Childcare subsidies to be amalgamated
CHILDCARE providers are urging parents to get their paperwork completed in time for Centrelink’s overhaul of the Child Care Benefit and Rebate schemes, or face missing out on entitlements.
Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre administration officer Paula Vaughan said from July 2 there would be a new child care entitlements system in place.
“The current two schemes are going to be amalgamated into one child care subsidy,” he said.
The July start of the new scheme coincides with the begin- ning of the school holidays. As one of the coordinators of the centre’s school holiday program, Mrs Vaughan is worried parents could miss out on subsidy entitlements if they had not updated their details with Centrelink.
“Anyone not already enrolled with us who is wanting to enrol for these school holidays will need to apply for the new subsidy,” Mrs Vaughan said.
“They can do this by going online to their MyGov account, and filling in details of their income estimate, hours they do recognised activity like work or volunteering, as well as the type of childcare they use.”
Parents of children with special needs or disabilities will be able to access the Additional Childcare Subsidy.
Mrs Vaughan said centre staff had undergone training on the new software to bring the centre up to speed and ready in time for the changeover.
“The new system is meant to be far more comprehensive and inclusive for parents,” she said.
“Once they’ve completed their paperwork, parents just need to remember to log back in to their MyGov to accept the level of care they’re offered, so they can transition smoothly into the new package.”