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Family Day Care fees

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a payment made by the Commonwealth Government to help families with the cost of quality care. To register for CCS, please contact the Family Assistance office on 136 150. Find out more about the CCS on the Department of Human Services website.

When you have been assessed according to your income level, you will only pay the educator the discounted fee at the end of each week.

Note: If payment is not made at the end of each week, care may stop until debt is paid.

Booked Care Casual Care Public Holiday Service Fee (retained by co-ordination unit)

Standard Hours

7.30 am - 5.30 pm
Monday to Friday
$9.20 per hour

Standard Hours

7.30 am - 5.30 pm
Monday to Friday
$11.20 per hour

All care provided on a
public holiday

= $16.60 per hour

Hourly rate includes a service fee of $1.80

Non Standard Hours

All hours before 7.30 am and
after 5.30 pm Monday to Friday

Plus Weekend hours
= $12.90 per hour

Non Standard Hours

5.30 pm - 7.30 am
Monday to Friday

= $13.70 per hour


There is a minimum booking of hours per day (excludes casual care) – five hours for non school children and two hours for school children.

Meals and travel

  • Breakfast = $4.00
  • Lunch = $4.00
  • Dinner = $5.00
  • Snacks = $3.00 (Each) -- Max. 2 per day
  • Travel is calculated each day $3.20 every 5 km. Travel to school and kindergarten is charged only on one child per family if all attend the same venue.

Communication fee (booked care only)

Failure to notify the educator of any changes prior to 15 minutes of the booked time may attract a penalty rate of $5.00.

Note: CCS is not paid on the penalty rate.

Absences and absence fees

  • All absences are charged at the normal rate. CCS is paid for 42 absences across all services per financial year. This includes public holidays, illness, curriculum days etc.
  • CCS can’t be claimed for absences taken for more than 6 consecutive weeks.

School holiday care

Some families only need school holiday care while some use care all year.

Children in before/after school care who also book school holiday care need to give educators notice if they will be absent. They must give one weeks’ notice before the school holidays start and will be charged the normal before/after school care fees. If they give less than a week’s notice, they will be charged for a full holiday care day.

If school holiday care is required and a public holiday falls in that time – an absence fee will still be charged.

If families only book care for school holidays – 4 weeks’ notice needs to be given or absence fees will be charged.

Note: New booking or change of booking – you will receive an online Complying Written Arrangement (CWA) from the office. You will need to accept or decline.

Back up care

Families can book back up care when their regular educator is not available. Once this booking has been made, an absence fee will be applied if the child is absent. This agreement excludes public holidays.

CCS can only be paid towards one educator/service. If you have booked back up care but want to return to your regular educator, and there is an overlap in booking, both fees must be paid. CCS will only be applied to one payment.

Termination of care

Either parent or educator must give one week’s notice.

Note: CCS can't be claimed for holding fees ending with an absence.

Availability of educator

If the educator is unavailable to provide the care – no fee is charged.

Fee schedule

Download the 2019 fee schedule (effective from 1 July 2019).

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