The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation advocating for the future of Australia's children.
We work on behalf of long day care owners and operators to ensure families and their children have an opportunity to access affordable, high quality early learning services throughout Australia.


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Over the last few months, the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) has been the main focus of the early learning sector, with the implementation date set for 2 July this year.
ACA ran a short sharp survey to ask our members how they were feeling about the impending implementation of the new Child Care Subsidy as the transition date approached, and the key areas for which they needed guidance. Many thanks to those of you who took the time to complete our quick quiz! 
 
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By now early learning services would have received an email from the Department of Education and Training (DET) which included a link to a fact sheet about the activity test preschool exemption - that is, the 36 hours of subsidised care for children attending a preschool/kindergarten program at a centre based day care service (for those families that pass the income test).
 
We know that some families have had difficulty applying for this entitlement via Centrelink, and this has caused great confusion.  
 

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We are receiving quite a few queries from early learning service providers on behalf of their families, in relation to the 36 hours of subsidised care for children attending a preschool program at a centre based day care service.

Under the new Child Care Subsidy, as stated in the Minister's Rules, families that pass the income test are entitled to "36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight if the child attends a kindergarten or preschool program at a centre-based day care in the year that is two years before grade one of school".  

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