Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Dear Families

In response to COVID-19, child care is free. This means Centrelink is not currently paying Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

If you were getting CCS before 6 April 2020, you won’t need to do anything for it to start again when the free child care period ends.

If you recently started using child care, you should find out about CCS.

What is CCS?
CCS helps with the cost of approved child care. Centrelink pays this subsidy directly to your child care provider to reduce the fees you pay.

Who can get it?
To get CCS you need to meet certain requirements. Centrelink will also consider your circumstances to work out how much you can get.

How do I apply?
If you want to get CCS when it starts again, and haven’t already applied, you should submit your claim now.

Find out more about CCS if you’re new to child care on the Services Australia website.