Your activity level is based on the hours of recognised activities you do. Your activity level is used to work out how many hours of subsidised childcare you can get each fortnight. If you have a partner, both of your activity levels will be included. The lower of your or your partner’s activity level will be used to work out your hours of subsidised care. The hours of subsidised child care you can access per fortnight applies to each child.
There are 4 activity levels.
You can access up to 36 hours of subsidised childcare per fortnight if your only activity is either:
- actively looking for work.
To access this amount, you must spend a minimum of 8 hours each fortnight doing the activity.
From 10 July 2023, If you have an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child, families can get at least 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight for each Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child in their care and attending child care. Families may get more than 36 hours of subsidy per fortnight based on their circumstances and the amount of recognised activity they do. If you would like to get at least 36 hours of subsidised care, you should contact Services Australia to update your child’s CCS details. It’s voluntary for you to tell Services Australia this. For more information go to Services Australia.
Families need to do a recognised activity to get Child Care Subsidy.
Recognised activities can include any of the following:
- paid work including being self employed
- paid or unpaid leave, including -paid or unpaid parental or maternity leave
- unpaid work in a family business
- unpaid work experience or unpaid internship
- actively setting up a business.
They can also include any of these:
- doing an approved course of education or study
- doing training to improve work skills or employment prospects
- actively looking for work
- other activities on a case-by-case basis.
Services Australia will only recognise some of these activities for a certain amount of time.
- periods of unpaid leave for up to 6 months, this doesn’t apply to unpaid parental leave.
- setting up a business for 6 months out of every 12 months.
If you’re setting up a business and then start working in the business, you need to update your activity details. You need to update your activity from setting up a business to paid work.
Parental or maternity leave
Services Australia will count any paid or unpaid parental and maternity leave you take. This will continue to count this as long as you’re expected to return to work after your leave ends. When including this as a recognised activity you should provide the hours you worked before you started your leave.