Parents using childcare services will now need to fill in an online form to make sure they can continue to receive government subsidies for fees.
The new system of taxpayer subsidies starts from July 2 but the 1.2 million families who are now receiving the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate or other help with paying fees will not be automatically rolled over.
Parents who want to keep their childcare costs as low as possible have three months to fill in an online form if they want to keep receiving government subsidies on their fees.
The online form is available via the Parents online Centrelink account through myGov available between now and July. Centrelink will contact families over the next fortnight with instructions on what they need to do.
The new system rolls existing subsidies into a single means- and-activity-tested payment.
Parents must be working, studying, looking for work or volunteering for a minimum of eight hours a fortnight to get the new payment.
Families with annual incomes under $186,958 will no longer face a cap on the amount of fee rebate the government will pay each year.
For those earning more than this, the annual cap will lift from $7500 to just over $10,000 per child.
Services, please ensure that you pass this information onto all parents at your centre. It's extremely important that parents fill in the form to continue receiving government subsidies on their fees.
New Childcare Rebate Needs New Parent Info, SBS News