Child Care Subsidy
Will CCS still be paid for absences from care?
CCS is paid for up to 42 days of absences for each child per financial year without the need to provide documentation such as medical certificates.
Will CCS be paid if my child is absent for more than 42 days?
All absences beyond the first 42 will only be paid for ‘additional absences’ if parents and guardians provide evidence that the absence has occurred under a permitted circumstance. Permitted additional absences include:
- an illness (with a medical certificate)
- an outbreak of infectious disease when the child is not immunised
- any other absences due to sickness of the child, a parent or sibling, supported by medical certificates
- a temporary closure of a school or pupil free day
- a period of local emergency
- exceptional circumstances
Additional absences do not include public holidays and please note that CCS will NOT be paid for public holidays if 42 absences have already been used.
Parents/guardians will continue to deal with Centrelink for all their CCS payments. Parents/guardians are still required to advise the FAO about any changes to their circumstances such as changes to income or a child commencing school.
Will I still have to tell my services about the type of care my children are using?
Yes. Parents/guardians will still need to tell their childcare services the number of children in the family using the same type of care each week at all services used.
My child attends different services during the week. Should I nominate my child’s hours of attendance at each service?
If your child attends different services, you may nominate how many of your CCS eligible hours are claimed at each service. Our services will provide you with a form to do this.
Where can I find more information on CCS?
More information on the CCS is available on the Centrelink website Child CareSubsidy.