Child­care sub­si­dies to be amal­ga­mated

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

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.”

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