Get ready for the new Child Care Subsidy
I would like to make all readers aware that from 2 July 2018, the child care fee assistance families receive will change. From that date, one new Child Care Subsidy will replace the two current child care payments. The package is aimed to help parents with children aged 0-13 work, train, study and volunteer.
Families earning $186,958 or less will have no cap on the amount of Child Care Subsidy they can claim. Families earning over that amount and under $351,248 will benefit from an increase in the current cap of $7,613 to $10,190 per child, per year. Other factors that will affect the level of Child Care Subsidy include:
An activity test to determine how many hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight and
The type of child care service will determine the hourly rate cap.
It is important to be aware that the transition will not happen automatically. Eligible families will need to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment using their Centrelink online account through myGov.
A summary of what you need to do is shown below.