For families

The Australian Government provides assistance for families and child care providers in various types of emergencies and natural disasters. For more information visit our emergency and natural disaster assistance page.

New Child Care Package (commenced 2 July 2018)

Australia has a new child care package with a new Child Care Subsidy replacing the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to providers.

There are also changes to the annual cap which makes child care more affordable for most families.

The Additional Child Care Subsidy is included in the Child Care Safety Net and replaced a number of previous payments including the Special Child Care Benefit and the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA).

Previous child care system (prior to 2 July 2018)

The child care system that operated prior to 2 July 2018 had a number of payments including the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.

Assistance in finding suitable child care

The Child care Finder is a simple way for families to find a service that suits their needs. Families can find services, their vacancies, fees, opening hours and ratings.


The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with For families.


  1. Child care package overview

    Created: 2 December 2015  |  Last modified: 9 October 2019

    Key information of the child care package, including details about the Child Care Subsidy, the Child Care Safety Net and Inclusion Support Program.

  2. Child Care Safety Net

    Created: 2 December 2015  |  Last modified: 23 August 2017

    Information on the Child Care Safety Net, a key element of the new child care package, including the Additional Child Care Subsidy, Community Child Care Fund and the Inclusion...

  3. Child Care Subsidy Assessment Tips

    Created: 8 June 2018

    Child Care Subsidy Assessment Tips

  4. Power Point presentation from the Provider/Service Information Sessions March 2018

    Created: 2 May 2018

    This presentation now reflects figures indexed by the Consumer Price Index and the policy change of withholding decreasing to 5 per cent, all effective 2 July 2018.

  5. Voluntary work and the Child Care Subsidy activity test

    Created: 22 January 2019

    Key Information on the activity test which ensures that subsidised child care is available to support families who rely on child care to work, train, study, volunteer or do...