New Sydney childcare spots to meet demand
7News - July 5, 2016

Families battling to find childcare spots in inner-city Sydney will soon see some welcome relief, with four new childcare centres to open their doors by the end of the year. The City of Sydney has announced centres being built in Alexandria, Darlinghurst, Annandale and Green Square will be open...

Federal election 2016: Young mums pushed swing to Labor
The Australian - John Black - July 5, 2016

They may not have had a vote, but their mums and dads did and they thumped Scott Morrison's budget out of the ballpark on Saturday. They took aim at it because of its failure to increase the limit on childcare subsidies, as this meant many working mums in this group ran out of their commonwealth...

Why your business should care about childcare reform this election
Smart Company - Max Stainkamph - July 1, 2016

Bringing more women into the workforce could leave Australian Gross Domestic Product $25 billion dollars better off if the female workforce participation rate matched that of Canada's, which is 6% higher, the Grattan Institute found in 2012. Childcare affordability has a "significant" ...

Federal election 2016: ALP attacked for childcare 'con'
The Australian - Sarah Martin - July 1, 2016

The government has accused Labor of cutting spending on childcare from 2018, saying it is trying to mask a "secret" budget saving worth more than $4 billion over the next decade. Costings released by the opposition last Sunday show that Labor has adopted the government's $3bn increase in...

Disciplinary action launched against North Perth child care centre
WA Today - Heather McNeill - June 30, 2016

The state government has launched disciplinary action against the North Perth child care centre where two children were allegedly taken from its grounds and sexually assaulted - claiming several safety breaches. Two children, a four-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy, were allegedly lured...

'The current system is a total mess': Waleed Aly fires up on childcare policies, agrees with Coalition's proposed overhaul
News.com.au - June 30, 2016

WALEED Aly has fired up about childcare policies on The Project, slamming the current model as a "total mess" and agreeing with the Coalition's proposed overhaul. Two options are currently in place for Australian parents: The means-tested Child Care Benefit (CCB) and a non-means...

Family first! A company is offering its employees returning to work after having children an extra $100 A DAY to cover the cost of childcare
Daily Mail - Lauren Grounsell - June 30, 2016

A Sydney company is making it easier for new parents to return to work by offering them an extra $100-a-day bonus to cover childcare costs. The Works agency in Sydney will introduce the initiative next month after some of their employees said the cost of childcare was inhibiting them from...

Mining billionaire Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest wants welfare payments linked to school attendance
News.com.au - Malcolm Farr - June 30, 2016

Mr Forrest said the same type of welfare threat behind the "no jab, no pay" strategy to get youngsters protected from serious illness could be used to protect them from a failed education. He wants a trial of measures making school attendance a condition for receiving the Family Tax Benefit A and...

High staff turnover in childcare sector affects children's development, researcher says
ABC News - Jessica van Vonderen - June 29, 2016

Education experts fear a high turnover in childcare workers will have a detrimental impact on children at a critical point in their development. A nationwide survey of 1,200 childcare workers conducted by the Queensland University of Technology found one-in-five intended on leaving their job in...

Federal election 2016: Major parties accused of neglecting work and family issues
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - June 29, 2016

"We have had an eight-week election campaign and very little public conversation around work and family," Dr Hill said. "We have two childcare policies, but they haven't been presented in a holistic way and they are not joined up with paid parental leave. We have the Coalition standing by their...

Childcare: Coalition rejects modelling showing families better off under Labor
The Guardian - Gareth Hutchens - June 28, 2016

The Coalition has flatly rejected the results of modelling that shows most families would be better off under Labor's childcare and family payments policy than under its own over the next two years. The education minister, Simon Birmingham, said he would rather stick with official analysis from...

Election 2016: What Vote Compass reveals about paid parental leave and childcare
ABC News - Mazoe Ford and Clare Blumer - June 28, 2016

Paid parental leave and childcare are key areas of policy difference between the major parties ahead of Saturday's federal election. But where do Australian voters stand on these critical issues for Australian families? The ABC's Vote Compass survey provides some insights about what the wider...

Election 2016: What are the six key points from election campaign?
ABC News - Dan Conifer - June 28, 2016

Labor pledged $3 billion to help families with childcare fees from January 2017. It would do this by lifting the childcare rebate cap from $7,500 to $10,000 and increasing the means-tested childcare benefit by 15 per cent - up to $31 extra a week. The Coalition's overhaul of the sector - that would...

Early childhood education faces crisis as workers quit
Ten News - June 27, 2016

Unappreciated and poorly paid, alarming data shows Australian early childcare workers are jumping ship en masse. New national research reveals one in five will quit their job in the next year, as a love of working with children cannot overcome the industry-wide scourge of low wages and...

Mums unsure on paid parental leave
The West Australian - Phoebe Wearne - June 26, 2016

Primary carers for newborns are currently entitled to 18 weeks PPL at the minimum wage as well as their employer's PPL scheme - if their employer has one. The Federal Government has signalled it will press ahead with plans to prevent parents from claiming PPL from the Government as well...