The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

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 increased by the CPI at the commencement of each financial year.

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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