SUPPORTING AUSTRALIA’S FAMILIES
Making early childhood care simpler, more affordable, accessible and flexible, especially for families in need
Australia’s future depends on its families.
The Government is delivering a $4.4 billion Families Package to give parents more choice and opportunity to work, and to better support families and children in need.
The new Child Care Subsidy will replace the confusing combination of the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance Programme.
The subsidy will target low-and-middle income earners, tapering from 85% for low-income families to 50% for families earning around $170,000 or more, up to an hourly fee cap.
Children accessing these subsidies must be vaccinated under the new ‘No Jab, No Pay’ rule. Families who don’t immunise their children also won’t be able to get the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement.
A $26 million boost to the Immunise Australia programmes will be used to encourage doctors to vaccinate the children they treat in their practice.
The $869 million Child Care Safety Net will provide support to children in need, including vulnerable children, children in regional and remote areas, Indigenous communities and children with additional needs.
A two-year Nannies Trial will subsidise care by a nanny to around 10,000 children.
The trial will support families who struggle to access regular child care services.