Re­bate to be re­placed

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE cur­rent child care re­bate sys­tem will be scrapped as of July 2 2018.

The cur­rent re­bate cov­ers 50% of child care fees to an an­nual cap of $7500.

It will be re­placed by a means-tested child care ben­e­fit.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment man­aged to pass its $1.6 bil­lion dol­lar pack­age through the Up­per House, which will cut sub­si­dies for house­holds earn­ing more than $350,000.

The child care pack­age will al­low a fam­ily earn­ing less than $65,000 to have 85% of their child­care bills paid for by govern­ment as­sis­tance.

At the mo­ment fam­i­lies get 24 hours of sub­sidised care (re­gard­less of work­ing sit­u­a­tions) but this will be cut to just 12 hours and will only be avail­able for those earn­ing less than $65,710 a year.

In or­der to pass the new test, par­ents will have to work, study or vol­un­teer at least eight hours a fort­night, and if they can’t do that, they will still re­ceive 12 hours of child care.

PHOTO: FILE

TALK­ING POINT: Child care changes are com­ing.

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