The Package design is based on the key recommendations from the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning released in February 2015.
The Inquiry took into account extensive feedback from families, service providers, early childhood education professionals and businesses.
The Australian Government will ensure that key stakeholders, particularly families and services, understand the changes and are confident in the new child care system.
Over the coming months, the Government will provide information to stakeholders about the changes including what will happen during the transition to the new system.
Key elements of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package are:
Commencing in July 2018, the new Child Care Subsidy will replace the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate with a single means-tested payment.
With some elements having commenced in July 2016, the Child Care Safety Net will provide targeted assistance for disadvantaged communities and vulnerable and at-risk children and their families to address barriers in accessing child care.