Coalition child care package to deliver highest rate of subsidy to those on the lowest income levels

Overhaul: Lyne MP David Gillespie says local families using child care should be reassured relief is around the corner with the Coalition government's overhaul of the package.
Overhaul: Lyne MP David Gillespie says local families using child care should be reassured relief is around the corner with the Coalition government's overhaul of the package.

About 4100 families in our electorate will be better off from the federal Coalition government’s child care overhaul.

The new child care package will provide the greatest hours of support to the families who work the longest hours. 

We know the cost pressures families face so we’ve taken action to overhaul a broken system. Families using child care should be reassured that relief is around the corner. The child care changes are focused on helping the families who need it most.

Almost one million families will benefit from: our additional $2.5 billion investment and comprehensive changes to the subsidy system; our new hourly rate cap to put downward pressure on fee increases; the end of the $7613 annual rebate cap for families earning up to about $185,000, so they won’t run out of subsidy mid-year as happens now.

With 1.15 million Australian families set to access child care next year, it’s important families have the opportunity to plan for the changes. 

I urge you to visit our child care estimator, plug in your details and see exactly how they’re set to benefit.

The Coalition government’s child care package also includes: increasing Australia’s investment in early childhood education and care by $2.5 billion so that almost one million Australian families benefit; Introducing a better targeted activity test to ensure taxpayer subsidised child care places are targeted to those who depend on it in order to work, or work more hours; increasing the base subsidy from about 72 per cent to 85 per cent for the more than 370,000 families earning about $65,000 or less a year; families, earning up to around $185,000, will no longer be limited by an annual $7613 cap on the amount of subsidised child care they can access – families earning more than $185,000 will also benefit from an increased cap of $10,000; a $1.2 billion Child Care Safety Net will support vulnerable children and families who need extra support.

More information on the Coalition Government’s new child care reforms can be found at: www.education.gov.au/childcare    

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