Child Care Subsidy

New information about Child Care Subsidy

The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Relief Package which was introduced by the Australian Government in April 2020 to provide additional support to families during the Covid-19 pandemic will be transitioning back to the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). 

The relief package will cease on Sunday 12 July, 2020 at 11:59PM (AEST) and from Monday 13 July, 2020 Child Care Subsidies (CCS) will recommence along with new transition measures to support the childcare sector and families. 

The transition period and what it means for families ? 

The CCS activity test requirements will be eased for 12 weeks from 13 July 2020 to 4 October 2020. This is specifically for families impacted by COVID-19, who can no longer access the same number of hours of work, training or study as before. During this period, impacted families may be able to access up to 100 hours per fortnight of subsidised childcare. 
  
If you received Child Care Subsidy (CCS) for 2018-2019 you are required to confirm your income with Centrelink. This includes CCS paid directly to you and CCS paid on your behalf to your childcare provider. Most parents have already confirmed their income, but if you haven’t, do it now. If you don’t confirm your income by 30 June 2020, your CCS will stop on 13 July 2020.

To confirm your income with Centrelink, you and your partner need to either:
> lodge your tax returns with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
> complete an ‘Advise non-lodgement of tax return’ in your Centrelink online account through myGov or your Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
If you’ve already confirmed your family income for 2018-2019, there’s nothing else you need to do.

What is the Child Care Subsidy?

The  Child Care Subsidy (CCS) was launched in July 2018 and designed to help make early learning and childcare more accessible for a large number of Australian families. Child Care Subsidy will generally be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce the fees you pay. 

How does the Child Care Subsidy work?

Families must contact Centrelink to determine their eligibility and submit an application to be assessed for the level of CCS they can receive.

Once a family is approved for CCS, they must provide Gloryland with the full name, date of birth and Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) for both child and parent. Without these details, you will not be able to receive CCS payments.

The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to Gloryland to be passed on to families as a gap payment. Families will make a co-contribution to their child care fees and pay the difference between the fee charged and the subsidised amount.

Calculate how much Child Care Subsidy your family could receive
There are three things that will determine your level of subsidy:

1. Your combined family income

2. The activity level of your family – recognised activities that enable a family to claim (eg paid work, volunteering, studying, self-employed work, actively job seeking)

3. The type of childcare your child or children are enrolled in (Gloryland provides Long Day Care services)

You can access a CCS calculator tool to give an indication of approximately how much CCS you may be entitled here

For families that have been impacted by COVID-19, who can no longer access the same number of hours of work, training or study as before a transition period will apply for 12 weeks from 13 July 2020 to 4 October 2020. These families will be able to access up to 100 hours per fortnight of subsidised childcare.