Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy is the main payment to assist families with the costs of child care.  It is generally paid directly to providers to be passed on to families as a fee reduction.

Families make a co-contribution to their child care fees and pay the provider the difference between the fee charged and the subsidy amount.

There are three main aspects of Child Care Subsidy:

  1.  An individual’s eligibility for Child Care Subsidy;

  2.  Types of child care and sessions of care covered by Child Care Subsidy; and

  3.  Amount of Child Care Subsidy payments (entitlement).


This Child Care Subsidy Calculator will allow you to estimate the Child Care Subsidy payment amount from the Australian  Government and out-of-pocket child care costs.