Childcare shake-up to help ‘average’ families and grandparents

A SHAKE up of the Child Care Safety Net will sting higher income earners while average households will be better off and grandparents will also benefit.

In the biggest change, grandparents on income support, who are the primary carer of their grandchildren, will gain access to subsidised child care.

The Turnbull Government’s Job for Families child care package will be introduced to Parliament this week and Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said would support an estimated 3,900 grandparents who care for 6,300 children.


“A consistent message that came out of our consultations was that grandparent primary carers provide a vitally important role in our community, often stepping in to look after their grandchildren when these children have been through stressful and other adverse circumstances,” Minister Birmingham said.

“One of the greatest practical challenges for grandparents raising grandchildren are the costs associated with that care, which includes child care,” he added.

More than $20 million will be allocated to the scheme to exempt grandparents from the Child Care Subsidy activity test, meaning they are eligible to access up to 100 hours of approved child care fortnightly.

From 2017 the ‘average family’ with a household income of between approximately $65,000 and $170,000 will be around $30 a week ($1500 a year) better off under the legislation.

But subsidies for families earning more than $250,000 a year will start to taper down from 50 per cent of costs.

Click here for more information on the Jobs for Families child care package.