The Child Care Tax Rebate for child care costs will increase from 30% to 50%, up to $7,500 per child; and paying the rebate quarterly, rather than annually. It is apparently not means tested.
Quarterly payments provide more timely assistance to families with their child care costs, with the first payments due from October 2008.
The Federal Government has a new website for the Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care - http://www.oececc.gov.au/default.htm - You can subscribe to an email that will provide you with updates on the latest Government initiatives relating to education and child care.
Maxine McKew is responsible for this portfolio.