From 2 July 2018, there will be a New Child Care Package, providing more support for more families.
Child Care Subsidy
The package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to services.There are also changes to the annual cap which will make child care more affordable for most families. Three things will determine a family's level of Child Care Subsidy:
Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy for a child. These include:
- the age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school)
- the child meeting immunisation requirements
- the individual, or their partner, meeting the residency requirements.
The Child Care Safety Net
The package includes a $1.2 billion Safety Net to give the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, including those from regional and remote communities, a strong start through access to quality early learning and child care.
Will my fees change?
Unfortunately, given the large-scale changes that are being made, there is no way to answer consistently that for all our families. We do recommend that you use the calculator that has been made available to estimate your fees once the changes occur.
The current arrangements don't change until 2 July 2018. More information about what families need to do to prepare for the change will be available in early 2018.
Family Webcast Information Sessions
The Department of Education and Training is hosting three Family Webcast Information Sessions to help families learn about the New Child Care Package starting on 2 July 2018. The free online sessions will help families understand how the Package will impact them and the amount of subsidy they may be eligible to receive. Families are encouraged to participate in one of the sessions to ensure they have the most accurate and up-to-date information.The event will also include a question and answer session. Families can ask questions or submit comments through the live chat functionality. To register for one of the sessions, please visit: education.gov.au/childcare and click on the date that suits you best: