Treasurer Joe Hockey released the 2015 Budget last week. The Abbott Government believe their reforms will make the system simpler, and ensure child care is more affordable, accessible and flexible. The budget devotes an extra $3.5 billion to a revamped childcare system. The main points are summarised below.
A New Childcare Subsidy The new Child Care Subsidy will replace the confusing combination of the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance Programme.
It will target low-and-middle income earners, tapering from 85% for low-income families (those earning around $65,000 or less) to 50% for families earning around $170,000 or more, up to an hourly fee cap. Families will be able to access a single Child Care Subsidy from 1 July 2017. .
A family with both parents working 8 hours a fortnight each can have up to 36 hours of subsidised child care; families who work longer hours can have more child care hours subsidised. Volunteering, paid work and study all counts.
The Child Care Subsidy will subsidise 24 hours of child care a fortnight for low-income families with a parent who doesn’t work.Subsidised support for families included in the nanny trial will be based on the new Child Care Subsidy introduced on the 1st July 2015 and capped at $7 per hour per child.
Nanny Trial A $250 million Interim Home Based Carer Pilot Programme (Nannies Trial) to extend subsidy support to eligible families using nannies.The Nannies Trial will support care for around 10,000 children whose families find it difficult to access regular child care services. The nanny pilot will assist many shift working families who are currently unable to drop off or pick up their child from their childcare centre or Family Day Care.
Families earning less than $250,000 a year can apply. The trial will start on 1 January 2016 and finish two years later, on 31 December 2017.
Nannies must be attached to an approved service, be at least 18 years old, have a current Working with Children check, and be qualified to give first aid.
Families in Need Disadvantaged and vulnerable children will have better access to early childhood services through the Child Care Safety Net.
Pre-schools Children in all states and territories will be able to access 15 hours a week or 600 hours a year of preschool with a qualified early childhood teacher.
Childhood Immunisations The Government’s ‘No Jab, No Pay’ rule means that families who choose not to vaccinate their children will not be able to receive child care payments or the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement. This starts on 1 January 2016.
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Shortage of childcare in the city...
Yesterday, a group of parents held a meeting at Town Hall with the Lord Mayor and brought their babies, toddlers and children discussing the lack of childcare options in the city and inner city while proving it a little difficult to having meets with children. Click to read more.
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Paid Parental Leave
As of 1st January 2011, the government will pay parental leave of $570 a week before tax to all parents who have a child come into their care by birth or adoption. This amount is taxed and lasts for 18 weeks. For more information, please visit Family Assistance Office.
The Baby Bonus is still available. You need to evaluate whether the Paid Parental Leave payment or the Baby Bonus is better for your individual circumstance as you can only claim one or the other and NOT both.
The current Baby Bonus payment is $5000 paid in fortnightly installments and is available to all families with a taxable income of less than $75,000 fo the period of 6 months from the date of birth of the child or six months from the date that an adopted child entered into your care.