Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic says that the Gillard Labor Government will make a record investment in early childhood education and care this financial year, while continuing to make practical improvements that will help families manage the costs of care.
This week marks the three year anniversary of the Government’s decision to increase the Child Care Rebate payment from 30 to 50 percent of parent’s out-of-pocket costs up to a cap of $7,500 per child per year.
Since June 2008, 4,530 local families have benefited from additional child care rebate payments.
Mr Husic said that $2,671,000 in additional assistance is provided to families using child care in Chifley each year because of this increase.
“Over the next four years the Government will provide $16.4 billion to Australian families to help with the costs of child care through Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate,” Mr Husic said.
“I am proud that our Government is delivering these record levels of investment to improve child care affordability for parents in Chifley”.
“We are also delivering the necessary practical policy changes to make it easier for them to manage the family budget.”
From July 2011 families from Doonside to Willmot will be able to choose to have their child care rebate payments made fortnightly and in some cases weekly, in addition to the current options of annual or quarterly payments.
Families will also be able to choose to have their Child Care Rebate paid directly to their child care service and receive a reduction on their bills or continue to receive the Rebate as a direct payment.
Mr Husic is encouraging local parents who are using child care to contact Centrelink and chose the payment option that works best for their family.
Families can elect to receive the Child Care Rebate fortnightly by calling the Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50 to find out more or visit HUwww.mychild.gov.au UH for more information.
The Australian Government will invest more than $20 billion in early childhood education and child care over the next four years. This is more than double the investment that was made in the last four years of the Howard Government.