Education Minister seeks new powers to freeze childcare centre approvals
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - December 7, 2015

The approval freeze would be used in circumstances where there is suspicion that new childcare services would engage in subsidy rorts or dodgy practices like 'child swapping' - where family day care educators place their children in each other's care and claim childcare subsidies. It would also...

Parents to get random 'spot checks' on their work hours under Coalition plan
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - December 2, 2015

Families will be subjected to random "spot checks" from the government to make sure they are reporting their work hours accurately under the Coalition's new childcare plan. Under the new childcare package, parents will need to work or study for at least eight hours a fortnight in in order to qualify...

Feminist childcare fight comes full circle as job-based policy fails children's needs
The Conversation - Eva Cox - December 2, 2015

In the 1970s, feminists pushed for children's services that recognised the need for care for children whose mothers had jobs. In 2015, the situation has reversed. Feminists and others concerned about good social policies need to push the rights of children to funded children's services, regardless...

Childcare funding changes leave disadvantaged children with fewer hours of early education
The Conversation - Susan Irvine - December 2, 2015

Under the current system, these children receive up to 24 hours of early childhood education and childcare (ECEC) a week, or about two days per week in a long day care centre, regardless of their parents' work status. The government is planning to cut this support by half. These changes will shape...

Hidden hit in government's childcare reforms for mums working casual jobs
News.com.au - Lauren Wilson - December 1, 2015

MUMS on casual contracts working a few shifts a fortnight could lose up to six hours a week of childcare under the federal government's new early learning package. A loophole in the new childcare arrangements will mean that families who qualify for the minimum amount of care under the new...

How do the 'No jab, no pay' law changes affect you?
SBS News - Peggy Giakoumelos - December 1, 2015

The laws withhold family payments worth up to $15,000 per year from parents who fail to have their children vaccinated. Parents who conscientiously object to vaccination for philosophical or religious reasons will not be able to collect the payments. The 'No jab, no pay' laws passed the Senate with the...

Christian Porter signals willingness to negotiate with Senate crossbench on family tax benefit changes
ABC News - Naomi Woodley - December 1, 2015

The Federal Government says it is willing to further compromise with the Senate crossbench in order to pass the remainder of its planned changes to family tax benefits. The Senate last night passed a bill to scrap Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B for couples, once their youngest child turns 13. The current...

Fair Work Commission puts childcare pay bid in limbo
The Australian - Elizabeth Colman - December 1, 2015

A bid by the childcare workers union to win pay rises of as much as 70 per cent is in limbo after a Fair Work Commission ruling raised the bar in equal pay cases. United Voice last night was pondering the industrial umpire's decision 2½ years after the union launched its landmark equal remuneration...

Authorities powerless to stop emergence of underground childcare run by anti-vaxxer collectives
The Courier Mail - Jessica Marszalek & Rose Brennan - December 1, 2015

AUTHORITIES are powerless to stop the emergence of underground childcare run by anti-vaxxer collectives. The shock revelation follows the emergence of secret social media groups that are plotting to set up black market daycare to get around new Federal laws that will block childcare...

Government relaxes family tax benefit reforms in bid to get Senate support for plan
ABC News - Jane Norman - November 30, 2015

Under the revised plan, single parents aged over 60 and grandparent carers will continue to receive Family Tax Benefit Part B until their youngest child turns 18. Single parents under 60 will receive an annual payment of $1,000 until their youngest child turns 16 and for everyone else, the payment...

No pay for no jab childcare: Morrison
NEWS.com.au - November 30, 2015

Childcare centres for non-vaccinated children are illegal and won't get any government money, Treasurer Scott Morrison warns. Anti-vaccination proponents in NSW and Queensland are reported to be seeking to set up their own childcare centres as "no jab, no pay" laws come into force in January...

Pressure on Senate to pass cuts to fund childcare changes
The Australian - Sarah Martin - November 30, 2015

A new childcare package that will means-test taxpayer rebates and give a boost to low-income earners will underpin a fresh government push to win Senate support for cuts to family tax benefits. Having announced yesterday a revamped childcare package designed to address concerns about fairness...

Rich lose most in childcare shake-up
The West Australian - Andrew Probyn - November 30, 2015

Rich families will be about $2250 a year worse off for every child they have in child care under a shake-up that increases support for families on incomes below $170,000. Under a new means-testing approach to child care to go before Parliament this week, a single subsidy will replace a complex system...

Grandparents exempt from childcare changes
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - November 30, 2015

Labor and the Greens have called on the government to release the details of its childcare package which will see a tougher means test applied to high income families receiving taxpayer assistance for the costs of childcare. The government will introduce legislation into Parliament later this week...

Anti-vaxxers offer black market babysitting
Courier Mail - Rose Brennan - November 30, 2015

ANTI-VAXXERS are going underground, setting up black market child care in a new dangerous trend that has shocked health authorities. The parents, who refuse to vaccinate their children, are skirting new state and federal laws that mean they lose childcare rebates if vaccines aren’t up to date...