New Childcare Package
The Australian Government’s New Child Care Package (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) is commencing from July 2018. This will result in a number of changes to how child care subsidies are paid in Australia.
The new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will be one payment made directly to the child care service (Oac) and then passed through to families. The percentage that you will be eligible to receive will be based on three factors:
- Combined family income
- Activity level of families – activity level is the ‘recognised activities’ that enables a family to claim a subsidy (eg: work, study or training) up to a maximum of 100 hours per fortnight based on the parent with the least number of hours
- Type of childcare – for Oac this is Long Day Care services and the hourly rate is capped at $11.77
A Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator has been provided to assist in working out the impact to your individual situation. We encourage all our families to review this ‘Subsidy Estimator’ so that you are well informed on what this change means for you.
Be ready for the Child Care Subsidy
All families wishing to receive the Child Care Subsidy will be required to have a myGov Account by the 31st June 2018 and have linked Centrelink to their account. A communication from the Government will be sent to all families from April.What you need to do
Family Information Webinars
The Department of Education and Training is providing family webinars to help families understand what they need to do to transition to the new package. These are happening throughout April and May.Register here
Looking for more information
Call the Centrelink Family and Parent Line – 136 150 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm)