Question re "Child Care Subsidy" -- when switching/looking for new job

My partner has been made redundant from work unfortunately and one of our lil child attend daycare (4days/week).
So we are wondering, will we still get 45-50% CCS same as before during the time my partner searches for new job?

Comments

  • +1 vote

    It all depends on how long your partner is out of work and how much thier next job pays.

    You should notify centerlink of this change in your circumstances to ensure you do not get over paid. (You are legally required to do this)

  • +2 votes

    Probably best to get on the blower to Department of Human Services: Families (Child Care Subsidy) 136 150.
    Only they will be able to tell you for sure. Best of luck on the job hunt.

  • +1 vote

    Please double check with family services but under the old system "actively looking for work" was considered work.

    The new system is more complicated but if your partner ends up earning significantly less this financial year than predicted you will actually be entitled to a a higher percentage subsidy (which will be worked out when you submit tax next year), however if neither of you work for a extended period you are not entitled to any hours of subsidised care at all (but shouldn't have to pay anything back either as your partner was working at the time your child was in care).

    The new system is tricky and they are still working out lots of bugs in the system, the best way to cover yourself is to keep centrelink updated on your current position, especially if you think it may take some time to find a new job.

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    I don't get it? If your partner is out of work they why doesn't she (he) stay home and be a parent while the opportunity is there so you wouldn't need child care subsidy anyway?

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      Mmm yes saving that $150 or so will really offset the loss of ($700-$1500 at a guess) that ops partner was earning a week.

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        I still don't get it?

        Are you saying that child care costs people $150 but the government is giving them other people's money at the rate of $700-$1500 per week?

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          I think he is referring to not having wage vs saving childcare fees.

          Another reason not to end childcare is losing your place at a centre you like, when they get a job and need it again.

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            @Gandalf the Thrifty: OK that makes more sense, but the loss of the wage didn't sound like it was optional so it makes sense to save the CC fees while not working?

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              @EightImmortals: Refer to my second paragraph. Depending on your location, it can be really hard to get into childcare (eg waiting lists), so once you have a place you may not want to give it up.

              Best case scenario, OP's partner gets a new job soonish and they just keep childcare going as staying home to look after young child doesn't leave much time for job searching.

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              @EightImmortals: In an ideal world, you could start and stop daycare as needed.

              In this real world, most daycare centres have waiting lists, and if you take your child out you're back on the waiting list. So if you find a job, you're then stuck waiting for a position in daycare. As there's no way to predict when employment will recommence, to be able to be flexible and start a new job at anytime, you have to keep the kids in daycare.

              It's the same reason why if you aren't using daycare (public holidays, illness, you're actually on a holiday), you have to pay for the days you're allocated regardless if you will use them/whether the centre is even open.

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                @squishypiranha: OK cheers. Ours are all grown up now so I wasn't aware of the state of play. :)

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                  @EightImmortals: Yeah, we were surprised too when we started using it. It's the first service I've had to pay for when we couldn't even choose to use the service! I feel for people who actually work on public holidays, are stuck paying for daycare, and yet can't use it and need to find alternate care!