The new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) has come into effect from 2 July 2018. This will replace both the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.
The CCS is more than just a combination of the two payments, it is a fundamental change to the way that eligibility for payments to families is assessed, and how the payment is calculated.
The amount of CCS that families will receive will depend on individual family circumstances. Families who currently receive Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate and expect to receive the CCS will need to determine their own eligibility for this. The Government has stated that Centrelink will contact families directly to provide information on current entitlements and how they may change under new arrangements. This may include asking families for additional information.
To help estimate the amount of support you may receive under the new CCS system, visit the Payment and Service Finder page on the Centrelink website. The calculator located here can help you to find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. Please note that this calculator will suggest all potential payments for you to explore further, based on the information you provide, not just CCS. The calculator is user-friendly and only takes a few minutes to complete. Please note that it is designed to give you an estimate of payments and services you may receive, and that this may not be the final calculated amount once the CCS is introduced.
To complete your assessment for CCS, log in to myGov today, and link to your Centrelink account. Create an account or log in to your myGov account here.