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