NEW REFORMS: Maranoa MP David Littleproud says the new childcare reforms, which came into effect today, will benefit families.
NEW REFORMS: Maranoa MP David Littleproud says the new childcare reforms, which came into effect today, will benefit families. Storm Lahiff

New childcare reform will benefit families: Littleproud

FAMILIES in the Maranoa electorate will be better off under the new childcare reforms, according to the region's federal member.

David Littleproud said the new reforms which come into effect today will be a positive move for the residents in the electorate.

He said the government was making childcare more affordable, and said more than 3800 families would reap the rewards of the new system.

"Child care is important to help families balance work and caring responsibilities," Mr Littleproud said.

"We're increasing Australia's investment in early childhood education and care by $2.5 billion over the next four years.

"The payment will be subject to a means and activity test, meaning parents have to be working, volunteering, studying or looking for work to be eligible.

"Our reforms will encourage more than 230,000 families to increase their involvement in workforce participation."

Mr Littleproud said there would also be an investment into the Child Care Safety Net.

The investment of $1.2 billion he said goes towards an organisation which recognises vulnerable children and families that need extra support.

"On average, eligible families will be $1,333 a year better off per child under the new reforms but families need to make the switch to the new system or they risk disrupting their payments.

"It's worth the 10 minutes or so it might take to update your details because you could be hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars a year better off."

To be eligible, families must update their Centrelink account details through myGov or visit www.education.gov.au/childcare.


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