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Budget 2009: $12.8 billion to help families with child care costs.



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12 May, 2009

The Hon Maxine McKew MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care 12 May, 2009

Media Release

$12.8 billion to help families with child care costs

Joint Media Release with The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Education; Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations; Minister for Social Inclusion

The Rudd Government is investing $12.8 billion over the next four years to help 800 000 Australian families with the cost of child care.

The Government will invest $2.5 million in 2009-10 to provide a child care estimator to help families make informed decisions about child care.

The child care estimator will be available on mychild.gov.au from 1 January 2010.

The child care estimator will give families an estimate of the dollar value of their Child Care Benefit and Child Care Tax Rebate entitlements, as well as their out-of-pocket child care costs.

This could include child care service fees from mychild.gov.au, a quote parents have received from a service, or their own estimate.

Parents will be better placed to make informed decisions regarding child care and associated education, training and workforce participation options.

The Child Care Tax Rebate will provide $4.4 billion over four years to assist working families with their out-of-pocket child care costs.

The Child Care Benefit will deliver $8.4 billion over four years to reduce child care fees.

The 2009-10 Budget delivers on the Rudd Government’s commitment to support families with access to affordable, high quality, child care.

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