Are you prepared for the Federal Government's new childcare package which will soon come into effect?
FAMILIES have less than two weeks before the Federal Government's new childcare package comes into effect.
Under the changes, both the Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit will be replaced by a single Child Care Subsidy on July 2.
Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, says the changes will deliver more support for more families but warned that transitioning to the new system isn't automatic.
"We're urging families don't delay, update your details today," he said.
"Based on the data of people that have made the switch to our new system ahead of the July 2 start date, a family with two children could be $2,666 a year better off on average."
Cumberland Mayor Greg Cummings said the change was also a great opportunity for parents to look at the education and care options run by the council, including long day care, pre-school, family day care after school care and school holiday programs.
"The subsidy should be taken advantage of by parents looking to get back into the work force, get work experience or start a new career," he said.
"It's important for all parents and carers to visit my.gov.au to provide Centrelink with some new information and confirm their current details to ensure they are receiving the right payment."
For more information, visit education.gov.au/childcare.