Federal Member for Shortland, Pat Conroy, says the cost of child care has become unaffordable for far too many families and quotes an increase by up to 7.2 percent in parts of the Central Coast between March 2019 and March 2020.
He said Labor has put forward a plan for cheaper child care and to help parents find out how much cheaper, they have launched the Child Care Calculator.
“The new website is a useful tool for the over one million families that will be better off under Labor’s Cheaper Child Care for Working Families plan,” Conroy said.
He said under this plan, Labor would scrap the $10,560 child care subsidy cap which often meant women losing money from an extra day’s work, lift the maximum child care subsidy rate to 90 percent and increase child care subsidy rates and taper them for every family earning less than $530,000.
“Labor will keep working to fix Australia’s broken child care system,” he said.
“The Productivity Commission will conduct a comprehensive review of the sector with the aim of implementing a universal 90 percent subsidy for all families.
“The ACCC will design a price regulation mechanism to shed light on costs and fees and drive them down as well as examine the relationship between funding, fees, profits and educators’ salaries.”
Media release, Dec 7
Federal Member for Shortland, Pat Conroy