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1.1.H.20 Hourly rate caps (CCS)


The hourly rate caps place an upper limit on the amount of CCS the Australian Government will provide for sessions of care (1.1.S.40) delivered by each type of approved child care service (1.1.A.90). The CCS hourly rate caps are used in combination with a family's CCS applicable percentage (1.1.A.70) to calculate the amount of subsidy per hour a family is entitled (1.1.E.30) to receive for all the hours in a session of care. CCS is calculated as a percentage of the actual fee charged, or of the relevant hourly rate cap (whichever is lower).

The hourly rate caps are:

Service type Hourly rate cap (children below school age) ($) Hourly rate cap (school aged children) ($)
CBDC 12.20 10.67
OSHC 12.20 10.67
FDC 11.30
IHC (per family) 33.17

Note: The hourly rate caps will be increased by the CPI at the commencement of each financial year. The figures in this topic relate to the 2020-21 financial year (to take effect on 13 July 2020 for CCS and ACCS purposes).

For more information on how hourly rate caps are applied, see 3.5.3.

Act reference: FAAct Schedule 2 Part 1 Amount of CCS

CCSMinRules section 16 Determining hourly rate cap that applies for a session of care

Policy reference: FA Guide 1.1.C.18 Child attends school (CCS, ACCS), 1.1.I.70 Income thresholds (CCS), 3.5 CCS entitlement, 3.5.3 CCS - hourly rate caps

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