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Child Care

Child care is good for children. It’s good for families. And it’s good for the economy. But it’s become too expensive, and too complicated. The system has been designed in a way that punishes parents – often women – for working a fourth and fifth day. It’s a system that isn’t working. Labor will fix it.

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Labor's vision:

  1. Labor will scrap the $10,560 annual limit on the child care subsidy which often sees women losing money from an extra day’s work.
  2. We will lift the maximum child care subsidy rate to 90 per cent.
  3. Labor will increase child care subsidy rates for every family earning less than $530,000.
  4. Under our Cheaper Child Care policy, 97% of families using child care will be better off. No family will be worse off.

The details:

Labor’s Cheaper Child Care policy will take the pressure off family budgets.

The current child care system is not designed to get everyone back to work. Many parents, across all income levels, want to go back to work or do more hours but find it just isn’t worth it because they don’t take home enough pay.

Many parents actually lose money if they work a fourth or fifth day.

Labor’s Cheaper Child Care policy will remove these structural barriers that are holding second income earners – mostly women – back from work.

Cheaper child care is good for the economy, good for families and good for women.

Making child care more affordable will lift workforce participation and increase economic growth.

Economists have modelled how much the economy grows with more investment in child care.

KPMG estimated child care reform could generate between 160,000 and 210,000 additional working days a week – the equivalent of 30,000-40,000 full-time jobs.

Grattan Institute research concluded that women with young children will increase their hours of paid work by 13 per cent if the system is reformed to make child care cheaper.

These reports estimate that that reform of child care could generate GDP growth of between $4 billion and $11 billion per year.

This is a fundamental economic reform that will supercharge growth.

Labor’s Cheaper Child Care policy plan will deliver immediate support to families. And we also have a plan to bring child care fees under control.

We will ask the ACCC to conduct an in-depth market study into the early childhood education and care sector to analyse the cost structures and cost drivers in the sector and report publicly with recommendations to better control costs. The ACCC will also examine the relationship between funding, fees, profits and educator salaries.


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334a Marrickville Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

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PO Box 6022
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 4022
Fax: (02) 6277 8562

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Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

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