New Child Care Package – transition for families

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On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy will replace the current child care fee assistance payments. Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce the fees you pay. 

In April 2018 all families currently in receipt of Child Care Benefit and/or Child Care Rebate for approved care will receive a Centrelink letter about transitioning to the Child Care Subsidy.

You should follow the instructions in your letter and go online to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim for Child Care Subsidy as soon as possible.

From April 2018 

All families currently in receipt of Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate can continue to claim these payments for approved child care used up until 1 July 2018.

If you currently receive:

Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate as a fee reduction for approved care

You will need to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment by providing your 2018-19 family income estimate, your activity details, child school status and confirming your child’s enrolment. These details can be provided through your Centrelink online account via my.gov.au or through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

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Child Care Benefit as a lump sum

You will need to complete a full Child Care Subsidy claim online. If eligible and entitled, your Child Care Subsidy will commence on 2 July 2018 and will be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce your child care fees. You should complete your claim for Child Care Subsidy online as soon as possible, as from 2 July 2018, new claims can only be backdated up to 28 days. You will need to go to my.gov.au and use your Centrelink online account to claim. If you do not already have a myGov account, you can create one at my.gov.au and link it to your Centrelink online account.

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Grandparent Child Care Benefit

You will already have received a letter from Centrelink outlining the new evidentiary requirements for the Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent). You will need to go online to provide your Child Care Subsidy information and apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent) – this is when the documentary evidence to confirm your relationship to your grandchild and that you have 65% or more care of your grandchild will be required.

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Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA)

You will need to complete an online assessment for Child Care Subsidy. You will then receive a second letter from Centrelink in June 2018 setting out how to apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy (transition to work).

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Special Child Care Benefit (financial hardship)

You will need to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment. If you are assessed as eligible for the Child Care Subsidy, you will be able to apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship) online from 2 July 2018.

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You will be informed of your eligibility and entitlement to the Child Care Subsidy after you complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim online.

New families 

If your child is starting approved child care from April 2018

You will be able to complete a combined online claim for Child Care Benefit and Child Care Subsidy from April 2018. If assessed as eligible and entitled for both, you will receive Child Care Benefit until 1 July 2018 and then Child Care Subsidy from 2 July 2018.

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If your child is starting approved child care from July 2018

You will be able to complete a claim for Child Care Subsidy online from April 2018 and if assessed as eligible and entitled Child Care Subsidy will be paid on your behalf to your approved child care provider from 2 July 2018.

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Information about the Child Care Subsidy for new families can be found on the Department of Human Services website.

Estimating Child Care Subsidy

You can get an estimate of what your family may be entitled to by entering your details into the Department of Human Services Payment and Service Finder.

What happens if I do not complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim before 2 July 2018?

It is important that your family takes action now to prepare for the Child Care Subsidy to ensure your eligibility and entitlement is assessed. You should complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim before 2 July 2018 to ensure you don’t miss out on child care fee assistance from 2 July 2018. The new subsidy cannot be paid to your service on your behalf if you do not take action.

Assistance in finding suitable child care

The MyChild website can assist families in finding suitable child care.

Resources

A range of information resources are available to assist families in understanding the details of the new package.