Families across Farrer have just one week left to apply to participate in the Australian Government’s new Nanny Pilot Programme.

Local MP, Sussan Ley, said the pilot will greatly benefit families who struggle to access child care because of where they live or the hours they work.

“The cost and accessibility of child care is a barrier for many parents who want to work, work more hours, or those who have shift work.”

“The Nanny Pilot Programme will help families meet the cost of using a nanny, with an additional form of subsidised care.”

“This is a two-year $246 million pilot to help the Government determine how to provide more equitable support for families needing to access child care in their family home.”

“It’s a great chance for parents who need to use a nanny, and I encourage any local family in this situation to put in an application by the 30 October deadline.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham said “our Jobs for Families package will encourage an estimated 240,000 families to increase their involvement in paid work, including almost 38,000 jobless families.”

Families are eligible for the Programme if they earn less than $250,000, both parents (or in the case of a sole parent family, the sole parent) work, train or study at least eight hours a fortnight, with at least one parent being an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

More information is available at the Department of Social Services or phone 1800 249 873