Good news!!! We have been working hard to offer families a step up.
The vast majority of our families are now eligible to benefit from the federal government’s childcare subsidy, which started in July 2018. As they say in German, “Juhuuu!” 🙂 This is excellent news for us all.
Our fees are set at $11.77/hour to accommodate the extra administration for the subsidy… BUT, families will actually end up paying less than they used to, as it looks like (nearly) all our families will qualify for 50-85% subsidies from the government. For a family recieving a 50% subsidy, the fees will in practice be about $800 per term. If you recieve the full 85% subsidy, you will in practice pay only about $240 per term!
How does it work? Families sign up for the subsidy through myGov, and then the government works out how much of a subsidy you will receive. The subsidy is usually paid directly to the childcare provider (the GAP in this case), and you only pay the GAP the difference. Sometimes the subsidy is paid directly to families though. Families are responsible to make sure the total (raw) fees are paid – either through the subsidy or from their own pocket.
So how much of a subsidy will you get?
Once you have passed the immunisation and residency requirements, there are three factors that will determine your level of child care subsidy.
ONE: Your combined family income. See table at the link to see what percentage you may be entitled to. Most of our families will get between a 50% and 85% subsidy.
TWO: There is an activity test. Those figures are per fortnight. Those wishing to volunteer some hours at Pfadfinder can count those hours in their activity hours.
THREE: The type of childcare you use. For the purposes of the subsidy, GAP is classed as an approved centre-based day care, giving you the maximum fee cap.
Does this include the afternoon movement class?
The fees for TaTeTu will remain as they are now, at $22.50 per session, which works out to $15/hour. The first $11.77/hour of those fees will be eligible for the subsidy. A TaTeTu session for a family with a 50% subsidy will in practice pay only $13.20 per session.
What if…. Wait! What? Our family might not be eligible afterall!
If you need to do some volunteer hours in order to be eligible, there are lots of wonderful charities in need of assistance. The volunteering you do at the GAP itself (or being on the committee) is considered by the government to be “parental duty” and not “activity hours”, unless you are directly teaching the children (which is not how we are structured at GAP).
What should families do now?
If you have not already registered to get the subsidy, you should take action now to create a myGov account (via my.gov.au) , and then, under Services, link myGov to Centrelink. Select Centrelink and fill in the Child Care Subsidy Assessment form. Information will follow as to what to do next.