Trying to work out your Child Care Subsidy can be complicated. To make it easier simply enter the required information in our Child Care Subsidy Calculator to determine your estimated out of pocket costs.

Family income for Centrelink purposes includes reportable Fringe Benefits, superannuation contributions that are salary sacrificed, total net investment losses, Disability, Carers or Wifes Pensions, and less and Child Support you pay.
‘Recognised Activity’ includes work, study, training, looking for a job, paid and unpaid leave, travelling to and from work, lunch breaks, unpaid work in a family business, setting up a business, work experience and volunteering in the community. If your work is casual or irregular, you should report the maximum number of hours you expect in the next three months, rather than the average. Remember, activity is determined on the parent that is doing the least in the household.

Your estimate for the Childcare Subsidy from July 1, 2023:


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Child Care Fees



Estimated Child Care Subsidy



Estimated out-of-pocket expenses



  • The Government will withhold 5% of your weekly Child Care Subsidy entitlement, which is reflected in our estimates.
  • The estimator does not take into account your possible eligibility for 100 hours.

Remember, this is an estimate only. Changes to centre fees, the law, policy or your individual circumstances may mean that any Childcare Subsidy you actually are entitled to from July 1, 2022 differs from the amount estimated.

Child Care Subsidy Frequently Asked Questions

As a recognised childcare provider, we are registered for the Government Childcare Subsidy (CCS).

360 Early Education is here to support you as you apply for your family’s CCS entitlement. We can help you to understand how to make the most of your CCS, by directing you to helpful information about activity hours, reporting requirements and allowable absences.

As a recognised childcare provider, we are registered for the Government Childcare Subsidy (CCS).

The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to our service to be passed on to you as a fee reduction. Your out of pocket expense is called your “gap” fee, and is calculated after CCS is paid.

The amount of CCS paid to us by services Australia is determined by Centrelink, based on information you give. Unfortunately, we cannot change your CCS percentage at a centre level, but we can help you find answers if you feel something isn’t quite right.

The below video helps explain this further

Not all families will be eligible for CCS.

There are certain requirements that must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) for their child. These include:

  • The age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school)
  • The individual, or their partner, meeting the residency requirements
  • The combined family income meeting the specified requirements
  • The child meeting immunisation requirements
  • The activity level of your family – See the Department of Education’s Child Care Subsidy Activity Test

To find out more information about CCS and eligibility please visit:

Your best online source of information for this is the Services Australia website page: How to Claim.

To learn more about claiming the CCS, you can log into your MyGov account and complete an assessment task.

You’ll need your registered CRN to do this.