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New funding system for vacation care in Victoria.

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Media Release


Mr Warwick Smith



6 May 1998




Federal Minister for Family Services, Warwick Smith, today announced a major change in the funding of vacation child care for Victorian school aged ch ildren.


"From the start of the second term school holidays, all vacation care services that were jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments will be transferred to the new Commonwealth childcare assistance system," Mr Smith said.


Mr Smith said the move to the new Commonwealth childcare assistance system would simplify funding arrangements for the vacation care sector in Victoria.


"In future, families using these services will be entitled to the new Childcare Assistance, making care more affordable for low and middle income families."


"And for the first time, families with incomes between $27,000 and $65,941 (or up to $94,378 where there are 3 or more children in care) will be eligible for Childcare Assistance in the school age care sector."


"The Federal Government is firmly committed to providing as many families as possible with access to the new and improved Childcare Assistance system for school age care," Mr Smith said.


To help them administer the new system, all services will receive training and information sessions and access to the hotline service.


Eligible vacation care services in rural and remote Victoria will be supported through disadvantaged area subsidies so that working families in these areas do not lose access to care.


Members of the public with enquiries about childcare assistance can call 131524 for more information.


Media Contact:

Peter Quick, Family and Children's Services Program Manager (Victoria) (03) 9285 8780