We’re urging families to confirm their income with Services Australia or risk losing Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS).
Confirming income is part of the annual balancing process to ensure families are paid the right amount of CCS and ACCS.
Two important balancing deadlines fall on 30 June 2021.
Confirming 2018–19 income
Families who missed the first deadline must confirm their 2018–19 income by 30 June 2021.
If they don’t, they may need to pay back all the CCS they got in 2018–19.
They will also lose their eligibility for both CCS and ACCS from 12 July 2021.
You will need to direct families to make a new claim if they wish to get a reduced fee again.
Confirming 2019–20 income
All families must confirm their 2019–20 income before the first deadline on 30 June.
If they don’t their CCS and ACCS payments will stop. This means they’ll need to pay full fees when they use child care.
Services Australia can start their CCS and ACCS payments again but only after families have confirmed their income.
This means families may miss out on payments they may have otherwise got.
How you can help
Please tell families to confirm their income for those two financial years by 30 June.
Families can do this by:
- lodging their tax return, or
- telling Services Australia they don’t need to lodge a tax return.
If families have questions, please direct them to the Services Australia website at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy/how-balance-your-payment/balancing-child-care-subsidy/time-limits-confirming-income