Around 700,000 Australian families will be able to elect to have the Child Care Rebate paid fortnightly and in many cases weekly, from this July.
Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis welcomed the passage of the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Rebate) Bill through the Senate today.
Ms Ellis said that the legislation means parents won’t have to wait until the end of the quarter to receive their Child Care Rebate payments but can access the payments at the time they incur their child care costs.
“Labor is delivering on our pre-election commitment so that from July this year, families will have more choice than ever before in how and when they receive child care assistance.
“Parents and the child care sector told us that a more regular payment of the Child Care Rebate would help families to better manage the costs of child care and the pressure this can place on the family budget.
“The Government has listened to parents about what would work best for them and today is an important step in delivering the reforms that they have called for.
“Families who choose to receive more regular payment of the Child Care Rebate will also be able to elect to have the payment made directly to their child care service and receive an immediate reduction on their child care bills,” Ms Ellis said.
This important legislation builds on other significant improvements to the Child Care Rebate already made by the Australian Government.
The Government has helped parents meet the costs of child care by increasing the Rebate from 30 to 50 per cent out of pocket expenses, up to an annual cap of $7,500 per child.
The Australian Government is also investing a record $18.2 billion on child care over the next four years to improve access, quality and affordability.
Families can contact the Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50 to find out more about the Child Care Rebate or visit the www.mychild.gov.aufor more information.