The Australian government offers a Child Care Subsidy to make early learning more affordable for many Australians.
Government introduced Child Care Subsidy package replacing Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate.
There are basic requirements for an individual to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy for a child. These include:
– The age of child must be 13 or under and not attending a secondary school
– The child meeting immunisation requirements
– The individual, or their partner, meets the residency requirements
How does this work:
Child Care Subsidy depends on three factors:
Combined Family Income
Percentage of subsidy a family is entitled to is based on their combined annual income, with more financial support available to lower income families.
Please use the government link here to find out what your family may be entitled to
The numbers of hours of subsidised child care family have access to per fortnight is determined by a three-step activity test.
In two parent families both parents, unless exempt, must meet the activity test. In the case where both parents meet different steps of the activity test, the parent with the lowest entitlement determines the hours of subsidised care for the child.
More information is available from link here.
The maximum hourly rate the government will subsidise is based on the type of child care service.
The hourly rate caps is as below. Please click the link here for more information
A range of information resources are available to assist families and providers understand the details of the new package.
Please feel free to get in touch with government department or staff at Little Twinkle if need any assistance.