07 August 2013

More families opt for Labor's fortnightly child care pay

The popularity of the fortnightly Child Care Rebate is growing at a fast rate and has become the payment method of choice for new families entering the system.
Early Childhood and Child Care Minister Kate Ellis said around 80 per cent (145,000) of Australian families who started receiving the rebate last financial year had taken advantage of Federal Labor’s decision to allow for the payments to be received fortnightly. This includes fortnightly payments direct to families or to child care centres that pass on the subsidised charge to families.
Minister Ellis said the Child Care Rebate, which is not means tested, is part of Federal Labor’s record investment in child care.
“We’ve increased the Child Care Rebate from 30 to 50 per cent of out of pocket costs and increased the cap from $4,354 per child per year to $7,500 per child per year,” she said.
“We’ve made child care more affordable, more available and of higher quality. “The Rudd Labor Government will invest $25 billion over the next four years – more than triple that of the previous Coalition Government – into early childhood education and care.
“As a result of our policies, the number of children in approved child care has grown to more than one million.”

More information about the Child Care Rebate is available at: www.mychild.gov.au/childcarerebate/
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