Grandparents set to get access to subsidised child care

GRANDPARENTS will get access to subsidised child care while rebates for wealthy families will be slashed under changes set to go before Federal Parliament this week.

As part of the revamped laws grandparents who are primary carers will be exempt from the childcare subsidy activity test, meaning they will not have to work to receive government-funded support.

Grandparent carers will be eligible to access up to 100 hours of child care a fortnight under the new Jobs for Families package.

Arrangements for high-income earners are also set to be changed with plans to scale back childcare subsidies for families earning more than $250,000 a year from 50% down to 20% for families on $340,000.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the new childcare package ensured most help was aimed at Australian families who needed it most.

"Families using child care in 2017, on family incomes of between approximately $65,000 and $170,000 will be around $30 a week or $1500 a year better off," he said.

- APN NEWSDESK


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