Helping Families Understand Counting Hours for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

Updated: Mar 26, 2019

An important part of the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is families telling Centrelink how many hours of recognised activity they undertake in a fortnight.



So How Does It Work?

The number of hours is means tested based on a few factors:

· The combined family income

· The type of service the child attends

· The fortnightly recognised activity of families



So What is Classified as Recognised Activity?

There is a broad range of activities that you can undertake to maximise your CCS, and this includes:

· Paid Work

· Study and Training

· Unpaid Work such as work in the family business or setting up a business, or work experience (e.g. internships)

· Actively looking for work

· Voluntarily work to improve work skills or employment prospects


In summary, the more activity you undertake the more hours of subsidised care you will be able to claim, which is great news for parents looking to increase their work hours or start a training course..


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