The Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) provides additional fee assistance to support vulnerable or disadvantaged families and children. It provides extra help with fees to families facing barriers to child care.
The ACCS is part of the Child Care Safety Net, which aims to give the most vulnerable children a strong start while supporting parents into work. ACCS will usually cover all of a child’s child care fees.
Help for children at risk
Families who need practical help to support their child’s safety and wellbeing may get extra help with the cost of child care.
Providers apply for ACCS (child wellbeing) on behalf of families.
Help for grandparents
Grandparents who are primary carers may get extra help with the cost of child care.
Grandparents apply for ACCS (grandparent) through Centrelink.
Help for families facing financial hardship
Families experiencing temporary financial hardship may get extra help with the cost of child care.
Families apply for ACCS (temporary financial hardship) through Centrelink.
Help for parents transitioning to work
Parents who are transitioning to work from income support payments by engaging in work study or training activities may get extra help with the cost of child care.
Families apply for ACCS (transition to work) through Centrelink.