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 2021–22:

CSS family income thresholds^ Subsidy %
Up to $70,015 85 %
More than $70,015 to below $175,015  Decreasing to 50 %
$175,015 to below $254,305 50 %
$254,305 to below $344,305 Decreasing to 20 %
$344,305 to below $354,305 20 %
$354,305  or more 0 %

^ These amounts are correct for 2021–22 and may be adjusted through indexation in subsequent years.
 *Subsidy gradually decreases by 1% 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 $190,015 and under $354,305 have a subsidy cap of $10,655 per year, per child.

Families earning under $190,015 do not have their CCS capped.

From December 2021, we’re removing this annual cap.

Find out more about the removal of the annual cap.

Other factors

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