Nearly one million families will benefit under our child care changes
The Liberal Government’s early education and care overhaul kicks in from 2 July and the changes will help tackle cost and deliver greater flexibility and accessibility.
We’re scrapping the rebate cap for families earning up to around $186,000
We’re re-targeting subsidies to families earning the least and to families working the most
Our new hourly fee cap will help put downward pressure on those fee increases
Our overhaul includes an extra $2.5 billion investment with nearly one million families set to benefit.
what you need to do now
Sign into your Centrelink online account through myGov
Select Complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment task
Work through the steps to provide new information and confirm your current details
Click to estimate your child care rebate
New Child Care Package
Find out more about the New Child Care Package, providing more support for more families:
Transitioning to the new Child Care Subsidy
From 2 July 2018, one new Child Care Subsidy will replace the two current child care payments.
This transition cannot happen automatically.
To transition, you will need to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment using your Centrelink online account through myGov. You should do this as soon as possible.
You will be asked to provide some new information and confirm your current details, including:
If families do not complete their assessment before 2 July 2018, they may not receive any child care fee assistance.
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:
A family’s annual adjusted taxable income will determine the percentage of subsidy they are eligible for
An activity test will 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.
More information about individual subsidy rates and annual cap changes is available in the New Child Care Package brochure.
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.