Hank Jongen is General Manager at the Department of Human Services.
The new Child Care Subsidy will require families to update their information for relevant assessment by the Department of Human Services.
The Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate will be replaced with a single means-tested subsidy, the Child Care Subsidy, from 2 July 2018.
The Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to child care services to reduce the out-of-pocket costs for families.
The amount of subsidy your clients may be eligible for will depend on:
their family income;
an activity test;
the type of child care service they use; and
the age of their child.
Your client can estimate how much Child Care Subsidy they may be eligible for by using the Payment and Service Finder on the Department of Human Services’ website – humanservices.gov.au/paymentfinder
If they currently receive the Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate for approved care, they will have received a letter from the Department in April asking them to complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment.
This will help the Department check if they are eligible for the new Child Care Subsidy and work out how much their subsidy will be.
To complete their assessment, your client will need to sign into their Centrelink online account through myGov and select the complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment task.
They will then need to work through the steps by providing the Department with new information and confirming their details in the prefilled sections.
Information we require includes:
an estimate of their family income for 2018-2019;
their activity level;
the school status of their child; and
confirmation of their child’s enrolment details.
We encourage your clients to complete their assessment as soon as possible to avoid paying child care fees in full from 2 July 2018.