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More child care options helping young families

New fortnightly payments of the child care rebate are helping more than 270,000 families manage the costs of care.

Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care Kate Ellis and Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr said today that more families are choosing to receive their Child Care Rebate payments fortnightly.

“Being able to receive the Child Care Rebate fortnightly – at the time the bills are coming in – is making it easier for families to manage their out of pocket costs,” Ms Ellis said.

“Under the Howard Government, parents were waiting a full year before receiving this critical child care assistance – placing unnecessary extra pressure on the cost of living.

“Now families can chose to receive the payment yearly, quarterly and fortnightly which means parents can choose what works best for their family.”

Previously, a family earning $80,000 with one child in full time care would be paying more than $240 per week in out-of-pocket cost until they receive the rebate at the end of every year.

With fortnightly payments in place that same family's out-of-pocket costs reduces to just over $138 per week.

“This Government is committed to providing real help for Australian families. Over the next four years around 800,000 Australian families will receive $18.1 billion in child care payments through the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate,” Senator Carr said.

“The payment is designed to help people juggle work and family life. That’s why it makes sense to have options. More than a quarter of families have chosen the Child Care Rebate fortnightly payment option since it was introduced in July last year.

 “People who are working, training or studying may receive the Child Care Rebate. We want this payment to help people in a range of situations, and be as practical as possible.  

 “That’s why families can now update their Child Care Rebate payment option for the 2012-13 financial year online or using phone self service.”

Families can choose to have their Child Care Rebate paid fortnightly direct to their child care service provider or into their nominated account, or access existing quarterly or annual payment options.

 To find out more about the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate visit humanservices.gov.au or call 13 6150.

 

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