Jobs for Families Child Care Package


The Australian Government has committed extra funding to make child care more affordable, more accessible, and more flexible through the Jobs for Families Child Care Package. The Package represents the most significant reform to the early education and care system in 40 years and will better target childcare support to those who want or need to work, or who want to work more. It will give around one million Australian families relief from out-of-pocket child care cost pressures and provide more children with the opportunity to benefit from early education.

The key elements of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package are:

  • The Child Care Subsidy
    • 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.
  • The Child Care Safety Net
    • With some elements commencing 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 ensure they get a strong start while supporting parents to enter the workforce.

The package represents the Government’s response to recommendations from the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning, which took into account a wide range of input from families, service providers, early childhood education professionals and businesses.

Jobs for Families Child Care Package Fact Sheets

These fact sheets have been updated to reflect 2016 Budget announcements.