New Child Care Package for providers (from 2 July 2018)

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Australia has a new child care package, including the new Child Care Subsidy. The subsidy replaces the previous Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate and is paid directly to services.

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) balancing process (also known as reconciliation) for the 2018-19 financial year is underway. For more information visit our CCS balancing page.

The Child Care Subsidy is supported by a Child Care Safety Net which aims to give the most vulnerable children a strong start, while supporting parents into work.

Services have more flexibility and are able to set their hours of operation based on the needs of their community, with no minimum hour per day or days per week requirements. Services are still required to operate for a minimum of 48 weeks per year (or 7 weeks per year if the service only provides outside school hours care).

Eligibility requirements for child care providers

Further detail on Eligibility requirements for child care providers is available.

Child Care Subsidy balancing – what you need to know

The Child Care Subsidy balancing (also known as reconciliation) process for the 2018-19 financial year begins on 29 July 2019.

Child Care Provider Handbook

The Child Care Provider Handbook (the Handbook) is written for providers of early learning and child care.

The Child Care Subsidy System

The Child Care Subsidy System has replaced the Child Care Management System (CCMS).

Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy is the new way the Government will assist families with their child care fees.

Child Care Safety Net

The Child Care Safety Net includes additional assistance to services providing for the most vulnerable children.

In Home Care

In Home Care has been developed, and replaces the previous Nanny Pilot Programme and the previous In Home Care.

Compliance

Changes to the Family Assistance Law to reduce serious non-compliance and potential fraud in the Family Day Care sector.

Resources

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

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with New Child Care Package for providers (from 2 July 2018).

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  1. Activity test preschool exemption

    Created: 26 June 2018  |  Last modified: 20 February 2019

    Activity test preschool exemption

  2. Additional information about the Child Care Subsidy activity test

    Created: 8 March 2019

    Additional information about the Child Care Subsidy activity test which ensures that subsidised child care is available to support families who rely on child care to work, train...

  3. Aligning Child Care Subsidy Approval with National Law Approval

    Created: 3 December 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Explains the types of approvals child care providers must obtain to administer Australian Government child care fee assistance, as well as how they align to each other.

  4. CCS Fit and Proper Requirements for Community Organisations, Schools and Local Councils

    Created: 3 December 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Outlines the fitness and propriety requirements for people managing community organisations, schools or local councils that seek Child Care Subsidy Approval.

  5. Child Care Package brochure

    Created: 15 July 2019

    Key information of the child care package, including details about the Child Care Subsidy and the Child Care Safety Net.

  6. Child care package overview

    Created: 2 December 2015  |  Last modified: 9 October 2019

    Key information of the child care package, including details about the Child Care Subsidy, the Child Care Safety Net and Inclusion Support Program.

  7. Child Care Provider Governance Requirements

    Created: 3 December 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Provides information on the governance requirement for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) approved providers and the relevant information required in an application for CCS approval.

  8. Child Care Safety Net

    Created: 2 December 2015  |  Last modified: 23 August 2017

    Information on the Child Care Safety Net, a key element of the new child care package, including the Additional Child Care Subsidy, Community Child Care Fund and the Inclusion...

  9. Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Specified Personnel Quick Reference Guide

    Created: 7 November 2017  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Provides information on the roles and responsibilities of child care personnel types who must register for the Child Care Subsidy System.

  10. Child Care Subsidy Approval- Fit and Proper Requirements for Child Care Providers and their Personnel

    Created: 3 December 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Explains the fitness and propriety requirements that apply to child care providers and their personnel for Child Care Subsidy Approval.

  11. Child Care Subsidy Approval- Minimum operating periods- special circumstances requirements

    Created: 3 December 2018

    Explains the minimum operating periods for child care service types under the family assistance law and provides information on the cirumstances where these may be reduced for...

  12. Child Care Subsidy Approval- Provider and Service Eligibility Requirements

    Created: 3 December 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Explains the requirements that providers and services must meet to receive Child Care Subsidy Approval.

  13. Child Care Subsidy Approval- Requirements for Legal Entities, Ultimate Holding Entities, ABNs and Trustees

    Created: 3 December 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Explains the requirements for Child Care Subsidy Approval applications regarding an applicant's legal entity, ultimate holding entity, trustee and ABN status.

  14. Child Care Subsidy Approval- Software and Activation Codes Task Card

    Created: 20 April 2018  |  Last modified: 12 August 2019

    Explains how to obtain your child care software activation code which is required to connect your child care software to the Child Care Subsidy System. Can also be used if the...

  15. Child Care Subsidy Assessment Tips

    Created: 8 June 2018

    Child Care Subsidy Assessment Tips

  16. Child Care Subsidy minimum operating periods- special circumstance requirements fact sheet

    Created: 5 July 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Fact sheet on when services may operate less than the specified minimum operating period where it is determined that special circumstances exist that impact the service’s...

  17. Child Care Subsidy Service Types

    Created: 3 December 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Explains the different types of services that can be granted CCS approval under the family assistance law.

  18. Child Care Subsidy Specified Personnel Roles

    Created: 3 December 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Identifies the persons and details of relevant roles that must be included in a CCS Approval application or change of circumstances application. 

  19. Determining the difference between Centre-based Day Care and Outside School Hours Care

    Created: 3 December 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Explains how the Secretary will decide if a service approved as centre-based under the Education and Care Services National Law is A Centre-based Day Care service or an Outside...

  20. Evidence Requirements to support an Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) application

    Created: 8 May 2019

    To help providers gain relevant evidence from third parties in support of an Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) application for a determination.

  21. How to Submit an Application to Add a Child Care Service to a CCS Approval

    Created: 6 June 2018  |  Last modified: 2 August 2019

    Explains how to submit an application to add a new child care service to an existing provider approval.

  22. How To View Enrolment Status

    Created: 14 May 2018  |  Last modified: 9 July 2018

    Provides instructions on how to generate a report on the enrolment status of children

  23. Information for child care providers when a period of local emergency occurs

    Created: 24 July 2019

    This fact sheet provides general information to assist child care providers to meet their obligations regarding reporting of children’s absences from sessions of care during a...

  24. Key changes for services factsheet

    Created: 2 December 2015  |  Last modified: 20 December 2017

    Provides services with information about the new child care package and the key changes that will affect them.

  25. Mandatory Documents for Child Care Subsidy Approval Applications

    Created: 13 April 2018  |  Last modified: 6 August 2019

    Provides Child Care Subsidy (CCS) applicants with information about the documents they may be required to include with their application for CCS provider approval.

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