Families sending their children to child care during the school holidays will find it easier to get help through the Morrison Government’s Child Care Package.
Legislation passed the Senate today that will amend the Child Care Package legislation, cutting red tape for families and child care providers.
The updated legislation means families and providers will generally not have to re-enrol children unless they are away from care for more than 14 weeks at a time. This means children stay enrolled for the duration of the school term, avoiding additional paperwork when the holidays start and families need to access child care again.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government’s Child Care Package was assisting more than 900,000 families to access child care.
“We have cut red tape for families that use child care during the school holidays,” Mr Tehan said. “Our Government is making life easier for parents who are working, looking for work, studying or volunteering.
“We have also removed the 50 per cent limit on the number of children that a child care provider can self-certify to receive the Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) due to the risk of serious abuse or neglect.
“This will further reduce barriers to vulnerable children and disadvantaged families’ accessing quality early learning and child care.
“The amendments that passed the Senate today are a result of our Government listening to parents and child care providers and acting on their feedback.
“We are delivering the reforms the economy needs to support jobs and growth.”