Taxes that deter mothers from working are unfair
Sydney Morning Herald - Georgina Dent - July 1, 2018

The moment I tell you a household has a taxable income above $350,000 is likely to be the same moment you determine there's no case for that family to receive any government assistance. That type of income puts the household firmly in the bracket of the nation's top earners...

A childcare revolution is set to change the way we live
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - July 1, 2018

Whether parents win, lose, or are simply flummoxed by the complex new childcare subsidy system, they have one thing in common: the biggest childcare funding overhaul in 40 years will prompt Australians to review the way they juggle work and family. Around the kitchen table...

Childcare subsidy changes start tomorrow - here's what you need to know
ABC News - Julie Doyle - July 1, 2018

After years of reports, inquiries, promises and delays, the massive shake-up of the childcare system finally starts on Monday. There's been a lot of political argument about whether families will be better or worse off. The Education Department estimates close to 1 million families will be...

The groundbreaking new childcare model helping parents cope with holiday juggle
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - July 1, 2018

BABIES could be in the boardroom under a groundbreaking new childcare model helping parents cope with the school holiday juggle. A new provider, KidsCo Australia, has been hired by corporates such as Cotton On Group, Bega, Swisse, Wrigley and Liberty Financial to set up...

Will childcare changes lead to fee rises? Some operators quietly say yes
ABC News - Norman Hermant - June 30, 2018

But for centres, the transition to electronic sign-in and out is expensive. Some operators estimate the costs could easily be more than $1,000 for each tablet. "We've actually had to ensure that the iPad can have the software on the system. Plus, we need internet connection and secure...

Big Brother is here as the government links your face scan to tax, health and welfare benefits
The Mercury - Sue Dunlevy - June 30, 2018

YOUR face will be scanned - and then analysed - to access Medicare and childcare subsidies, the age pension, welfare benefits and pay tax online under a controversial reform. Under a Big Brother style scheme, Australians will have to provide biometric data to a controversial...

Majority of SA families to be big winners in child care reforms
The Advertiser - Matt Smith - June 30, 2018

ALMOST eight in ten South Australian families will benefit from new childcare reforms to take shape this week, new figures show. Federal Education Department analysis shows that 61,480 families across the state, or around 79.3 per cent are set to benefit from a $2.6 billion...

'Shamed' out of day care, companies set their sights on NDIS billions
Sydney Morning Herald - Patrick Begley - June 29, 2018

Family day-care operators whose businesses were found to be fraudulent or unsafe are now targeting the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme in new ventures. A Fairfax Media investigation has uncovered more than two dozen cases across four states where those with chequered...

New rules put community kindies at risk of closure
The West Australian - Rhianna Mitchell - June 29, 2018

Community kindergartens are facing an uncertain future because of increased competition in the early learning sector and new enrolment requirements from the Department of Education. The number of community kindergartens in WA has fallen from 30 to 17 since 2011...

Preschoolers win exemption under new childcare subsidy
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - June 28, 2018

Childcare is important to Albie Nesbitt, and not only because it's a chance to play chasing games with his mates. The long daycare centre's preschool program teaches the four-year-old skills he will need to cope with kindergarten. Many parents, Albie's mother among them, had been worried...

Irate parents can't access Centrelink app to make childcare subsidy change
Kidspot - Leesa Smith - June 28, 2018

The new childcare subsidy takes hold on Monday and the Federal Government is happy with the way the new rollout is going. But parents are far from impressed. In fact, they're pulling their hair out because they can't access the Centrelink section in the My Gov site – or when they do...

Experts warn play time is 'disappearing' as emphasis is placed on performance and tests
Perth Now - Rhianna Mitchell - June 28, 2018

Play is "disappearing" in early childhood education, according to a group of experts who say an obsession with preparing children for school has extended to babies and toddlers. A push for a Statewide play strategy, led by the WA branch of Early Childhood Australia, is gathering momentum...

Childcare rebate wall affects 60,000
Yahoo News - Karen Sweeney - June 28, 2018

More than 60,000 families ran out of childcare support with a month to go before the end of the financial year. Almost a million families have made the switch to a new rebate system that will scrap a rebate cap for most families from July 2. But up to 200,000 more still need to make the...

More than 1800 SA families paying full childcare fees after hitting $7613 annual rebate cap
The Advertiser - Sheradyn Holderhead - June 28, 2018

MORE than 1800 South Australian families will save money on childcare when the Turnbull Government abolishes a $7613 annual cap on federal rebates. It comes as Education Minister Simon Birmingham reminds families to sign up to the new subsidies scheme, which comes into effect on...

Investors line up for childcare
The Australian - Ben Wilmot - June 28, 2018

Australia's childcare sector is on the precipice of an investment boom, with a record 101 freehold childcare centres transacting for $404 million around the country last year, according to analysis by Peritus Childcare Sales. The centres in the hot sector traded on an average capitalisation rate...