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...

Turnbull Government to announce $110 million boost to youth mental healthcare services
Herald Sun - Tom Minear - January 8, 2018

TEACHERS will be armed with advice to identify and prevent mental health problems in their classrooms as part of a $110 million package to fight depression and anxiety in young Australians. The Herald Sun can reveal the Turnbull Government will today announce ...

Childcare fee rises to ease, Education Minister Simon Birmingham claims
Financial Review - Andrew Tillett - January 7, 2018

Childcare operators will be expected to keep fee increases more aligned with inflation as reforms are rolled out, with the Turnbull government already claiming success for helping ease the pressure on parents. Education Minister Simon Birmingham released ...

Families lose in childcare plan: Labor
News.com.au - Dominica Sanda - January 7, 2018

The Turnbull government's new childcare package has been slammed by Labor which says thousands of families will be worse off under the reforms. The new childcare package, which comes into effect from July 2, means low income families will be paying more for childcare ...

Hit the internet to find family fun that''s easy on the budget
Herald Sun - Susie O''Brien - January 7, 2018

PARENTS should shop around for school holiday discounts, vouchers and freebies to keep kids occupied for little or no cost, experts say. Many of Victoria''s major ­attractions offer discounts for groups, lower prices when tickets are bought online ...

Darwin childcare provider Bridge Family Day Care named on Child Care Enforcement Action Register
NT News - Annika Smethurst - January 7, 2018

LEANYER'S Bridge Family Day Care is the sole Northern Territory childcare provider to land on the Federal Government''''s name and shame register of “dodgy” operators. The Child Care Enforcement Action Register, which shows details of child care providers ...

Perth''s dodgy day care providers reprimanded
WA Today - Jon Daly - January 7, 2018

Four West Australian family day care centres had their licenses cancelled or suspended last year for using fraudulent means to obtain federal funding or other issues. A-Z Family Day Care Provider in Malaga, Alpha & Omega Family Day Care in Girrawheen...