The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) – what you need to know

Since Nido Early Schools is a government approved childcare provider, you could be entitled to a government subsidy. The initiative is designed to enable low and middle-income families to access affordable, flexible and high-quality childcare.

How much Child Care Subsidy can I  receive?

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is calculated using:

  • Your combined family income
  • The level of ‘activity’
  • Your childcare provider’s hourly rate

Low income families on annual incomes of $70,015 p.a. or less who don’t meet the activity test, can access 24-hours of subsidised care per fortnight without having to meet the activity test. Families who previously used the Budget Based Funded system will also be eligible for childcare fee assistance.

If you’re looking to apply for the childcare subsidy for the first time, please visit the Australian Government website for more information.


How does it work?

Subsidies will be paid directly to Nido Early School and we will then pass them on to you as a fee reduction. You will then pay the difference between the subsidy and the fees charged.

Most families earning $70,015 p.a. or less will receive a subsidy
of 85% (subject to CCS hourly rate cap)
Families earning over $70,015 p.a. will see their subsidy gradually decrease to 50% when their income reaches $175,015 p.a.
Families earning over $175,015 p.a. will see their subsidy gradually decrease to 20% when their income reaches $353,305 p.a.
Families with incomes of $353,305 p.a. or more will receive zero benefit


Who is eligible?

  • Your child is under thirteen, not attending secondary school and meets immunisation requirements
  • You or your partner, claiming the Child Care Subsidy, must meet residency requirements and also satisfy the Child Care Subsidy activity test

Options to increase your subsidy

Activities such as studying and volunteering also work in your favour towards your childcare subsidy. Taking some extra time to follow your interests or develop some new skills, even from your home through online learning platforms like Coursera, or other online TAFE and university courses will count as activity towards your subsidy.

Recognised activities:

  • paid work including being self employed
  • paid or unpaid leave, including paid or unpaid parental or maternity leave
  • doing an approved course of education or study
  • doing training to improve work skills or employment prospects
  • unpaid work in a family business
  • actively looking for work
  • volunteering
  • unpaid work experience or unpaid internship
  • actively setting up a business
  • other activities on a case by case basis

However, some of these activities will only be recognised for a certain amount of time. The government will only count:

  • periods of unpaid leave for up to 6 months – this doesn’t apply to unpaid parental leave
  • setting up a business for 6 months out of every 12 months

How does the activity test work?

For families earning up to $353,305 per annum, the table adjacent indicates how many hours of subsidy you will receive per hour of activity per fortnight.

Hours of Activity Hours of Subsidy
8 to 16 hours 36 hours
16 to 48 hours 72 hours
Over 48 hours 100 hours