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WHYALLA OFFICE: PORT PIRIE OFFICE:

45a Playford Avenue WHYALLA SA 5600 104 Ellen Street (PO Box 296) PORT PIRIE SA 5540 Phone: (08) 8645 4255 Phone: (08) 8633 1744

Phone: 1300 301 651 (local call cost) Phone: 1300 301 742 (local call cost)

Fax: (08) 8645 5933 Fax: (08) 8633 1749

ROWAN RAMSEY MP

Federal Member for Grey

26 October 15

Applications Close This Week

Families in Grey only have a few days left to apply to participate in the Australian Government’s new Nanny Pilot Programme.

Mr Ramsey said the pilot will greatly benefit families who struggle to access child care because of where they live or the hours they work.

“We know the cost and accessibility of child care is a barrier for parents who want to work or work more hours or those who work shifts—like police officers, hospitality workers, nurses and emergency workers,” he said. “Families in regional and remote areas, including those on pastoral properties, will prioritised and I encourage families geographically isolated from existing child carer and early learning services to apply.

“This is a great opportunity for those families living in remote South Australia who cannot access other child care.

“The Nanny Pilot Programme will help families meet the cost of using a nanny, making an additional form of subsidised care available to families.

“This two-year $246 million pilot will help the Government determine how to provide more equitable support for those families to access child care in their family home that meets their circumstances.

“Families have until 30 October to apply.

“Our Jobs for Families package will encourage an estimated 240,000 families to increase their involvement in paid work, including almost 38,000 jobless families.”

Families are eligible for the Nanny Pilot Programme if they earn less than $250,000, both parents (or in the case of a sole parent family, the sole parent) work, train or study at least eight hours a fortnight, and at least one parent is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Applications for families close on Friday 30 October. More information is available at www.dss.gov.au/nannypilot or by phoning 1800 249 873 (business hours)

Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 17744