Changes to the Child Care Subsidy start today, so we’ve put together a handy guide so you know exactly what you need to do and what’s changing.
There have already been some major changes to child care support, with the annual cap for working families removed from December 10, 2021. And now more Child Care Subsidy (CCS) changes are on the way for around 250,000 Aussie families. On average, these families will be more than $2,200 better off, each year.
Changes to the Child Care Subsidy 2022
From March 7, 2022 families with more than one child aged five or under in care will get a higher subsidy for their second and younger kids.
Your family may be eligible if you:
- Earn less than $354,305
- Have more than one child aged five or under in child care
Your children who are eligible for the higher rate will get a 30% higher subsidy, up to a maximum of 95%.
You’ll still keep getting your income tested CCS rate for all of your children.
Who will get the higher Child Care Subsidy rate?
Services Australia will assess all of the children in your family, identify the ‘standard’ rate child (usually the eldest CCS-eligible child aged five or under), and then identify the children who’ll get the higher rate.
If you’re already getting CCD, you don’t need to do anything, your CCS will automatically increase for the eligible children in your family.
What will it mean for my family?
It depends on what your family is earning, but here’s a couple of examples:
- If your family is earning $110,000 a year and has two kids in care for four days a week, you’ll be around $100 a week better off.
- If your family is earning $80,000 with two kids in child care, you’ll save about $54 a week.
- A family earning $140,000 a year will be about $125 a week better off.
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