Connection is key at LEAD Childcare

Welcome all of our LEAD Childcare families, colleagues and wider communities to The LEAD Bulletin August/September Edition. The LEAD Bulletin is a great way to capture a snap-shot of the month that was, the month that is and a sneak peak into what’s to come!  Published bi-monthly, it’s a great way to stay connected to all things LEAD Childcare.

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Parents Guide to CCS Changes

Changes to Gap Fee Payments

From 10 July 2023:

  • The family income limit to get CCS is increasing to $530,000.
  • The maximum amount of CCS is increasing from 85% to 90%.
  • Families earning $80,000 or less will get 90% subsidy.
  • Families earning over $80,000 and under $530,000 will get a subsidy that tapers down from 90%, depending on their income. The subsidy will go down 1% for each $5,000 earned.
  • Families earning below $362,408 with more than one child aged 5 or under in care can still get a higher rate for their second and younger children.
  • Families can get at least 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight for each Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child in their care, regardless of their activity level.

To assist in helping you determining what your future rates may be, please follow the link to the CCS Calculator at StartingBlocks.gov.au to find out more information.

What do families need to do?

Families already getting CCS don’t need to do anything to get the new rates. Services Australia will apply the changes from Monday.
Families who earn between $356,756 and $530,000 may be entitled to CCS from Monday. Families who haven’t claimed CCS, should lodge a claim with Services Australia.

Some families already using care may currently be assessed for CCS and get 0% but will be eligible for an increased rate from Monday. These families should check that their income estimate is up to date through their Centrelink online account. For more information, visit childcaresubsidy.gov.au.

Families using child care must pay the gap fee using electronic means from 1 July 2023.

The gap fee is the difference between the provider’s fee and the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) amount. Find out more about gap fees and Child Care Subsidy.

Electronic funds transfer, or EFT, is when a customer pays a bill using electronic means. Typical EFT payment methods include:

  • bank or credit card, including mobile wallets
  • direct deposit or bank transfer, including PayID
  • online payment systems through third party software
  • BPAY or Centrepay.

EOFY 2022-2023

We’ve created a Parents Guide to CCS Changes, as we know how confusing and stressful the end of financial year planning can become, especially for families in 2022 looking to be smart and savvy with their money to ensure they are getting the most bang for their buck!
We also know how confusing it can be for families when it comes to Child Care Subsidy Changes to ensure Childcare is working the best for them and for families to know what they are entitled to. We have created a list of all of the changes coming to CCS (Child Care Subsidy) and where families can find more information about the changes ahead.

Balancing Child Care Subsidy

Families must confirm their income each financial year to ensure they are paid the correct amount of Child Care Subsidy.
Before each financial year begins, families inform Services Australia what they estimate they will earn that year (income estimate). Services Australia uses this estimate to work out how much CCS to pay families.

If an estimate is not provided, Services Australia estimates a family’s income using information from the current financial year. Families can update their estimate at any time during the year if their circumstances change.

Once each financial year comes to an end, families are required to confirm what they actually earned that year. This is how Services Australia ensures that families are paid the correct amount of CCS.

Families can confirm their income by either lodging their tax return or advising Services Australia they are not required to lodge a tax return. Families must complete an Advise non-lodgment of tax return using their Centrelink online account through MyGov. This will need to be completed for Services Australia even if the ATO has been advised that the family does not need to lodge a tax return.

Families have one year to confirm their income. If their income is not confirmed within 12 months after the end of the financial year their CCS will stop, and they will have to pay full fees for child care.

For more information on CCS Balancing, please visit Department ESE-Balancing CCS

CCS Eligibility: 26 Week Rule

From July 11, a child who hasn’t used care at least once within the previous 26 weeks will no longer be eligible for CCS. Families will need to submit a new CCS claim if the child re-commences care.

For more information, please visit Services Australia

Child Care Subsidy Rates Increase

Child Care Subsidy rate increase will take effect from July 11, which is the start of the first CCS fortnight in the new financial year.

For a breakdown of the percentages and more information on family eligibility and entitlements, please visit Department ESE Family Eligibility and Entitlement

Did you know?

Families with more than one child aged 5 or under in care can get a higher CCS for their second child and younger children. Combined families will automatically start receiving the higher CCS from July 1 2022.

For more information or to find out if you are eligible for the Higher Child Care Subsidy, please visit Department ESE Higher CCS

Community Connections with LEAD

It’s time for the latest instalment of the LEAD Bulletin Vol. 13 June & July Edition, now publishing on a bi-monthly basis.  We’ve refreshed the look of our beloved newsletter for our LEAD Childcare families, colleagues and community.

 

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Christmas Connection at LEAD Childcare

A festive note to round out the year, The LEAD Bulletin Vol. 10 December Edition is here! The LEAD Bulletin is a great way to capture a snap-shot of the month that was and a sneak peak into the New Year!  Usually published bi-monthly, this edition features all things Christmas!

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Stay Connected at LEAD Childcare

Welcome all of our LEAD Childcare families, colleagues and wider communities to The LEAD Bulletin Vol. 9 November Edition. The LEAD Bulletin is a great way to capture a snap-shot of the month that was and a sneak peak into the month ahead and the New Year!  Usually published bi-monthly, this edition features November – with a special Christmas Edition to be released in December!

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LEAD Childcare Careers Expo

We are hosting our first LEAD Childcare Careers Expos this November!

Free Event!  At LEAD Childcare Mango Hill, 12 Halpine Dr, Mango Hill

Saturday, 12th November 2022  |  10am – 1pm

FREE sausage sizzle and coffee station for all to enjoy!

Come along to this FREE expo to explore a world of opportunity with a Career at LEAD Childcare. We will have a dedicated Recruitment booth with all our current positions available to apply for, as well as general information about LEAD Childcare and what to expect when working with us.

See a position that you like on the day? Perfect! Simply bring your resume and book yourself in for an on-site interview the SAME DAY!

Don’t miss out on an on-site interview! Early bird interviews can be pre-booked the week prior to the expo. Bookings open 7th November and will close 10th November 2022.

To view all available positions prior to attending the expo, please visit our Seek profile.

https://www.seek.com.au/companies/lead-childcare-436647/jobs

Guest Speakers will include:

  • LEAD Childcare Human Resource Support Officer – Health & Wellbeing at LEAD Childcare
  • Lead Institute

Other stall holders:

  • LEAD Childcare Swim School
  • Lead Institute

We can’t wait to see you there!

Register your interest via our Facebook Event!

https://www.facebook.com/events/432124959059129

 

Stay Up-To-Date at LEAD Childcare

Welcome to The LEAD Bulletin Vol. 8 August & September 2022 Edition, now publishing on a bi-monthly basis.  We’ve refreshed the look of our beloved newsletter for our LEAD Childcare families, colleagues and community.

 

 

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