Based on the feedback from the users, we hereby provide a list of FAQs to help our users to understand the CCS calculator better.

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No! Please DO NOT use this Child Care Subsidy calculator if you DON'T meet the Child Care Subsidy Activity Test Requirements.

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Yes! You can use the online In Home Care Child Care Subsidy Calculator.

Let's have a look at the following examples.

**Example 1:**

Family A with a combined family income of $66,000 and meets the activity test so entitled to a subsidy of 85% up to 50 hours per week. The **long day care centre** charges Family A **$110 per day** for a 10-hour long day care session for their below school age child.

**Example 1 Calculation:**

Step 1 Work out hourly fee = $110 / 10 = $11

Step 2 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee = $11 x 85% = $9.35

Step 3 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee cap = $11.98 x 85% = $10.183

Step 4 Compare the results from Step 2 and Step 3 and use the less one as the actual hourly subsidy = $9.35

Step 5 Work out the weekly subsidy = $9.35 x 10 x 5 = $467.5

Step 6 Work out the weekly out-of-pocket cost = $110 x 5 - $467.5 = $82.5

**Example 2:**

Family B with a combined family income of $66,000 and meets the activity test so entitled to a subsidy of 85% up to 50 hours per week. The **long day care centre** charges Family B **$150 per day** for a 10-hour long day care session for their below school age child.

**Example 2 Calculation:**

Step 1 Work out hourly fee = $150 / 10 = $15

Step 2 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee = $15 x 85% = $12.75

Step 3 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee cap = $11.98 x 85% = $10.183

Step 4 Compare the results from Step 2 and Step 3 and use the less one as the actual hourly subsidy = $10.183

Step 5 Work out the weekly subsidy = $10.183 x 10 x 5 = $509.15

Step 6 Work out the weekly out-of-pocket cost = $150 x 5 - $509.15 = $240.85

**Example 3:**

Family C with a combined family income of $66,000 and meets the activity test so entitled to a subsidy of 85% up to 50 hours per week. The **family day care** charges Family C **$110 per day** for a 10-hour long day care session for their below school age child.

**Example 3 Calculation:**

Step 1 Work out hourly fee = $110 / 10 = $11

Step 2 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee = $11 x 85% = $9.35

Step 3 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee cap = $11.10 x 85% = $9.265

Step 4 Compare the results from Step 2 and Step 3 and use the less one as the actual hourly subsidy = $9.265

Step 5 Work out the weekly subsidy = $9.265 x 10 x 5 = $463.25

Step 6 Work out the weekly out-of-pocket cost = $110 x 5 - $463.25 = $86.75

**Example 4:**

Family D with a combined family income of $185,000 and meets the activity test so entitled to a subsidy of 50% up to 50 hours per week. The **long day care centre** charges Family D **$150 per day** for a 10-hour long day care session for their below school age child.

**Example 4 Calculation:**

Step 1 Work out hourly fee = $150 / 10 = $15

Step 2 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee = $15 x 50% = $7.5

Step 3 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee cap = $11.98 x 50% = $5.99

Step 4 Compare the results from Step 2 and Step 3 and use the less one as the actual hourly subsidy = $5.99

Step 5 Work out the weekly subsidy = $5.99 x 10 x 5 = $299.5

Step 6 Work out the weekly out-of-pocket cost = $150 x 5 - $299.5 = $490.5

**Example 5:**

Family E with a combined family income of $189,000 and meets the activity test so entitled to a subsidy of 50% up to 50 hours per week with an annual cap of $10,373 per child because the family income is more than $188,163. The **long day care centre** charges Family E **$150 per day** for a 10-hour long day care session for their below school age child. The child is enrolled for 50 weeks' care.

**Example 5 Calculation:**

Step 1 Work out hourly fee = $150 / 10 = $15

Step 2 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee = $15 x 50% = $7.5

Step 3 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee cap = $11.98 x 50% = $5.99

Step 4 Compare the results from Step 2 and Step 3 and use the less one as the actual hourly subsidy = $5.99

Step 5 Work out the weekly subsidy = $5.99 x 10 x 5 = $299.5

Step 6 Work out the weekly CCS cap = $10,373 / 50 = $207.46

Step 7 Compare the results from Step 5 and Step 6 and use the less one as the actual weekly CCS = $207.46

Step 8 Work out the weekly out-of-pocket cost = $150 x 5 - $207.46 = $542.54

**Example 6:**

Family F with a combined family income of $189,000 and meets the activity test so entitled to a subsidy of 50% up to 50 hours per week with an annual cap of $10,373 per child because the family income is more than $188,163. The **long day care centre** charges Family F **$118 per day** for a 10-hour long day care session for their below school age child. The child is enrolled for 50 weeks' care.

**Example 6 Calculation:**

Step 1 Work out hourly fee = $118 / 10 = $11.8

Step 2 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee = $11.8 x 50% = $5.9

Step 3 Work out the hourly subsidy based on the hourly fee cap = $11.98 x 50% = $5.99

Step 4 Compare the results from Step 2 and Step 3 and use the less one as the actual hourly subsidy = $5.9

Step 5 Work out the weekly subsidy = $5.9 x 10 x 5 = $295

Step 6 Work out the weekly CCS cap = $10,373 / 50 = $207.46

Step 7 Compare the results from Step 5 and Step 6 and use the less one as the actual weekly CCS = $207.46

Step 8 Work out the weekly out-of-pocket cost = $118 x 5 - $207.46 = $382.54

The Child Care Subsidy Calculator estimates your Child Care Subsidy Percentage based on the Child Care Subsidy Percentage & Combined Family Income table (as shown below) published by the Australian Government.

Families earning $68,163 or less will receive a subsidy of 85 per cent of the actual fee charged (up to 85 per cent of an hourly fee cap). For family incomes above $68,163, the subsidy tapers down by 1 per cent for each $3000 of family income to 20 per cent when family income reaches $352,453. For families with incomes of $352,453 or more, the subsidy is zero per cent.

Combined Family Income | Subsidy per cent of the actual fee charged (up to relevant percentage of the hourly fee cap) |
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Up to $68,163 | 85 per cent |

More than $68,163 to below $173,163 | Tapering to 50 per cent* |

$173,163 to below $252,453 | 50 per cent |

$252,453 to below $342,453 | Tapering to 20 per cent* |

$342,453 to below $352,453 | 20 per cent |

$352,453 or more | 0 per cent |

The table below shows the hourly rate caps that are being used in this Child Care Subsidy calculator.

Service type | Maximum hourly fee cap (children below school age) | Maximum hourly fee cap (school aged children) |
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Centre Based Day Care (Long Day Care and Occasional Care) | $11.98 | $10.48 |

Outside School Hours Care (Before, After, and Vacation care) | $11.98 | $10.48 |

Family Day Care | $11.10 | |

In Home Care | $32.58 (per family) |