Families with children attending child care during the school holidays will find it easier to re-enrol for the following year after the Morrison Government passed legislation to amend the Child Care Package.
Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said the updated legislation meant families and providers would 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,” Mr Vasta said.
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 using 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.”
Mr Vasta said the amendments passed by the Senate were a result of the 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,” Mr Vasta said.