The Child Care Safety Net has three components:
It provides extra support for:
The Additional Child Care Subsidy is a top up payment in addition to the Child Care Subsidy which will provide targeted additional fee assistance to families and children facing barriers in accessing affordable child care.
- 'Child Wellbeing': Families that require practical help to support their children's safety and wellbeing.
- 'Grandparent': Grandparents on income support who are the primary caregiver of their grandchildren.
- 'Temporary Financial Hardship': Short-term increased child care fee assistance for families who are experiencing significant financial stress due to exceptional circumstances.
- 'Transition to Work': Parents transitioning to work from income support.
Under the Community Child Care Fund, eligible child care services were able to apply for supplementary funding through a grants program to:
- reduce the barriers in accessing child care, in particular for disadvantaged or vulnerable families and communities
- provide sustainability support for child care services experiencing viability issues
- provide capital support to increase the supply of child care places in areas of high unmet demand.
As part of the Community Child Care Fund, the Connected Beginnings program commenced in July 2016.
The program provides for the integration of child care, maternal and child health, and family support services in a number of Indigenous communities experiencing disadvantage, as recommended by Andrew Forrest in his review of Indigenous jobs and training - Creating Parity.
The Inclusion Support Programme assists mainstream services to improve their capacity and capability to provide inclusive practices and address barriers to participation for children with additional needs, particularly children with disability.
Subsidised Care for Low Income Families
From July 2018, low income families on $65,710 or less a year who do not meet the Activity Test will be able to access 24 hours of subsided care per fortnight without having to meet the Activity Test, as part of the Child Care Safety Net.
A range of information resources are available to assist families and providers understand the details of the new system.