Shepparton News

Extra child care support

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CANBERRA: The Federal Government has brought forward an increase in the childcare subsidy that was due to start in July next year to March.

Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge said about 250,000 families would benefit from the increased subsidy and by more than $2200 a year on average.

He said the government has been able to work across department­s and service providers to make necessary technical changes sooner than was planned.

A family earning $110,000 a year with two children in care, four days a week, will be better off by about $100 each week.

The $10,655 annual subsidy cap will also be scrapped on December 10, 2021, and applied retrospect­ively for the 2021-22 financial year.

‘‘From now, families can have that confidence that this financial year they will not hit that cap and they are not ever going to hit that again,’’ he said.

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