New Child Care Package for Families

From 2 July 2018, Australia will have a new child care package. Under the new package, the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will replace the existing Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.  CCS will be the main way the Government assists families with their child care fees.

Please follow the links below for more information and to see how these changes may affect you.

New Child Care Package for Families

Child Care Subsidy Estimator and Webcast Information Sessions








Kids Alive Website Launch


Dutton Delivers on Drowning Prevention

Health Minister Peter Dutton is serious on drowning prevention and is teaming up with Laurie Lawrence's Kids Alive - do the five program to combat the problem.

31 children under the age of 5, drowned on Australia between 2012 and 2013. This is a 48% increase on the previous year.

Minister Dutton's support will enable Kids Alive to deliver free water safety education materials including 4 books, children's DVD and music cd to every early learning centre in Australia. The Australia Childcare Alliance will help coordinate this delivery.

Australia Post have also come on board to push the message and will deliver more than 80,000 of these resources free right across Australia.

The educational materials focus on water safety messages for the pool, home, beach and farm setting.

Laurie said parents can also access these fun and entertaining educational resources for free from the Kids Alive website

Key water safety stakeholders including Royal Life Saving, Surf Lifesaving, Swim Australia, AUSTSWIM, Farm Safe, Kidsafe and Play Group will also deliver these free resources via there networks.