On 7 December 2018 the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, announced the In Home Care (IHC) Family Hourly Rate Cap would increase to $32.00, effective 1 January 2019. The Minister also announced the number of IHC places would increase to 3200, also effective 1 January 2019.
New Child Care Package (from 2 July 2018)
Australia has a new child care package, including the new Child Care Subsidy. The subsidy replaces the previous Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate and is paid directly to services.
The PEP is used to access the Child Care Subsidy System (CCSS) for the administration of the Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
The Applying for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Approval Webpage provides information on how to apply for approval under the Family Assistance Law for the purpose of administering Australian Government child care fee assistance to eligible families.
The Child Care Provider Handbook (the Handbook) is written for providers of early learning and child care.
The Guide to ACCS (child wellbeing) contains information for child care providers and services involved in the administration of ACCS (child wellbeing).
The department held an information session for providers/services on the new guide on 22 June 2018.
The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Restricted Non-Competitive Grants – A Guide for Services provides services with practical guidance on complying with requirements and meeting obligations under the CCCF Restricted non-competitive grant agreement.
Previous child care system (until 1 July 2018)
The previous child care system (until 1 July 2018) was replaced on 2 July 2018 with a new child care package.
The provider resource page has a range of information, including videos, presentations, factsheets and taskcards.