Child Care Safety Net

For: 

The Child Care Safety Net gives the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, as well as those from regional and remote communities, a strong start through access to quality early childhood education and care.

Additional Child Care Subsidy

The Additional Child Care Subsidy is a top up payment in addition to the Child Care Subsidy which provides additional fee assistance to families and children facing barriers to accessing affordable child care.

  • 'Child Wellbeing': Families who need practical help to support their children's safety and wellbeing.
  • 'Grandparents': Grandparents who receive income support and are the principal carer 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.
     

Community Child Care Fund

Eligible services can apply for funding under the new Community Child Care Fund (CCCF). The CCCF provides grants to child care services to reduce barriers to accessing child care, particularly in disadvantaged, regional or remote communities.

In particular, grants under the CCCF:

  • support the longer-term sustainability of eligible child care services
  • reduce barriers in accessing child care
  • support services to increase participation by Indigenous children
  • provide support for child care services experiencing viability issues and at risk of closure resulting from certain circumstances, or events beyond their control, i.e. extreme weather events, natural disasters and pandemics
  • provide capital support to increase the supply of child care places or services in areas of limited supply following market failure.

Connected Beginnings

The Connected Beginnings 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.

  • sustainability support for child care services experiencing viability issues
  • community support to reduce barriers in accessing child care
  • capital support to increase the supply of child care places in areas of high unmet demand.

Inclusion Support Program

The Inclusion Support Program 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

Families who earn $69,390 or less a year are able to access 24 hours of subsided care per child per fortnight without having to meet the activity test..

Resources

A range of information resources are available to assist families and providers understand the details of the Child Care Package.