More sup­port for fam­i­lies

Western Times - - NEWS -

PAR­ENTS and car­ers have just days left to sign up to the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment’s new child care sys­tem, which will de­liver more sup­port for more fam­i­lies.

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Si­mon Birm­ing­ham said re­lief for fam­i­lies with the costs of child care was start­ing on Sun­day.

“On av­er­age, el­i­gi­ble fam­i­lies will be $1333 a year bet­ter off per child un­der the Turn­bull gov­ern­ment’s re­forms but fam­i­lies need to make the switch to the new sys­tem or they risk dis­rupt­ing their pay­ments,” Mr Birm­ing­ham said.

“We’re in­vest­ing an ex­tra $2.5 bil­lion and over­haul­ing the sys­tem by re-tar­get­ing sub­si­dies to fam­i­lies work­ing the most and to fam­i­lies earn­ing the least, abol­ish­ing the an­nual re­bate cap for most fam­i­lies and in­tro­duc­ing an hourly rate cap to put downward pres­sure on fee in­creases.

Min­is­ter for Hu­man Ser­vices Michael Keenan said switch­ing over was a sim­ple process.

“We’ve seen al­most 940,000 fam­i­lies al­ready switch over to the new sys­tem or about 80.8 per cent, which is fan­tas­tic, but there are still some fam­i­lies that need to com­plete their on­line as­sess­ment,” Mr Keenan said.

Mr Birm­ing­ham said the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment didn’t want to see low and mid­dle in­come fam­i­lies miss out and then have to pay full fees.

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