Direct Payments To Child Care Centers Could Replace Childcare Rebates

childcare paymentsWhile nothing has been set in stone, the Australian government is now looking into making direct payments to childcare centers instead of giving rebates to parents. If this system is instituted parents would then be charged a lower upfront fee still allowing them to get the advantage of the childcare rebate just in a different way.

While Ms. Gillard did not indicate whether or not she would in the end seriously consider paying childcare rebates directly to centres she did say that her focus was to ensure that the money the Government set aside to help with childcare costs made a real difference in affordability.