• New system would give grandparents easier access to payments
  • Government plans to cut back subsidies for high-income earners

The Australian government will put a revised child-care subsidy plan to parliament this week in which grandparents will have easier access to funds while payments to high-income earners will be scaled back, ABC News reported on its website Sunday.

Under the planned package, grandparents who are primary carers will be exempt from the child-care activity test, which means they will not have to work or study to access government-funded support, ABC said.

The change would apply to almost 4,000 grandparents and would cost the government about A$20 million ($14.4 million), Education Minister Simon Birmingham was cited as saying by ABC. Under the plans, subsidies for families that earn more than A$250,000 a year will be cut back, according to the report.

The government wants the new system in place from 2017, ABC said.

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