Train chaos: 'Don't come to work on Monday' January 29 big banks advise workers
Daily Telegraph - Annabel Hennessy - January 19, 2018

Childcare Alliance treasurer Karthika Viknarasah, the director of two long daycare services, said centres would roster extra staff. "It's going to be extremely difficult for us because we'll also have to worry about how our staff get to work and pick up their own children,” she said...

Glen Waverley woman fights against childcare centre, fears crying babies will upset tenant
Herald Sun - Geordie Cowan - January 18, 2018

A GLEN Waverley woman has spent more than $6000 fighting an application for a childcare centre next to her property, fearing the sound of crying babies will upset one of her elderly tenants. Laurel Sloan employed a town planning consultant to represent her at a Victorian Civil and...

Rural women deserve the same access to childcare as their urban counterparts
The Weekly Times - Louise Staley - January 17, 2018

ACCESS to childcare across country Victoria is the No. 1 barrier to work for many mothers of young children. With sparse populations, traditional long-daycare childcare centres are not feasible in many towns, yet creating a childcare centre designed to draw from a large area does not work...

Almost 2000 childcare places and 17 new centres planned for westside
The Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley - January 16, 2018

THE group representing Queensland's long day care service providers has spoken out about a flood of new centres and says potential developers should have to prove there is local need. A Westside News analysis found there were currently 17 centres proposed, approved or under construction...

Markets help hold prices down
The Australian - January 16, 2018

Education and health spending, which are heavily influenced by government policies, also soared. Spending on childcare skyrocketed by 99.5 per cent in the six years to 2016, spending on primary and secondary education by 50.5 per cent and HECS spending by 30.5 per cent. Outlays on healthcare...

Electorates that will be the biggest losers from child care changes
News.com.au - January 15, 2017

THE federal government has accused Labor of wanting to waste taxpayer money subsidising childcare for parents sitting around at home. The opposition has sought to highlight the losers from the changes starting in July, using a new breakdown of which electorates contain the 279,000 families...

New childcare register reveals southwest as hotspot for illicit centres
Daily Telegraph - Danielle Buckley - January 15, 2018

Launched last week, the Child Care Enforcement Action Register names and shames 59 NSW centres that were enrolling too many students or claiming taxpayer subsidies between July 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. A staggering 70 per cent of those caught were operating from Canterbury...

Federal government's child care reforms 'hurt 3000 families': Senator Helen Polley
The Examiner - Lucy Stone - January 15, 2018

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has claimed the federal government's child care reforms will see 3000 Tasmanian families in the lowest economic brackets worse off. However Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the reforms will encourage more than 230,000 families nationally...

Rising cost of essential services putting the squeeze on homes
The Australian - David Uren - January 15, 2018

Childcare has been the fastest growing item in the household budget, partly reflecting the significant increase in salary and staffing numbers dictated under legislation passed under the former Labor government. Education Minister Simon Birmingham yesterday defended ­reforms to childcare...

Opinion: It's time to stop playing games and fix the childcare system once and for all
The Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - January 15, 2018

LIKE private health insurance, paid child care is a cost draining the pockets of families and governments. Fees keep going up because of silly government decisions (such as requiring childcare providers to hire better qualified staff – do they really need someone with a university degree looking...

'Secret hit list' reveals suburbs that will suffer most under childcare reforms
Yahoo News - January 15, 2018

Australia's secret hit list of the areas which will suffer the most from the government's childcare reforms has been revealed. The government subsidy has helped ease the pressure on parents, but the rules are about to change and not all families will be eligible for assistance. Labor's childcare...

More than 93,000 NSW families will be worse off as childcare changes start in six months
Daily Telegraph - Annika Smethurst - January 14, 2018

MORE than 40 per cent of families in some Sydney electorates will be worse off when the Federal ­Government's new childcare subsidies kick in this year. An analysis by the Department of Education, released under Freedom of Information, has revealed the Federal electorates where the...

More than 1.2 million access taxpayer paid parental leave benefits
Financial Review - Tom McIlroy - January 12, 2018

Taxpayer-funded paid parental leave benefits have flowed to more than 1.2 million Australians since the scheme was established, new federal government figures reveal. Department of Social Services data provided to a Senate estimates committee showed that since the scheme's commencement...

Parents face childcare dilemma as Christmas holidays drag on
ABC News - Ashleigh Stevenson - January 12, 2018

As the Christmas break comes to an end and it is time to head back to work, many parents are left with the headache of how to care for their children for the few weeks of school holidays that remain. For most it is a dilemma — do you turn to childcare? Ask a grandparent to help? Try to find school holiday programs...

Vic child care operator cops $85,000 fine
News.com.au - AAP - January 9, 2018

A Melbourne child care operator has been fined $85,000 for underpaying "vulnerable" workers she received government subsidies to employ. Academy for Kids operator Vivien Mahomet underpaid two workers at Glen Waverley by $14,341 between 2013 and 2015...