Earlier changes

What's new

20 November 2017

Childcare Assistance - Childcare Subsidy, OSCAR and Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment

The Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 allows schools to introduce a cohort entry policy after consultation with their community.

When a school has cohort entry at their school, children aged 4 or 5 years old will start school on the term start date closest to the child's 5th birthday, relative to the Ministry of Educations published mid-term dates, not on the day they turn 5 years old.

The policy changes relating to Childcare Assistance will affect children starting school from 29 January 2018.

Parents will start receiving letters from 20 November 2017. The letters will provide families with children about to turn 5 years old in January 2018, information on the options available to them.

Childcare Subsidy and Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payments

Childcare Subsidy and Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payments can continue for longer than 4 weeks after a child turns 5 years old, if the child is to start at a school with a cohort entry policy. See:

OSCAR payments

OSCAR payments can start before a child is 5 years old, if the child is to start at a school with a cohort entry policy. See:

Disability Allowance

From 20 November 2017, for payments of Disability Allowance, 8 new cost codes have been added to SWIFTT. These are: Ambulance Fees, MedicAlert Costs, Nicotine Replacement Products, Pharmaceutical Charges, Vitamin/Herbal/Supplements, Outside Window Cleaning, Gym/Swimming Pool Fees, and Additional Medical Pendant (Medical Alarms only). See:

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8 November 2017

Current client debt

The financial delegation levels for debt write-off have been amended. See: