MAKE THE SWITCH: Families at Kingaroy Child Care Centre and all early learning centres around the country are eligible for a new subsidy taking effect from July 2.
MAKE THE SWITCH: Families at Kingaroy Child Care Centre and all early learning centres around the country are eligible for a new subsidy taking effect from July 2. Tobi Loftus

Parents urged to switch to new childcare system

FAMILIES in Wide Bay are advised to make the switch to the new childcare and early learning system or they risk missing out.

Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said parents should change to the new childcare system before the deadline of July 2 or risk missing out on new subsidies.

"Families will be hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year better off under our reforms but they need to make the switch to the new system,” he said.

Data showed 47.97 per cent of Wide Bay families had made the switch to the new system, two weeks before the deadline.

"I urge local families and all childcare and early learning providers yet to update their details to visit the website as soon as they can,” Mr O'Brien said.

Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham said the switch to the new system was not automatic.

"The Coalition Government reforms are set to benefit almost one million families across the nation and it's estimated around 230,000 families will increase their workforce participation,” he said.

The extra $2.5 billion investment will mean more subsidies for families working the most and for families earning the least.

Details for the new system can be accessed through www.education.gov.au/childcarepackage and updates made through Centrelink accounts.

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