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Fixing childcare affordability

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Sarah Hanson-Young 27 Aug 2013

The Greens are standing up for greater quality and affordability in early education and care. We are fully committed to the national quality reforms being rolled out across the country, and only the Greens have proposed a fully-costed way to back that commitment up with effective financial investment.

Australian parents are facing a crisis in childcare fees and costs of living.  Childcare fees are skyrocketing around the country, but there's been nothing but empty promises from Labor and the Coalition despite the increasing pressure on families.

The Greens' ‘New Benefit' childcare payment boosts childcare by $2.29 billion over the forward estimates, to help with the costs of the national quality reforms and address the crisis of high fees and chronic lack of childcare places.

We are rolling the Rebate and Benefit together and significantly boosting funding, to set up a more simple system for childcare payments that is better targeted to those who need the most help. 100% of costs will be covered for families with children who are vulnerable or at risk, and 90% or more of costs covered for familes on the lowest incomes.

The New Benefit will provide additional assistance for 800,000 families, which is 1.15 million Australian children.  It will provide an average increase of $27 per week childcare assistance for families using long day care (approximately $1300 per year extra on average). The Greens have proposed policies that will open up new childcare places through:

  • Additional funding for childcare assistance so that parents and providers aren't shouldering the costs of better quality childcare and expanded services.
  • Our Capital Grants Scheme of $200 million over four years, which will allow community and not-for-profit centres to build new rooms and facilities.
  • Our HELP waiver scheme for teachers, to assist the sector to attract and keep four year tertiary qualified teachers in long day care and fill in the urgent staffing gaps in the early education teaching sector.
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