5 things you need to do before CCS returns!
As we move closer to the end of the Government’s ‘free childcare’ package, here are some of the important things you’ll need to do ahead of the changeover back to the Child Care Subsidy System on July 13.
1. Make sure your details are up to date in myGov
Before 13th July make sure you log into your MyGov account and confirm your income and activity levels.
If you and/or your partner’s employment has been impacted by COVID-19 – you may be eligible for 100 hours of subsidised care, as long as you do a minimum of 4 hours of ‘activity’ per week.
This information needs to be accurate – if you have experienced reduced income as a result of COVID-19 this could mean you may be eligible for a higher rate of subsidy from July 13.
2. Additional financial support is available
Did you know if your family has experienced temporary financial hardship due to an event that happened in the last 6 months (i.e COVID-19) you may be eligible for additional financial hardship support from the Government?
Events that might have affected your family include: losing your job, being stood down, reduced hours, serious illness or loss of a family member. Applying for the Government’s ‘Additional Child Care Subsidy – Temporary Financial Hardship
’ support can take a while so we encourage families to apply as soon as they can.
** If your application for ACCS – TFH is approved, you’ll receive up to 13 more weeks of *free care
3. 4 hours is all it takes! Activity test has been relaxed
Make sure you do a minimum of four hours activity a week to qualify for up to 100 hours of subsidised care per fortnight.
From July 13 until October 4 2020, the Government has ‘relaxed’ the activity test for the Child Care Subsidy if your employment has been impacted by COVID-19.
If you and your partner were both working (part-time or full-time) before COVID-19 and you’ve lost your job/s or had your hours reduced, you may be eligible for up to 100 hours of subsidised care per fortnight. To be eligible, you only need to be doing a minimum of four hours of activity*.
Activity can be something as simple as: time spent looking for jobs on Seek, updating your resume, undertaking an online course, doing paid work, volunteering or even unpaid work in the family business.
You should update any changes in your income and activity on MyGov now – but there will be a special 100 hours option available on MyGov from 13 July.
4. Confirm your booking with your Centre Director ( whether existing family or new family)
Take advantage of any additional subsidised hours you may be entitled to due to the relaxed Activity Test (see above).
With many families returning to work, we are seeing a significant increase in enquiries from new families to our centres. We encourage you to confirm your booking with your centre and lock in any additional days as soon as possible.
Remember: we offer flexible session options - 9 hour, 10 hour and all day sessions so you can make the most of your approved subsidised hours. You can estimate your potential out-of-pocket costs here using our Child Care Subsidy estimator.
5. Finally, take a moment and be proud of yourself, your child and your family for getting through these past few months
It has been a really challenging year for families all across Australia.
Remember, we have passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable Centre Directors and Family Support team members who are here to help you every step of the way.
We're here to help make the transition back to the Child Cre Subsidy as smooth as possible for all families. Call us today on 1800 222 543 .