Australian Government Approval of Child Care Service Providers - Australian Government


You will need this approval if you intend to provide a child care service to families who intend to claim Child Care Subsidy (CCS). CCS is a payment made to families to assist with the costs of child care. Families are able to receive CCS where the care has been provided by a Commonwealth approved child care service. Classes of child care service that are eligible for this benefit include:

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

If you are granted approval for a family day care service you must provide the Agency with attendance reports that detail which educator provided care for the session. These reports are submitted using the Child Care Subsidy System and must contain the service provider personnel ID of the relevant educator.

If you operate an approved family day care service you must not provide care in a State or Territory other than those you are approved for unless an exemption has been granted by the Agency. Additionally, you, or your employees, are unable to provide care for your own child and claim CCS for that session.

More information about becoming an approved child care provider to administer CCS is available on the Australian Government Department of Education website.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements will vary depending on the type of child care service you intend to provide.

If you are seeking approval of either a centre-based day care or family day care service, you must ensure:

  • most of the children provided with care attend at least one day a week and have not commenced school
  • you will operate on all normal working days in at least 48 weeks of the year
  • you are able to provide care for any particular child for at least eight continuous hours on each normal working day you operate.

Other requirements apply if you are seeking approval for other eligible services.

You can check your eligibility on the agency website.


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Act(s) name

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) (Child Care Benefit - Statements) Rules 2009 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Education

Early Childhood and Youth

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