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Child care fee assistance

The Australian Government may provide financial assistance towards the cost of your child’s care. If you would like to access this assistance, you will need to complete   complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment with Centrelink by following the below steps:

  • Sign in to your myGov account. If you don’t have one, you will need to create a myGov account at https://my.gov.au.
  • Select Complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment task.
  • Work through the steps to provide new information and confirm your current details.

For instructions on how to use myGov click here.
 
To get an estimate on how much support you may be entitled to under the subsidy use our Simple Subsidy Estimator.


 
VIEW Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

CCS is a payment from the Government that will provide financial assistance towards the cost of your child’s care and reduce the cost of your total child care fees. It is available to you if you are a parent, foster parent or grandparent with a child in your care who is attending a child care program approved by the Government.
There are certain requirements you need to meet to be eligible for CCS. Until your CCS has been approved and has commenced, we will require full payment of your child’s early learning and care fees.

What should I know about the new Child Care Subsidy?
There are three key factors that will determine how much Child Care Subsidy families may receive:

Click here to use our child care subsidy estimator.

 

VIEW Entitlements when your child is absent

Initial Absence Days

Like most early learning centres and preschools, your child’s place is reserved when they are away so the day still needs to be paid for. Each financial year, the Family Assistance Office will pay your child’s CCS entitlements for the first 42 absence days. These absences can be for any reason, including public holidays, and the initial 42 days must be used before any additional absences can be claimed (please see below).

Additional Absence Days

You may receive CCS for absence days after the initial 42 days each financial year. For all absences beyond the first 42 absent days, CCS will only be paid if you are able to provide evidence to demonstrate the absence has occurred under permitted circumstances. There is no limit on these days, but you will be required to provide documentation to support the absence.

Exceptional Absence Days

You may receive CCS for an additional 20 exceptional absence days after the initial 42 absence days per financial year. These entitlements can be claimed without evidence if documentation is provided for 31 of the initial 42 absence days.

VIEW Public holidays

Our centres are closed on public holidays, however fees still apply if any of your usual days of attendance fall on a public holiday. CCS will usually be paid for public holidays, unless your initial 42 absence days have already been used.

 
VIEW Holidays

Normal fees apply for all absences (including Public Holidays) that fall on a usual day of attendance unless the family provides written notice two weeks in advance to apply the holiday discount on the full fee. Holiday discount is available for up to four weeks of care per financial year. Under exceptional circumstances, holiday discount may be applied outside these requirements at the discretion of the Centre Director. Fee payments must be up to date to receive holiday discount.

VIEW Withdrawal from care

Families provide two week’s written notice to cancel your child’s booked attendance at Goodstart. The two weeks’ advance payment we hold will be applied to your notice period. If your child does not attend their last usual days, full fees will apply. This means that CCS will not be applied.

VIEW Changes to your child’s regular booked days

We will do everything possible to support the changing needs of families and their children. Two weeks’ written notice is required to change or cancel your child’s regular booked days of attendance. If your child does not attend their last sessions of care, you will be charged full fees for the days they are absent.

Swap days

If you would like to swap your child’s regular days, and the alternative days you want are available in the same week, this can be offered at your Centre Director’s discretion. We will notify you during the week prior if we are able to accommodate your request, as vacancies cannot be confirmed until this time. If your child does not attend on the requested alternative days, or if the requested alternative days are not available and your child does not attend on their regular days, your usual charges will apply for the absence.

Additional days

Additional days can be requested at any time and taken immediately if available. If unavailable, your request for additional days can be added to your centre’s waiting list.


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