$20bn welfare savings in 'winners vs losers' approach
The Australian - Rick Morton - February 11, 2017

This analysis does not include childcare costs, which will increase over the decade to 2026-27 but which the government says will provide an economic dividend in the form of families returning to work while raising children. More than $1.7bn in extra spending will go to childcare over the next four years...

Crackdown on dodgy childcare operators saves close to $1bn
The Australian - Rick Morton - February 10, 2017

Almost $1 billion in taxpayer money has been prevented from falling into the hands of dodgy childcare operators during the past three years and more than 100 services have been cancelled in the past year alone, new data reveals. After years of crisis in the family daycare sector - during which...

Winners and losers from Malcolm Turnbull's welfare cuts
Financial Review - Fleur Anderson - February 9, 2017

The surprise this week was the fact that without warning, Turnbull attached one of his positive goals for the 45th Parliament - childcare - to the remnants of the "stinking carcass" of the infamous 2014 "lifters and leaners" budget. To the fury of Labor leader Bill Shorten and his frontbench, the Turnbull...

No deal, Labor says on childcare bill
SBS News - February 9, 2017

Labor has ruled out supporting a Turnbull government omnibus bill that bundles an overhaul of childcare fee subsidies with welfare cuts. "These are just the same old cuts which the government''s been trying since 2014," shadow treasurer Chris Bowen told ABC radio on Thursday. The opposition...

Turnbull throws down challenge on childcare savings
The Australian - Sarah Martin - February 9, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull has thrown down a $4.3 billion savings challenge to parliament over family payments, seeking support for cheaper childcare and more generous paid parental leave funded by cuts to middle-class welfare. Sacrificing savings of $2.4bn in a compromise omnibus bill that was...

Coalition faces uphill battle after linking childcare package to rejected welfare cuts
The Guardian - Katharine Murphy - February 8, 2017

The opposition highlighted the fact that single-parent families would lose family tax benefit B entirely when their youngest child turns 16, leaving them $3,000 a year worse off. The childcare benefits also only apply if families have children enrolled in daycare or after school care. Instead of...

Childcare and paid parental leave changes haven't considered what's best for children
Sydney Morning Herald - Lisa Bryant - February 8, 2017

So which children will be winners and which will be losers? Let's start with paid parental leave. To hear the government talk, the paid parental leave changes are an improvement on what currently exists. They're not. So contorted has this debate become that the government can now offer paid...

Cory who? Turnbull cops $700m budget hit to secure childcare win
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - February 8, 2017

Reflecting an ongoing preparedness to compromise with an unwieldy Senate crossbench, the government has slowed the cuts to Family Tax Benefits annual supplements which were slated to fund the childcare boost. It has also slightly increased the paid parental leave scheme and added an extra two...

Childcare trumping preschool: report
News.com.au - Melissa Jenkins - February 8, 2017

Longer opening hours and government subsidies are encouraging parents to enrol their children in childcare centres rather than preschools, new research shows. As the federal government introduced proposed changes to childcare payments into parliament on Wednesday, IBISWorld released research...

Before and after school child care shortage leaves Tasmanian parents in lurch
ABC News - Rhiana Whitson - February 8, 2017

A booming economy in southern Tasmania and more parents working is leading to growing waiting lists for before and after school care, according to childcare providers. They also expressed concern that plans to lower the school staring age would further drive demand and a lack of space at schools...

Extra parental leave for childcare deal
News.com.au - February 8, 2017

Families will reportedly receive an extra two weeks of paid parental leave under a government deal to get is childcare reforms passed. The $700 million compromise deal will be introduced to parliament on Wednesday as part of an omnibus savings bill aimed at passing the childcare reforms and cuts to...

Push to boost family paid parental leave payments
The Australian - Sarah Martin - February 8, 2017

Families will receive an extra two weeks' paid parental leave under a $700 million compromise deal to be introduced to parliament today, as part of an omnibus savings bill aimed at passing the government's childcare reforms and cuts to family tax benefits. Substantial changes will also be made to...

Government budget savings bill: What are the changes to child care subsidies?
ABC News - Julie Doyle - February 8, 2017

Here's what you need to know about the changes. What are the child care changes? Currently the Government provides two payments to families to help with child care costs: the means-tested Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate, which is not means-tested. The proposal is to create one...

Centrelink overload sees families unable to access payments
Sydney Morning Herald - Bianca Hartge-Hazelman - February 8, 2016

Parents are being prevented from accessing the government's childcare rebate and other family payments because Centrelink staff are blocking phone lines and fudging caller wait times when reporting back to their bosses. Centrelink has been flooded with calls in recent weeks in response to the...

Government considers welfare deal to secure childcare package
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - February 6, 2017

Recipients of family welfare payments may get to keep their full benefits under a compromise being considered by the government in order to secure the passage of its childcare reforms. With Parliament to resume on Tuesday, one of the government's priority pieces of legislation will be to usher in the...