Child care and family services support
In Victoria the main types of childcare available for young children aged up to 6 years are:
- private childcare centres
- community childcare centres (not-for-profit centres)
- family day care - up to four pre-school children are cared for by a carer in the carer's home.
RMIT child care
RMIT City Campus Children’s Centre on Franklin St in the City and Numdaji Kwei at Bundoora West both provide care for children of students and staff at RMIT and the wider community.
Students and staff have access to both of the University’s Children’s Centres. The service is well used and, at times, waiting lists apply. Priority is given according to Commonwealth guidelines (single parents, children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children in families which include a disabled person, children in lower income and those with non English speaking backgrounds). It is important to apply to the centre as soon as you know that you would like to access their services.
New candidates should make contact with the centre as soon as they have accepted their offer for enrolment rather than wait until their arrival at RMIT.
Community childcare services
Most local governments keep a list of the childcare options available in the local area, and may also be able to help with information about costs, vacancies and operating hours.
Search your local council website for more information about your area.
Another useful search tool is CareForKids where you can search for centres with vacancies in your area.
Full costs of childcare care vary according to the Centre and the number of children attending with centres charging between $80 and $120 per child per day and family day care $6-$10 per hour. However significant subsidies and support are available for eligible families.
All Australian resident and permanent visa holder parents are eligible for government subsidies and rebates to assist with fees associated with registered childcare services. International students who are sponsored by the Australian government (ie AusAid scholarship recipients) also meet the residency requirements.
The Child Care Benefit helps with costs for approved and registered care such as long, family or occasional day care, outside school hour care, vacation care, pre-school and kindergarten.
It is income tested and is usually paid directly to approved child care services to reduce the fees that eligible families pay. Students/families on lower incomes receive higher levels of support. The benefit can be directed to reduce the fees payable to the childcare supplier or paid directly to you as a lump sum.
The Child Care Rebate covers the out-of-pocket costs of child care and it is not income tested. It covers up to 50 per cent of out-of-pocket costs, up to $7500 per child, per year.
The RMIT Childcare Centre makes additional concessions for all students with family responsibilities:
- Students receive a discounted rate. Currently the daily rate for the City Centre is $94 for each child of a student (or $423 per week), a discount of $8 per day (or $36 per week).
- Rather than committing to a full year of childcare in order to secure their place at the centre, students able to access childcare for the academic year with the remaining months covered by the University. If required, student families are welcome to use childcare for the whole year.
In addition HDR candidates may, subject to visa conditions, apply for part time candidature and scholarships if they have child care responsibilities.