Child Care Safety Net

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The Child Care Safety Net is being progressively rolled out from July 2016 to give the most vulnerable children a strong start, while supporting parents into work.

The Child Care Safety Net has three components and provides extra support for:

  1. Additional Child Care Subsidy

    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 who require practical help to support their children's safety and wellbeing.
    • 'Grandparents': Grandparents in receipt of income support who 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.
  2. Community Child Care Fund

    Under the Community Child Care Fund, eligible child care services will be able to apply for supplementary funding 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.

    Connected Beginnings

    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.

  3. Inclusion Support Programme

    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 child per fortnight without having to meet the activity test, as part of the Child Care Safety Net.

Resources

A range of information resources are available to assist families and providers understand the details of the new child care package.