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Budget 2016: Social Security and Family Assistance

Published 4th May 2016

Childcare subsidy delayed – DELAYED WIN

The implementation of the proposed child care subsidies (contingent on the passage of family tax benefit reforms) will be delayed by one year to 1 July 2018.

It is proposed that the following three payments:
• Child care benefit (CCB)
• Child care rebate (CCR), and
• Jobs, education and training child care fee assistance (for parents who qualify for the maximum rate of CCB)
will be combined into a single means-tested child care subsidy (CCS), paid directly to providers, from 1 July 2018.

The nanny pilot program (commenced on 1 January 2016), which subsidises care provided by a nanny in a child’s home, will be extended for six months to 30 June 2018. The hourly fee cap will be increased from $7 to $10 from 1 June 2016.

Reversal of decision to remove backdating of veterans’ disability pension claims – LOSS

Reverse the 2014-15 Budget measure titled Veterans’ Disability Pensions commencement of payments from date of claim that removed the backdating of payments to veterans under the Veterans’ Disability Pension.

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