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Childcare Assistance

More help with Childcare and OSCAR Subsidies
See how much you might get
Childcare Subsidy and OSCAR rates
What are the maximum hours for a subsidy?

More help with Childcare and OSCAR Subsidies

Childcare assistance is for those families who need it most.

Income thresholds

To qualify for childcare assistance, the following income thresholds apply.

Number of dependent children Weekly household income thresholds 1
One less than $1,400
Two less than $1,600
Three or more less than $1,800

1These thresholds came into effect on 27 September 2010. If you received childcare assistance on, or in the 12 months before, 27 September 2010 you may continue, until the close of 8 February 2015, to qualify for assistance based on the higher income threshold that applied at that time. If you're applying for another child for the first time, the current income threshold will be used. Please contact us if you have any questions.

See how much you might get

You can use our calculator to estimate the amount of childcare assistance you may be entitled to.

Childcare Subsidy and OSCAR rates

The amount you get depends on the number of children you have, and you and your spouse or partner's income. The Childcare Subsidy income thresholds and maximum rates are set out below.

If you have And your family’s weekly
income before tax is less than
The subsidy per child
per hour is up to
1 child $1,200 $3.98
1 child $1,300 $2.78
1 child $1,400 $1.54
2 children $1,380 $3.98
2 children $1,490 $2.78
2 children $1,600 $1.54
3+ children $1,540 $3.98
3+ children $1,670 $2.78
3+ children $1,800 $1.54

These rates are for the Childcare and OSCAR Subsidies only. They do not include 20 Hours ECE.

If you received childcare assistance on, or in the 12 months before 27 September 2010 you may continue, until the close of 8 February 2015, to qualify for assistance based on the higher income threshold that applied at that time. If you're applying for another child for the first time, the current income threshold will be used. Please contact us if you have any questions.

What are the maximum hours for a subsidy?

If you are in work or study, another approved activity, or if you have special circumstances that mean you need access to childcare, you can get:

Specific circumstances might mean, for example, that you have a serious health condition and your child does not have another caregiver who is able to look after them.

If you are not in work or study, you could get a Childcare Subsidy for up to nine hours a week.