Have you heard about the New Child Care Package?21 December 2017
From 2 July 2018, there will be a New Child Care Package. The Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit will be replaced by a single Child Care Subsidy. It will be paid directly to services.
Under the new arrangements, there will be more support for more Australian families, with most lower and middle-income families eligible to receive a higher subsidy than they do now. Families earning less than $185,710 will have no annual subsidy cap on the amount of child care they can claim, while those earning over $185,710 and under $350,000 will benefit from an increase in the current cap of $7,613 to $10,000 per child, per year.
The level of Child Care Subsidy that family’s may be entitled to will depend on the family’s combined income, the activity level of both parents, or the sole parent in a sole parent family, and the type of child care the family uses. The Package will also include a safety net to ensure that children in Australia’s most vulnerable families and communities have the opportunity to access quality early learning and child care.
Families should start thinking about how the changes will affect them. More information about what families need to do will be made available from April 2018.
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