Child Care Subsidy

Families earning $68,163 or less will receive a subsidy of 85 per cent of the actual fee charged (up to 85 per cent of an hour fee cap). For family incomes above $68,163, the subsidy gradually decreases to 20 per cent when family income reaches $342,453. For families with incomes of $352,453 or more, the subsidy is zero per cent.

Combined family incomeSubsidy per cent of the actual fee charged (up to relevant percentage of hour rate cap)
Up to $68,16385 per cent
More than $68,163 to below $173,163Decreasing to 50 per cent
$173,163 to below $252,45350 per cent
$252,453 to below $342,453Decreasing to 20 per cent
$342,453 to below $352,45320 per cent
$352,453 or more0 per cent
Activity test

Family entitlement to the Child Care Subsidy will be determined by an activity test, more closely aligning the hours of subsidised care with the combined hours of work, training, study or other recognised activity undertaken, and providing for up to 100 hours of subsidy per fortnight per child.

Hours of activity (per fortnight)Maximum number of hours of subsidy (per fortnight) per child
For families earning up to $68,163
Fewer than 8 hours24 hours
For families earning up to $352,453
8 hours to 16 hours36 hours
More than 16 hours to 48 hours72 hours
More than 48 hours100 hours
The National Quality Framework

The National Quality Framework puts in place compulsory, national standards to ensure high quality and consistent Early Childhood Education and Care across Australia. This important reform delivers a higher standard of care for children in the critical areas of education, health, and safety and will provide clearer and comprehensive information for families so they can choose the best services for their child.

The first five years of a child’s life shapes their future—their health, learning and social development and the National Quality Framework will ensure equality of national standards. It will require all providers to improve services in the areas that impact on a child’s development and safety and to provide families with quality information to help them make informed choices about services.