The new child care package is finally here! The Department of Education and Training would like to thank everyone in the sector who has contributed to these landmark reforms. Your assistance has been greatly appreciated.

It’s not too late for families to transition
Families who are yet to complete their Child Care Subsidy online assessment should do so as soon as possible. If they complete it by 23 September 2018, subject to eligibility, their subsidy will be paid in arrears back to 2 July 2018.

If you have families in this situation, please encourage them to go to humanservices.gov.au/childcaresubsidy and follow the links to myGov to complete their assessment as soon as possible. 

Provider Entry Point – task cards
We’ve added the following two new task cards to help you navigate the Provider Entry Point:

Enrolment Date explained
The ‘Enrolment start date’ for a CCS enrolment is the date the parent and provider establish the care arrangement (not the child’s first day of care). Help text in Centrelink Online explains ‘Enrolment start date’ during the enrolment confirmation process; “this is the date you entered into an arrangement with a child care service to provide care to your child.” However, you may wish to also explain this to your families to avoid parents unnecessarily disputing an enrolment.

Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) Guide
On 22 June 2018, the Department hosted a webcast on the Guide to ACCS child wellbeing. The video of the webcast is available on our website here

Grandparent carers can still claim Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent) online by signing into their Centrelink online account through myGov and completing a Child Care Subsidy claim.
Information on how to do this can be found at humanservices.gov.au/childcaresubsidy

Once a claim is completed, Centrelink will process the information and advise the carer of their Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent) eligibility and entitlement.

Lump Sum
The 2017–18 financial year was the last year families were able to claim Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate as a lump sum payment. The new Child Care Subsidy cannot be paid as a lump sum.

If any of your families previously claimed this way, they must complete a Child Care Subsidy claim now by going to humanservices.gov.au/childcare.