Changes to Gap Fee Payments
From 10 July 2023:
- The family income limit to get CCS is increasing to $530,000.
- The maximum amount of CCS is increasing from 85% to 90%.
- Families earning $80,000 or less will get 90% subsidy.
- Families earning over $80,000 and under $530,000 will get a subsidy that tapers down from 90%, depending on their income. The subsidy will go down 1% for each $5,000 earned.
- Families earning below $362,408 with more than one child aged 5 or under in care can still get a higher rate for their second and younger children.
- Families can get at least 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight for each Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child in their care, regardless of their activity level.
To assist in helping you determining what your future rates may be, please follow the link to the CCS Calculator at StartingBlocks.gov.au to find out more information.
What do families need to do?
Families already getting CCS don’t need to do anything to get the new rates. Services Australia will apply the changes from Monday.
Families who earn between $356,756 and $530,000 may be entitled to CCS from Monday. Families who haven’t claimed CCS, should lodge a claim with Services Australia.
Some families already using care may currently be assessed for CCS and get 0% but will be eligible for an increased rate from Monday. These families should check that their income estimate is up to date through their Centrelink online account. For more information, visit childcaresubsidy.gov.au.
Families using child care must pay the gap fee using electronic means from 1 July 2023.
Electronic funds transfer, or EFT, is when a customer pays a bill using electronic means. Typical EFT payment methods include:
- bank or credit card, including mobile wallets
- direct deposit or bank transfer, including PayID
- online payment systems through third party software
- BPAY or Centrepay.
We’ve created a Parents Guide to CCS Changes, as we know how confusing and stressful the end of financial year planning can become, especially for families in 2022 looking to be smart and savvy with their money to ensure they are getting the most bang for their buck!
We also know how confusing it can be for families when it comes to Child Care Subsidy Changes to ensure Childcare is working the best for them and for families to know what they are entitled to. We have created a list of all of the changes coming to CCS (Child Care Subsidy) and where families can find more information about the changes ahead.
Balancing Child Care Subsidy
Families must confirm their income each financial year to ensure they are paid the correct amount of Child Care Subsidy.
Before each financial year begins, families inform Services Australia what they estimate they will earn that year (income estimate). Services Australia uses this estimate to work out how much CCS to pay families.
If an estimate is not provided, Services Australia estimates a family’s income using information from the current financial year. Families can update their estimate at any time during the year if their circumstances change.
Once each financial year comes to an end, families are required to confirm what they actually earned that year. This is how Services Australia ensures that families are paid the correct amount of CCS.
Families can confirm their income by either lodging their tax return or advising Services Australia they are not required to lodge a tax return. Families must complete an Advise non-lodgment of tax return using their Centrelink online account through MyGov. This will need to be completed for Services Australia even if the ATO has been advised that the family does not need to lodge a tax return.
Families have one year to confirm their income. If their income is not confirmed within 12 months after the end of the financial year their CCS will stop, and they will have to pay full fees for child care.
For more information on CCS Balancing, please visit Department ESE-Balancing CCS
CCS Eligibility: 26 Week Rule
From July 11, a child who hasn’t used care at least once within the previous 26 weeks will no longer be eligible for CCS. Families will need to submit a new CCS claim if the child re-commences care.
For more information, please visit Services Australia
Child Care Subsidy Rates Increase
Child Care Subsidy rate increase will take effect from July 11, which is the start of the first CCS fortnight in the new financial year.
For a breakdown of the percentages and more information on family eligibility and entitlements, please visit Department ESE Family Eligibility and Entitlement
Did you know?
Families with more than one child aged 5 or under in care can get a higher CCS for their second child and younger children. Combined families will automatically start receiving the higher CCS from July 1 2022.
For more information or to find out if you are eligible for the Higher Child Care Subsidy, please visit Department ESE Higher CCS