The problem with anything that increases the 'motherhood penalty'
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - July 4, 2018

So why, then, did I even write it? Why, then, do I believe there is any case for subsidising childcare for even 'wealthy' women? The answer is because there is already a significant 'motherhood penalty' that Australian women with children wear and anything that compounds it and further...

Childcare changes push women to start their own businesses
Sydney Morning Herald - Cara Waters - July 4, 2018

Andrea Christie-David started her own business on the day the government's changes to childcare came into effect. The lawyer's childcare fees were about to skyrocket, prompting her to seek the flexibility of running her own business. "With three children under the age of four...

Centrelink website crashes as parents rush to claim new childcare subsidies
SBS News - James Alton-Pym - June 3, 2018

Parents attempting to update their details with Centrelink to access the Turnbull government's revamped childcare subsidy have complained the site has been frequently unresponsive over the past few days. The site was shut down over the weekend for "scheduled maintenance"...

'The childcare subsidy is a hand up, not a handout'
Kidspot - Julie Mellor - July 3, 2018

In recent weeks I have heard countless complaints about the new childcare subsidy scheme. Many of these grievances are legitimate; an unemployed parent, for example, is going to have a hard time looking for work if they cannot afford to have their children in care, or even...

Why this share could be one of the best income ideas on the ASX
The Motley Fool - Tristan Harrison - July 3, 2018

One of the better ideas for income on the ASX could be Arena REIT No 1 (ASX: ARF), it's a real estate investment trust (REIT). The business says that its investment strategy is to invest in sectors such as childcare, healthcare, education and government tenanted facilities leased on...

How many childcare centres is too many?
The Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley - July 3, 2018

A SECOND childcare centre has been proposed only a stone's throw from a controversial facility planned for a congested Bardon character home street. A three-level, 9.5m-high centre has been proposed by Atherton Childcare Investments at 144-146 Boundary Rd opposite the main...

Parents who refuse to vaccinate will be docked money from their family tax benefit from today
News.com.au - Tory Shepherd - July 3, 2018

AS PART of the changes for the new financial year, from today parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will be docked money from their family tax benefit.Under the Federal Government "No Jab, No Pay" program, Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will cop a fortnightly $28 reduction...

Learning languages early is key to making Australia more multilingual
The Conversation - Robyn Moloney - July 3, 2018

Simon Birmingham recently announced the government will invest an additional A$11.8 million in a successful preschool language learning program. Some 300 languages are spoken in Australia. In the Greater Sydney area alone, nearly 40% of households speak...

Government to name and shame childcare providers who hike fees
The Australian - Rachel Baxendale - July 2, 2018

Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the government will name and shame childcare centres which impose excessive fee increases on parents and taxpayers, as the Turnbull government's overhaul of the system comes into effect today. Under the new system, an estimated one...

New childcare policy still leaves vulnerable families behind
The Conversation - Marianne Fenech - July 2, 2018

But while child care policies over the past decade have improved child care accessibility and quality, families in vulnerable circumstances are still left behind. And allowing for-profit services to be the majority seems to be part of the problem. The package follows other policies introduced...

'As an early childhood educator, today's child care changes have me extremely concerned.'
MamaMia - Karen Moran - July 2, 2018

I'm an early childhood educator. And today's child care changes have left me, and educators Australia-wide extremely concerned about disadvantaged children. The new child care subsidy leaves many families worse off on both ends of the spectrum, but disadvantaged families are being...

New Child Care Subsidy: I fear efforts to close the gender pay gap could suffer
Women's Agenda - Susan Templeman - July 2, 2018

As new child care arrangements kick in for parents this week, Labor MP Susan Templeman fears some women will be worse off, especially if making a post-baby move from part time to full time work. There is some trepidation among parents as the start date for the new Child Care...

New childcare subsidy a slug for some parents
The Australian - Rhian Deutron - July 2, 2018

Professional women who want to go back to fulltime work after having children will be hit hard by the federal government's new childcare subsidy, with many already scaling back hours because they simply cannot afford the cost of care in big cities. Jen O'Malley, a 35-year-old...

From today, I'll be paying $45 a day to go to work
Sydney Morning Herald - Renee Richards - July 2, 2018

How much would you pay to go to work? I am a hospital-based physiotherapist and under the new childcare subsidy scheme that begins today, I will be required to pay $45 a day to go to work. I have one daughter in childcare, three days a week, and am on maternity...

Government targets price-gouging by childcare providers
Financial Review - Peter Durkin - July 1, 2018

Education Minister Simon Birmingham has warned the government will name and shame centres ripping off parents, as the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission said it was powerless to step in unless it could prove collusion or misrepresentations about the fee increases...