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Calculating your CCS

To discuss your individual circumstances and how they relate to your CSS entitlements, please contact our Team on 38321219. They will be able to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

Your CCS will be calculated using three components:

Combined family income

Your family’s combined income will calculate the CCS percentage you’re entitled to. Remember you will need to contact Centrelink when your combined income increases or decreases.

Family Income CCS%
$66,958 85%
$66,958 – $171,958 Subsidy reduces 1% for every
$3,000 over $66,958
$171,958 – $251,248 50%
$251,248 – $341,248 Subsidy reduces 1% for every
$3,000 over $251,248
$341,248 – $351,248 20%
$341,248+ Nil
(These tax bracjets will be adjusted as per CPI every financial year.)

Level of activity

CSS is linked to how much a family contributes to the Australian economy through activity. This activity level is calculated from the parent with the lowest number of hours of activity.

Hours of activity (per fortnight)

8 hours to 16 hours
16 hours to 48 hours
More than 48 hours

Maximum number of hours of subsidy (per fortnight)

36 hours
72 hours
100 hours

What counts as activity

Under the new system, you will only be able to access the Child Care Subsidy if you are doing suitable activity and the amount of activity will then determine how many hours of child of Childcare Subsidy you are eligible for.

Activity counts as:

  • Paid work (Including unpaid breaks)
  • Commute time from childcare centre to work (excludes time travelling from home to childcare centre and vice versa)
  • Authorised leave (eg maternity leave,long service leave, anuual leave etc)
  • Unpaid leave of up to 6 months
  • Unpaid work in a family business
  • Setting up a new business
  • Study
  • Training and study (includes semester breaks)
  • Work experience / internships (whether paid or not)
  • Volunteering
  • Looking for work (eg internet research, contacting employers ,preparing resumes/letters of application , preparing for and attending job interviews, travel time for interviews)

Concerned you won’t have enough activity?

There may be some families that lose the level of childcare funding support they have become used to as a result of the activity test. However, please note:

  • Activity is based on the family’s estimate over a thirteen week period
  • For casual/contract/itinerant workers whose hours may vary from week to week, you should pick the week with the highest level of activity in thirteen week period and use that as your level of activity
  • You can go onto myGov and change your activity level at any time
  • While you do not have to verify your activity, the Government has said that it will look to audit about 10% of families each year to seek some form of verification that the activity is valid
  • Families earning less than $64,710 are exempt from activity tests for up to 24 hours care per fortnight.

To help families increase their hours of activity, families can volunteer at our centre — see us for more details.

The caps

The current cap of $7,500 per child has been updated depending on your family’s combined income.

  • Families earning less than $186,958 = no cap
  • Families earning $186,958 to $351,248 = $10,190 cap
  • Families earning over $351,248 are not eligible CCS

Note: The government will be holding back 5% of CCS paid to families until reconciliation at the end of every financial year. This balance will be paid back to families in their tax return if they are eligible.

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