaster.

If you’re affected by one of these, you won’t need to repay your debt back right away.

You can read more about Centrelink debts and overpayments.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021