Podcast: Child Care Subsidy

From 2 July 2018, Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy will replace the current child care payments. Listen to find out what these changes mean for you.

In this podcast, Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen and Gabi from the New Child Care Subsidy team discuss the changes, and explain what you need to do to transition to Child Care Subsidy.

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“Child Care Subsidy replaces the current child care fee assistance,” Gabi said.

“It’s a means tested payment, so it now depends on your income and your activity, the type of child care you use and the age of your child.”

Some families may also be eligible for an additional subsidy.

“Additional Child Care Subsidy replaces current payments such as the JET Child Care Fee Assistance program, Special Child Care Benefit, and Grandparent Child Care Benefit,” Gabi said.

“This is extra help for grandparents, families transitioning to work and those families experiencing temporary financial hardship.”

Families need to complete their Child Care Subsidy assessment online now. If they don’t, they’ll have to pay their child care fees in full from 2 July.

“To transition from the current child care payments to Child Care Subsidy, you will need to use your Centrelink online account through myGov,” Gabi said.

“For families who currently get a payment for approved child care, a task will appear in their online account. We need these families to complete this task by providing some new information and confirming their current details.”

The podcast includes these topics:

  • What Child Care Subsidy is
  • How Child Care Subsidy works, and
  • What you need to do to transition to Child Care Subsidy.

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