3.7.1 Payment Rates for ACCS (child wellbeing), ACCS (grandparent) & ACCS (temporary financial hardship)

Summary

This section outlines the payment rates for ACCS (child wellbeing), ACCS (grandparent) and ACCS (temporary financial hardship).

Payment rates for individuals

Child care payments (4.6.1.30) under the ACCS (child wellbeing), ACCS (grandparent) and ACCS (temporary financial hardship) are equal to the actual fee charged by an approved provider (1.1.A.90), up to 120% of the relevant CCS hourly rate cap (1.1.H.20) (3.5.3). It depends on the type of approved child care (1.1.A.90) that an individual (1.1.I.90) is using and the child's age (age not relevant for FDC or IHC).

The types of care include:

  • centre-based day care,
  • outside school hours care,
  • family day care, and
  • in home care.

The hourly rate cap is designed to provide support to those families that are genuinely in need within appropriate financial limits.

The following table outlines the subsidy arrangements based on the child care service type and the hourly rate cap for ACCS (child wellbeing), ACCS (grandparent) and ACCS (temporary financial hardship), for the individual:

Service type Children below school age School aged children
  CCS hourly rate cap ACCS hourly rate cap - 120% of the CCS hourly rate cap CCS hourly rate cap ACCS hourly rate cap - 120% of the CCS hourly rate cap
CBDC $11.77 $14.12* $10.29 $12.35*
OSHC $11.77 $14.12* $10.29 $12.35*
FDC CCS hourly rate cap: $10.90
ACCS hourly rate cap: $13.08*
IHC (per family) CCS hourly rate cap: $25.48
ACCS hourly rate cap: $30.58*

*This is the maximum amount that an individual may receive.

Note: The CCS hourly rate caps will be increased by the CPI at the commencement of each financial year. The figures in this section relate to the 2018-19 financial year (for CCS and ACCS purposes 2 July 2018 to 30 June 2019).

Payment rates where an approved provider is eligible for ACCS (child wellbeing)

Where an approved provider is eligible for ACCS (child wellbeing), the rate calculation is used as set out in FAAct Schedule 2 clause 8. In particular, a provider is paid the lower of:

  • the fee charged by the provider, or
  • 120% of the relevant CCS hourly rate cap.

Act reference: FAAct Schedule 2 clause 5 Amount of ACCS (child wellbeing), ACCS (temporary financial hardship) or ACCS (grandparent) for an individual, Schedule 2 clause 6 Hourly rate of ACCS (child wellbeing), ACCS (temporary financial hardship) or ACCS (grandparent), Schedule 2 clause 8 Amount of ACCS (child wellbeing) for an approved provider, Schedule 2 clause 9 Hourly rate of ACCS for a provider

Last reviewed: 2 July 2018