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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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In the transition to the new Child Care Subsidy regime, early learning services may consider different session types or models to better meet the needs of their families under the new regime (whilst not obligated to do so). 

A new approach may better suit your early learning service, along with your families due to potential affordability and accessibility impacts for families.

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What is the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?
In July 2018 the Australian Government will introduce a new child care fee assistance package, which will include a new payment known as the Child Care Subsidy.
The new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will replace the existing child care fee payments known as the Child Care Benefit  (CCB) and the Child Care Rebate (CCR)
How can I find out how much my new CCS rate and eligible hours are? 
The first place to start is to register for the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) - this process needs to take place before the government can inform you of your eligible hours per fortnight and your CCS rate.  Once you have followed the online registration process outlined below, you might like to do a quick estimate of your CCS rate, eligible hours and out of pocket costs using our CCS calculator, before seeking your actual subsidy details in myGov - details about this are provided further below.  
How to register for the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
If you already have children attending early learning (child care) services, or you are in the process of enrolling your child/children in an early learning service, you will need to register for the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

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What is a Complying Written Arrangement (CWA)? 

A Complying Written Arrangement (CWA) is an ongoing agreement between an ECEC service provider and a Parent/Guardian, to provide care in return for fees.

The CWA must contain a minimum amount of information as defined by the Government.

Service providers are required to have a CWA in place for each child in their care, as set out in subsection 200B(3) of the Family Assistance Administration Act.

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To ensure a smooth transition across to the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS), Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services will need to prepare their staff for the upcoming changes, both from an operational perspective, as well as to help them successfully explain the new requirements when engaging with families.