The Australian Greens have today called on the Opposition to support a long overdue review by the Productivity Commission into how the government funds early childhood education and care services.
"We have for some time been calling on the government to direct the Productivity Commission to review how the childcare rebate and childcare benefits are used to fund services," Greens' early childhood education & care spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.
"We believe it would be more efficient and effective, not to mention cheaper for families to fund services directly.
"Since November 2009 the Greens have been calling on the government to engage the Productivity Commission for a broad-based review to also cover cost and benefits of in-home care options. This was outlined in our report to the Senate inquiry following the collapse of ABC Learning.
"It is crucial that any taxpayer money spent on services is linked to achieving quality and accessibility outcomes.
"If the government is going to be paying, we must make sure staff are trained and qualified.
"Let's have a look at how best we fund and support the care and education of our youngest citizens and encourage women to stay connected to the workforce.
"Extending the government's paid parental leave scheme to 6 months and include superannuation would be a good start, too."