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MEDIA RELEASE THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE Acting Minister for Human Services

THE HON KATE ELLIS MP Minister for Employment Participation Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

Friday 25 January 2013

MORE HELP WITH CHILD CARE COSTS

About 340,000 eligible parents can expect to receive their quarterly Child Care Rebate payment from this week.

Acting Minister for Human Services Anthony Albanese said the Child Care Rebate supported working parents by providing them with financial assistance to meet the costs of child care.

"Of the 700,000 Australian families who receive the Child Care Rebate, about 340,000 choose to receive it quarterly," Mr Albanese said.

Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care Kate Ellis said the Australian Government has made a record investment to help families out with the cost of child care.

"We've increased the Child Care Rebate from 30 per cent to 50 per cent of all approved out-of-pocket child care expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 per child per year to help families out with the cost of child care," Ms Ellis said.

"We also gave parents the option of having their Child Care Rebate paid fortnightly or weekly, so parents don't have to wait to receive this crucial assistance.

"Our reforms to make child care more affordable are working - in the last year alone there has been a 9 per cent increase in the number of families accessing child care across Australia.

"Ultimately we want to help more families access child care and see more children get the best start at life."

Mr Albanese said that, even if parents are not entitled to Child Care Benefit, they may still be eligible for the Child Care Rebate.

"Families who receive their Child Care Rebate payments quarterly will begin receiving their second payment and statement for the October to December quarter this week,” he said.

"If families have not received the payment in their bank account by Friday, 1 February, they can check online to see whether their quarterly Child Care Rebate payment has been issued."

To find out more about Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate visit humanservices.gov.au.

Media contacts: Mr Albanese’s office, Jeff Singleton 0410 476 890 Ms Ellis’s office, Claire March 0403 937 849