New $246m nanny program to be trialled from next year

FAMILIES who struggle to access affordable child care services will now be able get support to hire a nanny under a new pilot program to be trialled by the Liberal National Government.

To be eligible, household incomes must be below $250,000.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said this would be particularly beneficial for families in rural and regional areas, those who have children with special needs, and shift workers such as nurses, police officers, ambulance officers and firefighters.

"The $246 million two year Interim Home Based Carer Subsidy Program will provide subsidised care for about 10,000 children, especially in middle to low income families," Mr Christensen said.

"An hourly subsidy will be paid per child towards the cost of using a nanny. It will be paid directly to services and will be adjusted according to family income, consistent with the broader child care subsidy model soon to be announced.

Mr Christensen said nannies are not meant to replace mainstream child care services.

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said the program would focus on rural and regional areas.

"Families and service providers will be able to apply for the pilot later this year and must meet approved guidelines," he said.

"This will include safeguards similar to those applied in family day care such as outlawing 'children swapping' practices and ensuring that  people providing informal care are ineligible, such as other family members.

"Only families on incomes below $250,000 per year will be eligible for support.

"The total subsidy paid to a family also cannot exceed the amount paid to a nanny."

The pilot will commence on January 1, 2016 and run until December 31, 2017.

Find out more about the Interim Home Based Carer Subsidy Program at www.dss.gov.au

 


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