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What is the Australian Government’s Child Care Subsidy System?

VIDEO DET website - New Child Care Package - Overview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DET website - New Child Care Package for providers (from 2 July 2018)

This resource explains Australia’s new child care package, including the new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the previous Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate and is paid directly to services.

DET website – New Child Care Package – Information resources for providers

Resources to assist child care providers in understanding the details of the new child care package; including videos, presentations and factsheets.

DET Website - New Child Care Package – Frequently asked questions

There are three main elements that make up the Australian Government’s child care subsidy system:

  1. Child Care Subsidy

  2. Child Care Safety Net

  3. Child Care Subsidy System

 

The first two elements are forms of financial assistance, and the third is the system that supports the administration of this financial assistance. Each element is described in more detail in the following sections.

(Reference: Child Care Provider Handbook page 6-7)

Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy is the regular payment that assists most families with the costs of child care. Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to providers in most cases, to be passed on to families as a fee reduction. It will reduce the fees that a family pays a child care provider for the care of their child.

VIDEO DET website – New Child Care Package – Child Care Subsidy

DET website - Child Care Subsidy

Introduction to the Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the previous Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit.

 Child Care Safety Net 

The Child Care Safety Net provides targeted assistance to vulnerable and at-risk children and their families. It also supports child care services in disadvantaged communities to address barriers in accessing and participating in early learning and care.

The Child Care Safety Net has a number of components:

  • Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) - provides a higher level of subsidy to support.

  • Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) - eligible child care providers are able to apply for supplementary funding through a grants program.

  • Inclusion Support Program - helps early learning and child care providers to build their capacity and capability to include children with additional needs in mainstream services.

DET website - Child Care Safety Net
Detailed information on the Child Care Safety Net.

 

Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS)

VIDEO DET website – New Child Care Package – Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS)

HANDBOOK - Guide to Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS)

A guide to the Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) available to vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the community. This guide should be used in conjunction with the Child Care Provider Handbook.

DET website – Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS)
Information on the different services offered under the Additional Child Care Subsidy, including ACCS (Child Wellbeing), ACCS (Grandparent), ACCS (Temporary Financial Hardship), and ACCS (Transition to work).

 

FACT SHEET – What is the Additional Child Care Subsidy (Child Wellbeing)?
Information on eligibility and hours of ACCS available to eligible families.

FACT SHEET - What is the Additional Child Care Subsidy (Grandparent)?
A payment from the Australian Government to help grandparents on income support who are the principal carers of their grandchild(ren) with the cost of child care.

 

FACT SHEET - What is the Additional Child Care Subsidy (Temporary Financial Hardship)?

A short-term payment from the Australian Government to help families experiencing significant financial stress with the cost of child care.

 

FACT SHEET - What is the Additional Child Care Subsidy (Transition to Work)?
A payment from the Australian Government to help families with the cost of child care while they are transitioning to work from income support payments by engaging in work, study or training activities.

Community Child Care Fund (CCCF)

DET Website - Community Child Care Fund (CCCF)
Special Circumstances funding is available to support the continuity of child care, in particular within disadvantaged or vulnerable communities.

FACT SHEET - CCCF Special Circumstances Funding
Introduction to the CCCF Special Circumstances Funding, including the purpose, eligibility and assessment.

GUIDELINES - CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity Guidelines
This document provides guidelines for the CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity, including eligibility and assessment.

 

DET website – CCCF Business Support
Under the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) program, funding is available to provide business support for eligible child care services, experiencing financial viability and/or sustainability issues.

FACT SHEET - Is your service eligible for Business Support under the Community Child Care Fund?
Community Child Care Fund Business Support (Business Support) is a free business review and advice service that is provided by the of Department of Education and Training to eligible approved child care services

Child Care Subsidy System

The Child Care Subsidy System provides a simple and easy user interface for families and child care providers. It is designed to simplify, streamline and automate the administration of child care payments and programs, and to support compliance with the legislation.

DET web site – Child Care Subsidy System
Simple introduction to the Child Care Subsidy System interface for providers and families.

FACT SHEET - Child Care Subsidy System

An introduction to the Child Care Subsidy System, including the benefits for child care providers and families as well as benefits of third party software.

NHVic CCS Financial Calculator

See how becoming a CCS provider can financially benefit your organisation. Notes: This calculator has been produced to provide a financial guestimate, it is not intended as financial advice.​ Be sure to read the notes on worksheet 3 on this document before you edit. There is no protection on this document and any aspect can be edited. It is, however, best to just enter data by using the drop box in the blue fields on page 1, the 'User Defined' page.

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