Helping lay the foundation for future prosperity
More affordable child care
Access to quality care for families in need
Flexible child care options
Universal access to preschool
How will child care changes affect families
New child care support
Federal Budget 2015: What the changes will mean for you and your
Guaranteeing high quality early learning
Maintaining high quality standards is integral to the delivery
of early childhood education.
The Government will extend funding for a further three years to
support the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood
Education and Care while working with states and territories to
streamline its operation
Simpler and fairer means testing
The Government understands the need for a simpler family
payments system and a smooth level of support as children get
older. The Government will align the eligibility criteria for
FTB Part A and youth income support payments, by removing the
Family Assets Test and the Family Actual Means Test from 1
The Government will also apply a single Parental Income Test
where a family receives both Youth Allowance and FTB Part A.
These changes will provide additional assistance to working
families to support their children in transitioning from school
to further study, in particular for children from regional and
remote areas, who often face higher costs of further study due
to the need to move away from home.
Jab, No Pay" - Vaccinating our children
The Government recognises that more needs to be done to ensure
we protect our children and our community from preventable
While Australia has a childhood vaccination rate of over 90 per
cent for children aged one to five years, more than 39,000
children aged under seven in Australia are not vaccinated
because their parents are vaccine objectors. This is not
supported by medical research or public policy.
From 1 January 2016, the "No Jab, No Pay" rule will remove all
exemptions, excluding those for medical reasons, for access to
child care payments and Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A end of
Improving immunisation rates
The Government is also providing a $26 million boost to the
Immunise Australia Program
which will provide additional incentive payments for doctors and
immunisation providers to identify and vaccinate children in
their practice who are overdue.
The Government will continue to raise awareness of the benefits
of vaccinations and enhance an existing register to ensure all
adolescent vaccinations are recorded.