The More Affordable Childcare scheme offers two types of subsidies — universal and means-tested. The universal subsidy has been available since the start of this month. However, the rollout of the means-tested subsidy has been postponed — due to a delay with the development of an IT system on which parents are expected to be able to apply for the means-tested subsidy online.
Zappone has indicated that it will be next year before this subsidy will be available. In the meantime, there has been an increase in the means-tested childcare subsidies already available to families on low incomes, or who are training or returning to work. These higher means-tested subsidies fall under the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS), Community Childcare Subvention Private (CCSP), and the Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) schemes.
There are about 9,000 families which would qualify for the More Affordable Childcare scheme’s means-tested subsidies if they were in place — but whose income means they don’t currently qualify for subsidies under the CCS, CCSP or TEC schemes. These parents won’t be able to get a subsidy — apart from the universal one — until the new means-tested subsidies are rolled out.