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Australian Government Coat of Arms

Budget | 2015-16

Budget 2015-16
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2015-16

Flexible child care options

The Government will support care by nannies for around 10,000 children where families experience difficulties accessing mainstream child care services.

Supporting home-based care

The Government will spend around $250 million on an Interim Home Based Carer Pilot Programme (Nannies Trial) to extend subsidy support to eligible families using nannies.

The Nannies Trial will provide eligible families with more choice and flexible child care options.

Shift workers such as nurses, police, firefighters and ambulance officers are often unable to access government‑supported child care because of the unpredictable nature and hours of their work.

The Nannies Trial will fund around 4,000  nannies, providing subsidised care to approximately 10,000 children.

The Nannies Trial will:

  • provide families with a subsidy at a percentage of an hourly fee cap rate of $7.00 per child based on family income, similar to the Child Care Subsidy parameters; and
  • only be available to families on incomes below $250,000 per year.

Nannies must be attached to an approved service, be at least 18 years of age, have a current Working with Children Check and meet first aid requirements.

The Nannies Trial will commence on 1 January 2016 and run until 31 December 2017. The programme will be evaluated during 2017 to inform future Government policy.