The New Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

With the introduction of the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS), Smarty Pants ELC will now be offering each family flexible session times to ensure you make the most of your eligible subsidised hours.

To optimise your CCS and minimise your out of pocket expenses, we now offer 9 & 10 hour sessions to go along with our existing 12 hour session.

Families will have the flexibility to choose the option that best suits them and their needs.

How the new subsidy works

The main components of the new CCS are based on activity, family income and type of childcare service and will affect the percentage you are eligible to receive.

The activity test, determines how many hours of childcare per fortnight you will receive subsidy for. Both parents are required to work, study or volunteer for a minimum of 8 hours per fortnight.

Your family’s combined income will calculate the CCS percentage you’re entitled to. It’s based on a grading system, with more financial support available to lower income families.

How to estimate your CCS: online calculator

To determine what your CCS might be, you can use the Governments online calculator.