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Affordable, accessible child care
The recently legislated Jobs for Families package will ease cost of living pressures for around one million families
The Government has delivered on its commitment to provide more affordable and more accessible child care through the recently legislated Jobs for Families Child Care Package.
From 2017-18 to 2020-21, the Government will invest $37.3 billion in child care, including before and after school care, to ease cost of living pressures for around one million Australian families.
The Jobs for Families Child Care Package will support workforce participation and place downward pressure on fees, while also providing early learning opportunities for children.
From 2 July 2018, the Child Care Subsidy will provide more support for the families who need it the most.
The single simplified, means-tested Child Care Subsidy will replace the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance Programme.
The Child Care Subsidy will ensure families on low to middle incomes of $185,710 or less (in 2017-18 terms) who need to use more child care will not face an annual cap. An annual cap of $10,000 will apply to families earning more than $185,710 (in 2017-18 terms).
From 2 July 2018, the new Child Care Subsidy will provide more support for families who need it the most.
Child Care Subsidy
|Combined Family Income
(in 2017-18 terms)
|Subsidy per ent of the actual fee charged
(up to relevant percentage of the hourly rate cap)
|Up to $65,710||85 per cent|
|More than $65,710 to below $170,710||Tapering to 50 per cent|
|$170,710 to below $250,000||50 per cent|
|$250,000 to below $340,000||Tapering to 20 per cent|
|$340,000 to below $350,000||20 per cent|
The Government will provide $428 million to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education for the 2018 school year so that children in the earliest years have access to 15 hours per week of a quality preschool education in the year before they begin school.