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