Combined annual income

The amount of Child Care Subsidy (CCS) a family can get depends on their income.

CCS is designed to help low and middle-income families the most.

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CCS family income brackets 

The Australian Government will subsidise a percentage of a family’s child care fees or the hourly rate cap, whichever is lower. The amount the government subsidises is based on a family’s combined annual income.

The following are the CCS family income thresholds for 2020–21:

CSS family income thresholds^ Subsidy %
Up to $69,390 85 %
More than $69,390 to below $174,390 Decreasing to 50 %
$174,390 to below $253,680 50 %
$253,680 to below $343,680 Decreasing to 20 %
$343,680 to below $353,680 20 %
$353,680  or more 0 %

^ These amounts are correct for 2020–21 and may be adjusted through indexation in subsequent years.
 *Subsidy gradually decreases by 1 per cent for each $3000 of family income.

Families can get an estimate of what they may be entitled to on Services Australia’s Payment and Service Finder.

Annual cap

Families earning more than $189,390 and under $353,680 will have a subsidy cap of $10,560 per year, per child.

Families earning $189,390 or less per year will not have their CCS capped.

Other factors

Two other factors determine a family's level of CCS: