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As you would be acutely aware, the government's new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) has now replaced the previous system (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate).

The new system has meant enormous changes for the early learning sector, with service providers having to adjust to new regulation, a new reporting system to government, a new IT system, electronic sign in for parents at many services and a whole new process for families. 

The CCS also means that some families will be better off with a smaller "out of pocket" fee, while others will be worse off, depending on their family income and family activities.

With about 1.2 million Australian children in early learning environments, the new Child Care Subsidy is the most significant change in up to 40 years. 

ACA is very interested to find out how service providers have been affected by the new CCS and report these findings back to the Federal Government and relevant Shadow Ministers, with a view to engage with them about:

  • how to improve the new system from a practical, operational sense
     
  • high quality early learning services. how to improve the new system to reflect that all children count and that all families should have access to a base level of affordable

The survey should only take you a few minutes to complete and does not require any personal information that reveals your identity. 

You can access the survey here

We would greatly appreciate your feedback on this very important issue.

We will produce a report of the survey results in late July/early August.

We're also keen to hear how your families have been affected by the new CCS.

To this end, we would greatly appreciate your help in sharing our survey for families on the same topic here. You may wish to share our blog article which provides a little more context and a link to the families survey.

With your help, we can provide government with as much information as possible about how the sector has been affected by the new Child Care Subsidy.